Show your 3d models directly on sketchfab. I’ve written a maxscript which helps you publish your models from 3ds Max. Sketchfab is an online platform for viewing 3d models directly in your browser. Using this script you can easily publish your 3d models to this platform and show your 3d models to the world. This is very convenient for e.g. portfolios, communication with clients or presentations. The latest version of the publisher is much faster and more stable.
This video shows how easy it is to get your 3D models onto sketchfab
This is a model hosted on sketchfab, embedded in this blog.
To upload a model: open the script and select some objects. Only selected objects will be published. Enter a title and optionally some tags and a description. You can edit these also when the model has been uploaded to sketchfab. The title is mandatory however. After that, press the “Publish selected objects to Sketchfab” button.
To upload models from 3ds Max, you need a token to communicate with the sketchfab API. You can find your token on your dashboard on the sketchfab site. To get to your dashboard, you first have to sign up with sketchfab. You can also do that with twitter or facebook. The first time you open the script, you enter the token. It will remember it. Keep in mind that the token is stored as plain text, there’s no security built in to protect your token.
The publisher uses the obj-format to upload to sketchfab. Not all features which are supported in the obj-format are supported by sketchfab. Check out this article to see some examples of supported features. Find the obj and mtl definitions here. The publisher contains a obj export-preset which has the optimal settings for sketchfab.
You probably want to show your model off on a forum or blog. The best way to do that is to embed the model as an iframe. At the top of this article you see a description. I’ve also written another article which shows some examples of the possibilities with the iframe.
This script is provided as-is. If there are any bugs or problems, you can leave a comment here. This script has been developed on 3ds Max 2012 and tested on 3ds Max 2012 and 2010
- implements sketchfab API V2
- faster and more stable uploads
- doesn’t create a thumbnail anymore, sketchfab does this for you
- streamed upload
- improved compatibility with older max-versions