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We’ve stretched back the jowls and have devoured our share of 3D viewing tech lately, but it’s not over. There’s sunglass.io, a web-based 3D viewer, and Maide Cotrol that brings 3d model interaction to the iPhone and iPad. Now, we have another viewer that allows import, smooth 3D viewing and sharing.

p3D 3D Model Viewer

The p3d 3D viewer is a sleek, WebGL-based system with the advantage of not requiring any specialized hardware or browser plugins. All you need is a browser that supports WebGL. (Sorry IE and iOS users.)

P3d is currently in beta and while it’s pretty thin on features, you can get a free account with 50MB storage space, the options of importing OBJ files (more coming soon), different shading/wireframe modes and as you can see below, you can even embed it in an html document. Now, if your up on the WebGL news, you know it’s been criticized for security vulnerabilities. You can get up to speed on it here on the WebGL wikipedia page. Nevertheless, it continues to be developed and in our opinion, that’s a good thing.

Filed under: CAD DESIGN TECH

  • Jon

    Just what I’ve been waiting for… maybe in a year or two, using a game engine, it could be usable across a variety of e-com sites that use 3D models extensively.

    Founder of WoodMarvels.com

  • Stefan Boeykens

    Works fine in Safari on OSX (if you enable WebGL). Would be nice to see if it can integrate easily into a CMS, such as WordPress or Drupal, to visualize uploaded 3D models by users.

  • sunglass.io does this already. see the sunglass player on http://kaustique.tumblr.com/

  • Vital

    WordPress plugin to easily embed P3D models into your posts – http://fineonly.com/p3d

  • Josh M

    very cool. Thanks.

  • guntrumm

    Hello, don’t know if anyone still reads this. As far as wordpress plugins are concerned: I recently wrote a threejs wordpress pugin. With this you can host your models on your own webserver. Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3U21aoea9I It’s still an early version though (currently only allows json converted models).

  • Josh M

    Pretty slick! So how would you take a solid .obj to json. Would live to know more.

  • Marco

    Hi guys, I just wanted to mention another WebGL-based CAD viewer on the web 3DViewerOnline. It supports STEP, IGES, OBJ (also with MTL and Texture), STL and 2D DXF. It allows to measure and to choose view and camera (Perspective or Orthographic). Overall simple, but pretty handy and powerful if you have a decent GPU, look at the f1 on the gallery section.