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3D in your web pages

How to put interactive 3D images on a web page? What technical solutions for them to be visible by a maximum of Internet users, in other words supported by a wide range of browsers? How to implement them?

Several solutions exist, but none has yet emerged: technologies, equipment and standards are constantly changing in this area, so the choices are not obvious. To schematize, there are solutions that have proven themselves but which do not seem to have a future (Flash 3D, Java3D) and promising solutions based on standards but which are not yet universally supported (WebGL, CSS3 3D).

Flash 3D: proprietary solution (Adobe), user side requires the Flash plug-in, design side a good knowledge of ActionScript or go through a dedicated 3D Flash engine (Away3D, CopperCube …).

Java3D: open-source solution, Java API (not included in the JDK), user side requires the Java virtual machine, design side some knowledge of 3D programming or go through software like WireFusion.

The Flash plug-in and the JVM are installed on almost all (98%) desktop computers.

WebGL: open-source solution, port of the OpenGL standard for web browsers, user side requires compatible graphics card, driver and browser (more and more widespread, 70% at the time of writing this newsletter, updated info on WebGLstats), design side some knowledge of 3D programming and Javascript or go through a rendering engine exporting WebGL (CopperLicht, CopperCube …). It is actually a Javascript API that allows browsers to use the power of calculating graphics cards to display images and animations in real time via the <canvas> tag of HTML5.

SKETCHFAB: AN ALTERNATIVE FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT HAVE THE TIME TO LEARN …

Recently, a very practical solution has emerged that will meet the immediate needs of some people: the Sketchfab gallery.

It is a 3D model hosting service designed on the same principle as YouTube or Vimeo. You import your file in its native format and the service is responsible for posting on the Internet. You can then publish, share and integrate it into your web pages. The service is based on the WebGL standard and an alternative solution for users whose hardware configuration is not compatible.

3D Modelling Mauritius

What is 3D modeling?

3D modeling allows you to create 3-dimensional objects on a computer. Thus, it is possible to realize complex objects, environments, characters, buildings, landscapes, etc. from simple shapes such as spheres, polygons, cones or curves that define structures. Everything is possible. To dress the objects, they are covered with textures. Once done, even if you start having results, the work is not finished. Indeed, it is possible to apply characteristics to each element created to set it in motion, for example, or to assign reactions that will occur in a given situation. Sources of light can also be defined to virtually illuminate objects, make them more real and put them in situation. Thus, the 3D modeling makes it possible to put in situation of objects before proceeding to their manufacture. This is called CAD, computer-aided design. But of course, it’s not the only application of 3D modeling. Indeed, it also serves as a basis for the production of multimedia or audiovisual content.

How to do 3D modeling?

3D modeling requires specialized software. 3D modeling is a complex area that requires specific training. It is true that today there are tools allowing everyone to do a little 3D, but of course these are limited. The principle is the same as in photo editing: fans will find Paint enough to crop their images while professionals or those who need to make advanced editing will turn to Photoshop. Some brands, and especially brands working in furniture, also offer their customers to model their interior and to deposit furniture, wallpapers, etc. in order to have a preview before the purchase. But here, no skill is needed, just move objects, or even change their color. With regard to the true 3D modeling, one must know that this one requires rather advanced skills, especially since there are several methods to model in 3D: polygonal modeling, by surface subdivision, by curves, by geometry etc. Thus, to make advanced 3D modeling, it is necessary to equip a specialized software as proposed by Autodesk. But of course, that’s not enough. It is essential to have a high-performance computer that will be able to run this type of software and ensure rendering often very heavy. And it is on the choice of your graphics card that you will have to pay the greatest attention.

Which sectors does 3D modeling apply to?

Since 3D modeling is used to make objects in 3D, it is useful in many areas. It can thus be used in the automotive industry to create the design of new models. It can also be used in architecture to make plans and become more aware of indoor and outdoor spaces. The sciences also regularly use 3D modeling to present medical phenomena or to recreate the human body in a virtual way. This type of creation is also very useful in the field of education because it allows viewing in 3 dimensions of elements that are not visible to the naked eye. And when it comes to video games or animation movies, 3D modeling is essential to create characters and sets. Anyway, we must know that it is necessary to opt for software adapted to what we want to create. For example, for all things building, it is better to opt for a building software that offers very specific features such as simulations, structural analysis, etc.

At WEB Mauritius, our 3D modelling team is here to help you design your 3D models in the most effective way. Do not hesitate to contact us for further information.