Web viewing of 3D photogrammetry models with Sketchfab

Sketchfab with PhotoModeler ExportSketchfab is an exciting new service for presenting 3D model data on the web. PhotoModeler can export files compatible with Sketchfab. This blog post describes the steps to export a 3d model from PhotoModeler and load it into Sketchfab.

Before we show the steps, we have uploaded some PhotoModeler samples into Sketchfab(Note you will need a WebGL compliant browser such as Chrome, Firefox, and current Safari).

Furthermore, what is extremely useful, you can embed Sketchfab viewers right into a web page or blog post! See an example at the bottom of this post.

The Steps

Starting with a completed (and optionally textured) PhotoModeler project.

1) In PhotoModeler use the File->Export->Export Model menu. In the ‘Export options’ dialog adjust the following settings:

a) Choose the file type as Wavefront (.obj).

PhotoModeler Export options dialog

b) Select the object types to export.  For this sample we just want to view triangulated PointMeshes.

c) For textured models ensure the file format type is .jpg.

Export options for image type

2) Once the export is complete, you will need to combine three files into a zip file.

a) Open the folder containing the exported files from the Export Summary dialog.

Export summary to access folder

b) In Windows File Explorer, select the three files created (an obj, mtl and jpg file).

Three files in Explorer

c) Right click and choose “Send To… -> Compressed (zipped) folder”.

3) Log into your Sketchfab account and upload the zip file.

Sketchfab file upload


Embed Example

Below is an embedded Sketchfab viewer with one of the PhotoModeler tutorial 3d models. Click on it to activate and rotate model. You can embed Sketchfab viewers in web pages, blog posts, etc.

Contact our Application Specialists to find out more how PhotoModeler can help with your web-based 3d presentation needs.

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