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. Read more about the other uses further down the page.
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 ten different 3D openers which you will find listed below.
Last updated: March 10, 2023
All known file formats using extension .3D
While CAD-3D object is a popular type of 3D-file, we know of 6 different uses of the .3D file 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.
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.
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.
Vertex Binary 3D Object
We know that one 3D format is Vertex Binary 3D Object. We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.
WGT 3D Model
We know that one 3D format is WGT 3D Model. We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.
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.
|cadwork Start Application||User submitted|
|MetaCAM application||User submitted|
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