If you haven’t checked out our Featured Websites page lately, we’ve added some interesting 3D worlds created by 3DXplorer users.
Here are two in particular that show the flexibility of 3DXplorer and web 3D in general, but also give some insight into potential applications.
The first is a real place, the Taj Mahal in Agra India, created by one of our partners GoWeb3D. You can visit it by clicking on the image below.
The second world is an imaginary space created in 3DXplorer by a a Quad ATV enthusiast, Eric Etienne.
3D spaces or worlds can represent real places, whether they exist now, existed in the past or will exist in the future. All you need is a 3D model, and since 3DXplorer supports importing common data formats in COLLADA and 3DS, a variety of popular and easily accessible 3D modeling tools can be used, including SketchUp, Revit, 3ds Max, Maya, etc. The Taj was modeled in SketchUp by the way.
In industries where 3D modeling is used, for instance, markets that use CAD, such as AEC (Architecture, Engineering and Construction), the idea of discussion and reviewing models online has been around for a while. This is often referred to as a design review, and typically consists of discussing the object being designed, in this case the 3D model. In the AEC space this is usually a building or structure.
This sort of traditional design review is one use of 3DXplorer, which, of course, brings along the benefit of being immersed in the 3D space. In other words, one or more people can enter the 3D space and walk around, visually inspect the space, discuss chat, speak via Skype, etc.
3DXplorer, however, offers another interesting opportunity. Now the 3D space — the building or structure that has been modeled in 3D — can be the environment for discussion, in addition to being the object of discussion.
This now creates all sorts of new uses for a 3D model, allowing the creator to repurpose and extend the value of their investment in creating the 3D model. Imagine a home builder who wants to meet with customers or prospects, why not do it within one of the home designs created by the builder? Or what about a group interested in Indian architecture, why not get together at the Taj? Check out Google’s 3D Warehouse for literally thousands of buildings, many of which you’ll recognize. In addition, to the Taj, some other worlds on our Feature Websites page came from the 3D Warehouse, can you figure out which?
And what about imaginary spaces? All this applies to them as well, but with the added element of the space or world being pretty much whatever you can conceive and model, customized with colors, textures and 3D objects that reinforce a particular theme or interest of visitors. Eric’s Quad ATV space is a nice example.
So what can you imagine?