glTF continues to gain strong industry momentum with new support from major players including Facebook, Adobe, Epic, and Unity, in addition to the ongoing support from the grassroots open-source community. Facebook’s recent adoption of glTF 2.0 enables its users to place and see 3D content in their News Feeds, underscoring the social media platform’s plan to enable users to bring 3D objects and assets with them across AR, VR, mobile, and web experiences — using open standards. Khronos has released new glTF testing tools, samples, and exporters to support this growing ecosystem.
Sketchfab has just announced a download API for their entire 3D catalog. The API lets you search by titles, tags, categories, polygon count and more. The initial scope of the download API lets you import content available under a Creative Common license – more than 150,000 3D models available today – in glTF format. As a step two, the API will also let you easily import your own content, as well as content you purchased on the Sketchfab store. Alongside the release of the download API, Sketchfab introduces import add-ons for Unity, Unreal and Godot, as well as native integrations with Torch3D, Minsight, Spatial stories, Selerio, StellarX, Valorem’s Holobeam, AnimVR, Plattar, Sketchbox3D and Looking Glass.
The Khronos Group was at SIGGRAPH Asia this year with talks from several Khronos members including NVIDIA and Unity, as well as a talk from the Khronos Melbourne Chapter Leader. Neil Trevett, President of the Khronos Group, gave an overview of the Khronos ecosystem. If you are interested in learning more about Khronos standards for 3D, VR, AR and Neural Networks, be sure to take a few minutes to read Neil's presentation.
Immersed is the East Coast's leading event for professionals that work with or benefit from technologies like virtual reality, mixed reality, augmented reality, and stereoscopic 3D. Our primary audiences include potential enterprise clients, fellow professionals working in the space, and media. Consumers are also reached through a separate element of the show. We are actively seeking speakers and exhibitors that are well versed in the use of immersive technology in entertainment, manufacturing, healthcare, marketing, and education. Learn more about our call for speakers and the Khronos Standards line-up.
The Khronos Milano Chapter is thrilled to renew the collaboration with Autodesk for the upcoming Design Week in Milan, Italy - April 4-9. The Milano Chapter will be presenting a series of talks on the "Future of Making Things." Showing how companies are adopting 3D open standards as WebGL and glTF to deliver new solutions for the world of interior design, architecture and manufacturing.
Starting today, Sketchfab is proud to announce their support of the glTF file format. Zip up your glTF file along with any accompanying assets and then drag and drop into a browser window at Sketchfab.com. This method allows you to upload glTF files no matter which 3D software package you used to create the file. The addition of glTF means we now support over 30 file formats! In addition, the Sketchfab revised Unity exporter plugin will leverage the glTF format behind-the-scene to transmit 3D files in the most efficient, accurate way possible. If you’re interested in downloading example files visit the Sketchfab glTF page.
Web3D 2017 will be held in Brisbane Australia June 5-7 at Queensland University of Technology. The Call for submissions is now open with a dead line set for February 13th. With WebGL now widely supported by default in modern browsers, tools such as X3D, X3DOM, Cobweb, three.js, glTF, and A-Frame VR are allowing nearly anyone to create Web3D content. Submissions being accepted now for Papers, Posters, Workshops, Tutorials and the Art Gallery.
Unity 5.6 beta uses Vulkan to take the graphics performance to the next level, and at final release, Vulkan will run on Android, Windows, Linux, and Tizen. Unity has seen a rendering performance improvement out-of-the box up to 60% using Unity – that is without having to deal with any specifics of the Vulkan API.
Are you a product designer working with 3D modeling or printing? Join "Khronos WebGL Milano" & "I Love 3D" at Autodesk on April 15th in Milan at the heart of Zona Tortona to learn more about turning ideas into reality with the new tools now available to designers. Spaces for The Future of Making Things are limited to 30 participants. Please register on the Milano Chapter page. Check out our complete list of upcoming Khronos Chapter meet ups around the world.
At Adobe Max: The Creativity Conference, Adobe confirmed that they will be providing enhanced 3D support for Photoshop CC, including the ability to read COLLADA rigging and animation data. COLLADA Rigging Support: Users can import animation and rigging data from COLLADA files, and continue to paint, finish or refine 3D objects. You can also leverage the existing animation data and Photoshop Timeline to create promotional videos.
Tweaktown talked to Martin Best, Mozilla's Director of Platform Product Management about the future of WebGL and gaming in the browser. Martin says "We have been working to improve the performance, reach and capability of WebGL. WebGL 2 is in development and already in Firefox Nightly for testing." Read the entire interview.
Kathleen Maher from Jon Peddie Research writes "One of the most important technical advances to move technology forward is the development of WebGL, a variation on OpenGL that enables online code to take advantage of hardware processing. With the imminent arrival of WebGL 2.0 — expected by this summer — Peddie and Maher see benefits from hardware acceleration on the horizon."
xeoEngine is an open-source WebGL-based 3D visualization engine which supports glTF as its native data format. xeoEngine intentionally does not yet load animations, cameras and lights from glTF. Instead, it focuses on loading static models while allowing us to access their components via its scene graph API, so that we can programmatically rig them with our own tweens, lights, cameras and so on. Also, xeoEngine currently ignores glTF shaders, opting instead to rely on its own internally-generated shaders.