How to Easily Display Your Chief 3D Models on Your Website
Dan Baumann

ChiefExperts introduces SketchFab to show your Chief Architect models onlineHow to Easily Display Your Chief Architect 3D Models on Your Website

If you use Chief Architect, I've got some exciting news for you. I've discovered a way to easily display your 3D Building Models on your website and in your social media. And it's so easy you're going to flip!

It's finally possible to show off your 3D models in a way that your clients will love. It's fast and painless, and you're able to create a great user experience for you clients.

You can embed your models on your website and in your social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and more.  It's a great way to show off what you do.

You can sign up for free at SketchFab.com

Chief Architect is a great program for creating 3D models and complete working drawings for your clients. But until now all you could do was show them photos of the views of their project or spend massive amounts of time creating a 3D video.

Now you can create an actual virtual model that your clients can look at, spin around and maneuver through to get an idea what their project looks like.

You'll also be pleased to know that you can post your projects for the world to see or you can keep them private, so only those that you want to view the model will have access.

Examples of Chief Architect 3D Models Being Displayed using SketchFab

Small 3 Bedroom 1-1/2 Story House with Walkout by ChiefExperts on Sketchfab

Small House With Walkout Upper Level by ChiefExperts on Sketchfab

Small House With Walkout Main Level by ChiefExperts on Sketchfab

The process to use SketchFab is explained in this video

Here is the written instruction

The way it's done is with a service called SketchFab.com. You can create a free or paid online account and in minutes you can upload your models. There are a few limitations in the free version that I cover in the video above.

Here are the steps needed to get the model ready to upload

  1. Bring up a 3D model in Chief Architect.
  2. Select "File - Export - Export 3D Model (3DS) (3DS seems to work best with this service)
  3. Uncheck "Truncate Texture Names" and select "Export".
  4. Create a new folder with the name of your project.
  5. Open the folder, name the project and save the model. (You're also saving the materials)
  6. IMPORTANT: Navigate to the new folder and make it into a .zip file. (This is important if you want the materials to show in your online models).
    • Pay close attention to the video at approximately 4 minutes where this is explained
    • In Windows - "Right Click" on the folder and select "Send To -- Compressed Zip Folder)
    • On the MAC, you can select the folder and in the menu choose "Compress XX Items."

Now Login to the account you create at SketchFab.com

  1. Select the "Upload" button.
  2. Choose the zipped folder you just created
  3. Name the project and give it a description. Add tags if you like
  4. If you have a paid account ($15 per mo or $120 per year) you can make your project private and choose who to share it with. 
  5. Once the model is uploaded, you can adjust the some of the settings for how the model displays. I explain some of those setting in the attached video.
  6. If you have a paid account, you can add "Annotations" to define views in your model. 
  7. You can embed the model on your website and share it with social media. I'll explain how to do those in a separate video. 

This is cool technology, and it works in all browsers. I did find that is was a bit slow on an iPad. I'll keep experimenting with this and will report back any new information I receive.

2 Story House 4 Bdrms, Porch & 3 Car Garage by ChiefExperts on Sketchfab

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