3D comes to the Web

Intel has established a Computer Aided Design 3D Working Group to define, develop and deploy a common format to represent 3D images on the Web.

Intel has established a Computer Aided Design (CAD) 3D Working Group to define, develop and deploy a common format to represent 3D images on the Web.

The working group, which is part of the Web3D Consortium, includes members from various segments of the 3D graphics industry, including CAD software vendors, CAD users, digital content creators and industry standards bodies.

Creating 3D standards for the Web is expected to reduce the time and cost associated with developing and publishing 3D content for the Web, while providing CAD tool users a more effective means to collaborate and share data for design, marketing and manufacturing applications.

‘We believe that removing the barriers to proliferation of 3D data is a critical next step in offering a richer experience for people on the Internet,’ said Patrick Gelsinger, Intel vice president and chief technology officer.

‘The absence of a flexible, standard 3D format represents one of those key barriers. By working with industry leaders and graphics experts, we plan to create a format that will do for 3D on the Web what the JPEG format did for digital photography on the desktop,’ he added.

There are multiple formats for viewing 3D on the Web, which make it difficult for companies to use 3D content. Creating Web 3D content is also too costly for businesses to justify using it on their Web sites. This lack of content has slowed the pace of innovation and adoption of 3D on the Web. The majority of 3D data today is created in CAD applications, which is why the working group is initially concentrating its efforts on providing greater and more effective access to that data.

In addition to Intel, the CAD 3D Working Group members include 3Dlabs, Actify, Adobe Systems, ATI Technologies, Boeing, Dassault Systemes, i3Dimensions, Lattice Technology, Microsoft, the Naval Postgraduate School, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Parallel Graphics, SGDL Systems and Tech Soft America/OpenHSF. The working group expects to complete its initial standards development effort in about 18 months.

Intel has also joined the Web3D Consortium, a forum for the creation of open standards for Web 3D specifications.

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