As the 3D printing industry grows larger so do the sizes of the 3D files that need to be transferred between the digital content creators and the physical content producers. Oslo-based ShareMy3D seeks to fill in the void that exists in terms of secure sharing an viewing of 3D files up to 5 GB in size.
The company uses a special compression algorithm that was developed internally and works with over 40 different formats that are widely used in the 3D printing industry, so it can serve a wide spectrum of potential communication and collaboration needs.
“ShareMy3D works in a way that is similar to Sketchfab, so we’re essentially a 3D viewer. Our service is 100% online, and our platform was built with security in mind,” says ShareMy3D’s COO Kaie Hope. “We store everything in a proprietary file format, and we are focused on businesses who want to communicate 3D content. Or goal is to serve as a platform for sharing 3D content. What’s unique about us, is that we can handle content that is ten times bigger than other online 3D visualization systems.”
Although it does offer full online 3D visualization, ShareMy3D is not a 3D model marketplace or free online repository. It seeks mainly to help businesses send files to each other and promote their products. Other interesting possibilities, though, include the sharing of viewable 3D models on social networks for advertising and even embedding the model viewer on the company’s website for further product promotion, thus replacing old 2D images with interactive and captivating 3D content. The platform viewer works directly from any browser and the responsiveness is incredible for such high-quality models. To get an idea can give it a try or check out the video below.
While many high-resolution 3D printing files can reach large sizes, ShareMy3D is especially useful in the area of 3D scanning, where files can quickly grow to count millions of polygons. Even while working at the forefront of manufacturing technology, many 3D printing companies still resort to anachronistic methods such as shipping physical media from scanning centers to printing units. This is not uncommon in the 3D printing industry, as many large services that have been using 3D printing for decades would greatly benefit from innovation coming from startups that are addressing the market needs in more efficient and modern ways.
From 3D Scanning to Consumer Products
Internal business and B2B file communication must be always underpinned by maximum security and ShareMy3D takes this into account. The platform saves all files in a proprietary format that can be managed and its use limited by the original creator and distributor. The model file can be password protected so that only authorized people can access it.
The pricing for the service follows a subscription-based model. Depending on how many models you want to upload and what is their total size, the price ranges from $9 to $100 per month. However, there is also a freemium option that allows users to upload up to ten 3D models for free. A convenient online price calculator is also available in order help you determine the cost to cover your needs.
“We seen a lot of interest, and many people are already using the freemium model, but we really need to work on our distribution and getting the word out there,” Kaie explains. “Our goal is to reach out to a few thousand paying users and right now we are focusing on businesses and small to medium sized organizations that have 3D content that they really want to share. As new devices begin to enable more consumers to capture objects in 3D, there is no pre-set limit to how many people would benefit from our services.”