Still excited for the last article (about The Spacemaker)? Well, here we come with today’s dose of cool stuff, that does cool things in a brand-new (cool) way!
Introducing Sketchfab: set aside all you know about renders and 3D models, ‘cause some TechStars NY alumni have just delivered you with something that allows everyone to display 3D contents on any web page, finally bringing 3D into a way too flat 2D internet!
According to them: “Sketchfab is for everyone! For folks who make 3D content and want to show and share it: artists, designers, engineers, brands, architects, 3D scanners, etc. And for people who just want to browse an awesome new media and dive into incredible environments”. AGREED!
All you need to do is create a free account and upload a 3D model (27 supported formats). The server will process it and display it in real-time in the browser. You can add meta information and share your model on the web, plus, viewer can be embedded on any web page. “Just like Youtube, but for 3D files”, they say.
Supported files and formats: Sketchfab supports textures, normal maps, specular, diffuse, transparency, lights and more; as for supported formats, the list is quite long: Blender (.blend), Collada (.dae), Wavefront (.obj), FBX (.fbx), Design Web Format (.dwf), OpenSceneGraph (.osg, osgt, osgb, ive), 3DS (.3ds), Lightwave (.lwo, .lws), Polygon File Format (.ply), and many, many others! (if you’re not that lazy, you can check their page for more info).
Plans & Pricing: Sketchfab is… awesomely free! No fee at all, to upload an unlimited number of public models (50MB each) and enjoy unlimited views and embeds. Need more? For more exigent users there’s, a Pro version, and a Business version, for those who want to use Sketchfab for commercial purposes (schools, cultural institutions and non-profit organizations get a discount).
Simple screenshots or “show-reels” are for losers: just get you some of this “Sketchfab thing” and start playing like a real pro! :)Author: Davide Nastasi