Well now. While you’re sitting around waiting for the 3DVia iPhone App or throwing your vote in for an eDrawings app, a relatively small band of developers has slammed 3D model viewing right into your sleek smartphone.

Dan Halabe and Chuck Han have release NaviCAD, currently the only way to get silly with 3D viewing excitement for the plethora of 3D models available at Google’s 3D Warehouse. Here’s what you’ll see.


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The app comes with some nice features. There’s tilt rotation, bookmarking and emailing links to others in appreciation of fine 3D modeling. The viewing however, is not all that intuitive and, depending on the model’s environment can be quite difficult to manipulate. Even with those small issues, it would be a fun way to search out 3D models or show off some of your own.

When you fire up the app you have two areas you’re able to search, Google Warehouse and the Collada Test Model Bank

The two galleries available to search. Collada and Google Warehouse.
The two galleries available to search. Collada and Google Warehouse.

The view when loading. Watch it on the large models, if the model is too big…

The loading screen. The bigger the model...
The loading screen. The bigger the model...

You’ll get this warning…

Warning for very large models
Warning for very large models

In Google Warehouse…

A house from Google's 3D Warehouse. (Tilt rotation disabled because of size)
A house from Google's 3D Warehouse. (Tilt rotation disabled because of size)

and in Collada…

Yes, a duck. I couldn't get it oriented right side up.
Yes, a duck. I couldn't get it oriented right side up.

and one more from Google 3D Warehouse…

The Taj Mahal from Google Warehouse
The Taj Mahal from Google Warehouse

The NaviCAD 3D Viewer app is available for $0.99 at itunes (iTunes link!).
Via WorldCADAccess

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Josh is founder and editor at SolidSmack.com, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.