ArchDaily App Guide: Sketchfab

ArchDaily’s Architecture App Guide will introduce you to web and mobile apps that can help you as an architect: productivity, inspiration, drafting, and more.

computer modeling has become a ubiquitous tool in architecture and design, but – even now – there’s no real solution to the problem of easily displaying or sharing models. An exciting new tool, however, might just change this. It’s called Sketchfab, and it displays 3D models natively in the browser – no plugins necessary, and no need to download to your desktop. A resource like this allows any viewer or reader to glimpse into the future of publishing and communicating architecture online.

Users sign up for Sketchfab and upload models directly in 27 native 3D formats (including .3ds, .stl, .kmz, .dwf, .lwo and others); these models can then be embedded anywhere. Not only will this allow architects to showcase finalized projects, but designs can be followed as they evolve and change. It will be particularly valuable in the remote review process that occurs between the architect and 3D visualizers. And Sketchfab’s platform has an integrated comment and like system to foster discussion and critique.

We’ve uploaded and embedded some models to give you a better of sense of the way Sketchfab works. Check out the ArchDaily House (above) and Alejandro Aravena Arquitectos’ Ordos House (after the break).

Sketchfab says, “The world around us is in 3D, but the web is still in 2D, and we want to change that. We think your 3D models deserve something better than screenshots or “showreel” videos. That’s why we created Sketchfab. We understand 3D and bring it to the web.”

To learn more about Sketchfab you can check out their expansive FAQ page.

Which projects would you like to see 3D models of? Let us know in the comments!

Cite: Quintal, Becky. "ArchDaily App Guide: Sketchfab" 08 Jul 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 Oct 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=398712>
  • Décébal

    They already have a bunch of Architecture landmarks on the site, like the Taj Mahal or Prado museum: https://sketchfab.com/show/ikI3rGTwIf9xdRrcEgxTxEywGH3

    Would be great to have a Sketchfab section when you submit a story or project on Archaidly!

  • George

    I’d love to see fully detailed 3D renderings of homes, complete with decorations. I think stadiums could be really cool too!