Now it is possible to share 3D posts in Facebook. If you are paying close attention to the tech world, you wouldn’t have missed Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus Rift, the popular VR rig. Since then, there have been so many things going on in the VR and AR world.
Today’s technology puts VR in the hands of tech enthusiasts. It’ll be long before VR becomes mainstream, however AR and MR is slowly becoming mainstream with massive push from industry heavy weights such as Microsoft, Apple and Google.
There is so much buzz going on around Apple’s ARkit and Google’s ARcore as well. However, to create applications in this, you need 3D models, that are interactive. 3D models are the cornerstone in creating any immersive AR and VR app.
Google even launched the Poly platform to create a single stop shop to download low poly 3D objects.
Being an architect, I’ve dabbled with 3D models ever since I set foot in architecture school. To see 3D models become mainstream is something of a dream come true. Though these are in the very beginning stages, things will improve a lot faster.
I digress. Back to the topic in hand. So, now it’s possible to share 3D posts in Facebook. How do you do it? There are multiple ways. In this article I’ll share the easiest way out there.
The Process 😎
#1 If you are using Windows 10 with creators update, you are lucky! Open Paint 3D.
#2 Doodle your ideas in 3D. You can even import objects from the 3D library provided by Microsoft.
#3 Export the file in .GLB format. As of now, Facebook supports only the .GLB format. Other formats including .OBJ didn’t work.
#4 Now open Facebook in your favorite browser and click on the post field to activate it. Now drag and drop your file into the post field.
Note: You can’t choose the file via photos/video option. You have to drag and drop.
#5 Your 3D file will load and will be ready for sharing.
There are other ways to do this as well. I’ll write a detailed post, if I find the time for it.
One use case scenario from an architect’s perspective is that. we can easily share 3D files to the public/client via Facebook without too many difficult middlemen. However I am not sure of this format’s ability to support complex geometry. I’ll be exploring it in the coming days though. 😄
I hope this article was helpful to you. If you have any doubts, drop a comment and I’ll help you out. 😉