3D Everywhere – Frequently Asked Questions

Babel3D is cloud based 3D viewer that works inside your browser. Upload your files on Babel3D.com to view them inside the browser using Babel3D WebGL Viewer. Link your Dropbox account for automatic upload whenever new files are added in your Dropbox.

With Glovius Mobile Apps, your 3D files on Babel3D.com are also available on your iPhone, iPad and Android smartphone and tablets.

With Babel3D, convert 3D models to 3Ds, OBJ, STL, COLLADA and 3D PDF formats. Embed 3D in HTML documents or share them as links.


File Formats

Babel3D supports 36 of the most popular 3D file formats. Upload parts and assembly files from the formats below.

CAD formats
SolidWorks (sldprt, sldasm), CATIA V5 (CATPart, CATProduct), Inventor (ipt, iam), Pro/ENGINEER and Creo Parts and Assembly files (prt, asm), NX Parts and assemblies (prt), JT, SolidEdge (par, asm, pwd, psm), RHINO (3dm), Autocad 3D DWG (dwg)

Graphical formats
Autodesk 3D Studio (3DS), SketchUp (skp), Wavefront OBJ (obj), VRML (wrl, vrml), CGR, Collada (dae)

Neutral formats
STEP (stp, step), IGES (igs, iges), STL

Other formats
Parasolid (x_t, x_b, xmt, xmt_txt), 3D PDF (pdf, prc, u3d)

Babel3D does not support 2D files formats like DWG, DXF and DGN.

Babel3D supports translation to 3DS, OBJ, STL, COLLADA and 3D PDF file formats.

The input files are deleted as soon as the conversion process completes.

Link your Dropbox with your Babel3D account for automatic file uploads. Babel3D will convert new files added to your Dropbox and make them available across its WebGL, iOS and Android apps for viewing. Get notifications on your iOS or Android smartphones and tablets whenever a new file is added to your Babel3D account.
Upload up to 10 models at a time with the Babel3D file uploader. Link your Dropbox account for automatic file uploads whenever a new 3D file gets added to your Dropbox.
You can upload up to 100 MB of files on Babel3D with the Free plan. Increase this limit to 1 GB with the Professional plan.

3D in a browser

Babel3D WebGL viewer works in all modern browsers across Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android. Official supported browsers are Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari and IE 11.

Babel3D WebGL viewer enables you to view 3D in your browser. There is no software required to download or install. Babel3D WebGL viewer works on all modern browsers and uses WebGL and HTML5 for rendering 3D in the browser.

View, Zoom, Pan, Rotate your models with the WebGL viewer. Take point to point measurements and cut dynamic sections. View the Product Structure of assembly files and hide/show components.

Here is an example of a 3D model in Babel3D WebGL Viewer.


Account

Yes. Plus, there is no credit card required.
Your Basic plan account does not expire. It is not a trial account. It is free forever.
Your Babel3D data is private and secure. We use SSL for security. We do not share your data with anyone or provide anybody access to it.
You have two options when you hit the upload limit of your basic plan - Upgrade to increase your limit or wait till the limit resets (every month).
Professional plan increases your monthly upload limit to 1 GB. You also get unlimited shares and embeds with the Professional plan.
You can change your plans anytime online. Log in to your account and visit the Accounts page to change your current plan.
We accept all major credit cards. You can also pay by wire transfer for our Annual plans.
If you are not happy with Babel3D, just write to us at sid@babel3d.com and we will take care of the rest. We will also refund the charge and move you back to the Basic plan if you were just charged for a subscription, or forgot to cancel the subscription and haven’t used it in a while. Please note that we will not be able to refund charges going back more than a month.
There are no contract on the monthly plans. Its pay as you go, and you can cancel any time online.
We are working on Annual plans. Write to us at support@babel3d.com to know more.
We will introduce educational plans soon. Write to us at support@babel3d.com to know more.

Sharing and Embedding

Sharing 3D models on Babel3D.com is simple and easy. Open the model and click the Share icon in the toolbar. Copy the URL from browser address bar to share the model. Recipients can create a free Babel3D account to view the model.
To embed a model on your website or page, share the model and click on the embed icon in the toolbar. Copy the HTML code from the popover dialog and paste it on your webpage.
You can share up to 10 3D models with the Free plan. Upgrade to Professional plan for unlimited sharing.
Yes. We offer a free account for people to easily view files shared with them.

Mobile Apps

Download free Glovius apps for iOS and Android and login with your Babel3D account to view and showcase 3D models on the go.

File Translation

Typical file translations are over within a couple of seconds. Translation time depends on the size of the input file and overall traffic to the website. Files submitted for translation are queued up and processed on a first come first serve basis.

Zip all the files and submit it for translation. Name the zip file as the main output file plus the “.zip” extension.

If you have a OBJ file called ‘example.obj’, which references a material file called ‘example.mtl’, and a couple of textures – ‘one.jpg’ and ‘two.jpg’, then you should zip up all these files into a single zip file and name the zip file as ‘example.obj.zip’.

Currently, only the ZIP file format (*.zip) is supported. Other compression formats like RAR, GZ, 7z etc. are not supported.

You can convert files which referencing multiple other files by zipping them all up into a single zip file. For example, if you have an assembly file say, ‘Sample Assembly.SLDASM’, which references three part files – ‘1.SLDPRT’, ‘2.SLDPRT’ and ‘3.SLDPRT’, zip up all these files (including the SLDASM file), and name the resulting file as ‘Sample Assembly.SLDASM.zip’.

Write to us at support@babel3d.com with your questions. We will get back to you as soon as possible.