3D File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a 3D file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .3D files.

What is a 3D file?

A .3D file is a CAD-3D object file. 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

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension 3D for different purposes.

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

Other 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.

The 3D file extension indicates to your device which app can open the file. However, different apps may use the same file extension for different types of data. So a 3D opener may not be able to open all kinds of 3D files. In this case, look through all formats to make sure you find the best suited 3D viewer.

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.

Vertex binary 3D object

Through our analysis of 3D files, we know that one use of the format is Vertex binary 3D object. We have not yet described in detail what these files contain and what they are used for, but our team is working tiredlessly through thousands of file formats. We'd love hearing from you if you have information about the format.

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

Various viewers for this file format

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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We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with 3D-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with 3D-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!