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Publish interactive 3D models on the web with Autodesk 360.

A - answer One of interesting functions of the web cloud service "Autodesk 360" is the internet viewer of CAD models stored in in the web cloud repository (the original "QuickShare" technology). Your 3D models from Autodesk CAD applications (and in other supported CAD formats) can be explored interactively inside a web browser on a desktop PC (or even on a mobile tablet device - with Autodesk 360 Mobile), without installing any plug-in module for the browser. Please note that working interactively on a larger 3D model raises performance demands on the client computer.

And while you can optionally set your documents stored in Autodesk 360 as public documents, this mechanism can be also used for publishing 3D models of your products or projects on your public web pages and in your web catalogs.

Besides viewing graphics of the model, you can also use the Properties button in the viewer to access published information about the model/project (version, author, date), but first of all to access information about the individual elements of the model (part material, roof area, wall material) - just mouse-select the element in the viewer (try e.g. the roof of the house in the sample below).

Viewing WebGL/HTML5 models in 3D is supported in the latest versions of some web browsers (and with a graphics card not blocking WebGL) - Google Chrome, Firefox 5.0 and higher (resp. Mozilla), Safari 5 and higher.

If your Google Chrome browser doesn't show 3D content, your graphics card is probably not considered "3D capable" by Chrome. You can persuade him manually. Go to the address about:flags or chrome://flags/ and then click on the field "Override software rendering list" (activate); on the bottom the click "Restart". Also check the option "Disable WebGL". A similar problem in Firefox is solved in the tip 8077.

Sample of 3D models from Inventor and from Revit (zoom-out using mouse-wheel):

The first model was inserted into this web page using the HTML code (use "Embed" or "Details"):
< iframe scrolling="no" frameborder="0" hspace="0" src="https://360.autodesk.com/Public/Details?hash=00fec6f0f0e14aa28360b6089eb7525d" width="640" height="480" allowtransparency="true" style="border: medium none;">< /iframe>

Publishing of 3D models

How to publish such models from your CAD? First publish a 3D DWFx file from your CAD application, if possible: including the metadata information. See the functions Save As, Export ... E.g. in Inventor, use the function I > Export > Export to DWF and in the options, set e.g. the following options:

Publish DWF (in Czech)

Upload (publish) the resulting DWFx file to your free account on Autodesk 360 - see the button "Upload" ("Odeslat" in CZ version), resp. - for updates - the function Action > Upload New Version. Click on the uploaded document in the cloud and in the menu Action choose Share > Public Sharing:

Public Sharing (CZ)

Now in the dialog Public Sharing toggle the "switch" to "I" (on) and use the Embed button to generate a HTML code for inserting the window (frame) with your model and its viewer into your own web page (you can also select the window size for the embedded frame - min. 640x480) - this procedure is similar to embedding a YouTube video:

Embed

After you insert the copied code, your updated web page will display the interactive viewer similar to the above two samples.

Alternatively you can display your CAD models only for invited persons (accounts) and only in the Autodesk 360 environment (not on public web sites) - see "Private Sharing". To access and view the model you will need the right "View document" (applies also for the mobile viewers):
Access rights

When exploring the 3D model, please note that the element you click/select will become semi-transparent (here e.g. the roof, else e.g. an assembly part) and its automatic properties can be displayed - here e.g. the level, area, volume, construction, phase (data taken from the BIM project in Revit):

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See also:
Tip 9677:Which product do I need to view DWF and other CAD files online?
Tip 9549:Rendering of 3D models without background in Autodesk Showcase.
Tip 9546:Error 16390 when reading a DWFx into Navisworks.
Tip 9371:How to convert 3D DWF back to an editable CAD model?
Tip 9369:Viewing 3D models from Navisworks in PowerPoint presentations.


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