What is the best way to create solid 3D models for sharing?

Let me start by saying I'm a tech writer, not an engineer. I've been tasked with creating a library of 3D models of automotive service equipment that can be shared with customers. We are a engineering / manufacturing company. The engineering department uses PTC Creo to design our equipment. I currently use Right Hemisphere Deep Exploration to open the assemblies. I can then save them as a variety of 3D file types. The problem is, obviously these models are VERY HEAVY as they contain all components. Plus, we have to protect our IP.

I've attached 2 images of an .STP assembly that we received from an outside vendor. One is the whole model, the other is a cross section showing a solid body. This is exactly what I need to achieve to share our assemblies. I figure in the most basic form, the end users would have something like Sketchup. They could then import a .3DS of the equipment and layout their shop.

Our engineering dept. has used the Shrinkwrap feature of Creo with limited success. The models are not solid, and some surfaces are not exported.

I believe the attached file was created with Catia using the CATPart from Product function. Does anyone know of a way that I can achieve this result? Or give better guidance to an engineer to get this?

Sorry for the length of this question. Thanks in advance.

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.Stp is an interchangable generally popular format. But one would still need to import into their own CAD system. Alternatively you could upload these to Grabcad workbench to share with specific customers.
Another option is to export from pro/engineer / Creo to the .pvz file format. Which can then be opened in a range of free light weight viewers, even on an iphone.. See http://www.ptc.com/product/creo/view/mcad

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