3D File Type

- The quick facts

What are 3D files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a 3D file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.

What is a 3D file?

3D files have multiple uses, and CAD-3D object is one of them.

CAD-3D object

3D files are files of three-dimensional objects created using CAD software. CAD pertains to computer-aided design or designing. A 3D file is the result of 3D modeling, a process in which surfaces of living or inanimate objects are drawn or represented in three-dimensions using computer software. 3D files store an object's appearance and geometry and are altered depending on its specific use.

Video games, visual effects, architectural designs, 3D printing, computer simulations, etc., commonly use 3D files. There is a lot of CAD software that can create and edit 3D files for various uses.

How to open 3D files

Important: Different programs may use files with the 3D file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your 3D file is, you may need to try a few different programs.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different 3D openers which you will find listed below.

Last updated: June 3, 2021

All known file formats using extension .3D

While CAD-3D object is a popular type of 3D-file, we know of 5 different uses of the .3D extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.

Create+Shade 3D scene

3D files pertain to the file format of the Shade 3D software. Shade 3D is a 3D modeling software used in interior design, architecture, game development, 3D printing, video effects, animation, etc.

Shade 3D helps users create 3D models using high-performance computer systems. This process is called 3D modeling or rendering, and the output of this process is the .3D file.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different 3D openers which you will find listed below.

Polyfilm 3D model

.3D files are created by the 3D modeling software called Polyfilm. Polyfilm is a 3D modeling software used to design various things like buildings and objects and is also used in animated films. 3D modeling is when a certain object is drawn with 3D dimensions using a software program. Polyfilm is an example of such a program.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different 3D openers which you will find listed below.

VersaCAD 3D drawing

VersaCAD 3D, a 3D modeling software for computer systems, uses .3D files. The format is the output file of VersaCAD's 3D modeling process, creating mathematical representations of the surface and appearance of live or inanimate objects using computers.

VersaCAD 3D is essential to design and development processes for various fields like engineering, architecture, education, interior design, etc.

VersaCAD 3D has been around since the 1980s, a product developed by Tom and Mike Lazear.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different 3D openers which you will find listed below.

More file formats using the 3D extension

Through our research of 3D files, we know that the following formats exist. However, we have not yet analyzed them in detail.

  • Vertex Binary 3D Object

Various apps that use files with this extension

These apps are known to open certain types of 3D files. Remember, different programs may use 3D files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

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