Merge Uploader allows students and teachers to upload their own 3D objects to be viewed on the Merge Cube using the Object Viewer app. Students can visualize their own 3D creations in the palm of their hand, allowing for rapid iteration, sharing, and feedback during the creation process. It can also be used as a “print preview” tool when 3D printing, or can be an alternative to 3D printing altogether.
In this article, we will introduce the main components you’ll need to effectively upload your 3D creations onto the Merge EDU Platform:
- How to upload an object with Merge Uploader
- Visualizing your objects on the Merge Cube
- Using the Object Editor
- Preparing Objects for Upload
- Finding 3D Objects online
Students and Teachers can upload their own 3D creations to the Merge Cube using the Object Uploader found on the Merge Dashboard. Objects uploaded using the Object Uploader can then be viewed and shared using the Merge app, Object Viewer.
Visualizing your 3D creations on the Merge Cube makes it easy to inspect them up close from all angles, and to share with teachers and classmates for feedback.
Object Editor allows you to edit the 3D settings, materials and textures of your 3D Object directly from the Merge Dashboard, which will change how the object appears on the Merge Cube.
The Merge Object Uploader accepts OBJ, FBX, STL, and GLTF file types, as well as ZIP archives containing the model and associated textures (so long as the model is one of those four file types). Most mainstream 3D modeling and scanning software can export objects into one or more of these file types. To learn how to export your object, check out these articles:
- Exporting Objects from Tinkercad
- Exporting Objects from Fusion 360
- Exporting Objects from Qlone
- Exporting Objects from Trnio
- Exporting Objects from Paint 3D
- Exporting Objects from Minecraft 3D
- Exporting Objects from Maya
- Exporting Objects from SolidWorks
Creating your own 3D Objects isn’t the only way you can upload 3D objects to view on the Merge Cube. You can also find existing 3D objects online, which can be used to enhance lessons and presentations.
Now that you know how to use the Object Uploader along with the Object Viewer app to visualize your own 3D creations on the Merge Cube, you will be able to share your creations with peers, get feedback for improvement, and even preview your 3D creations before 3D printing to save time and material.