The scalable SimScale platform uses X3DOM as viewer frontend for visualizing the results of online numerical simulations on CAD data.
Yet another interesting industrial show case from Frank Lamack, T-Systems, Germany. Goal of this solution is to build a web 3d based environment for distributed teams to enable collaborative design reviews or co-browsing with customers for sales, configuration and consulting sessions – on one common 3d product model: Without any plug-in or additional software licences – simply via web. Upcoming features: dimensioning, annotation on parts or co-design-editor, to transform 3d-shapes.
T-Systems Multimedia Solutions (MMS) develops web-based solutions for large corporations and medium-sized enterprises. Around 1.000 employees serve customers from every sector, developing web innovations for services used in domestic and commercial digital contexts. This includes e-commerce, information management and knowledge management. The actual developing team develops visual configuration solutions, that use 3D construction data and product meta data in combination with rule-based configurations for immersive e-sales and e-commerce applications for web or mobile devices.
More info: http://visual-configuration.t-systems-mms.eu
This external showcase developed by the Virtual Reality Center Production Engineering (VRCP) in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology (IWU) shows an innovative way to present complex content with the use of 3D models. 3DWebpresenter makes it obvious that X3DOM can also visualize complex 3D scenes combined with interactive Web elements. While navigating intuitively through a virtual factory, further information of the results of 30 projects of the Innovation Alliance “Green Carbody Technologies” can be accessed.
When using declarative 3D approaches for the rendering of large models, it is crucial to externalize vertex data from the HTML document by using binary containers (see previous post). Attribute data can be concurrently fetched by the Browser via Ajax calls or image downloads and is directly transferred as-is to GPU memory for rendering. Such a straightforward approach significantly reduces the memory and processing overhead, which is especially of high importance on mobile devices with limited CPU power.
A new X3DOM example, which uses the BinaryGeometry node, demonstrates how a compact vertex data representation for efficient visualization of large models can look like.
We furthermore improved our culling and mesh compression techniques to get the famous Boeing 777 model running at interactive frame rates. This “out-of-browser”-based hybrid client/server approach allows rendering 350 million triangles, where a special out-of-core server constantly streams up to 9 million triangles to the client. The results are not yet final, but the current state shows that the method scales and we can handle models even of the size of the 777. And here is the link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TrJBsb74f0
The X3DOM showcases reported here have largely been centered around industrial or scientific applications. However there’s a lot of potential for commercial applications that has not been explored yet. As the framework matures, it is much more interesting and usable for larger deployments.
One example of such an application is Mixee Me. A recent startup which sets out to bring 3D printing to the average joe. The gist: Mixee Mee allows everyone to create funny little 3D characters through a simple interface, have them printed with a 3D printer and shipped to your doorstep. In order to allow for online composition of the 3D figures, X3DOM ist used to drive the interface.
We are going to present the paper with the longest title we’ve ever produced at the Web3D 2012 conference taking place in four weeks in LA: “Using Images and Explicit Binary Container for Efficient and Incremental Delivery of Declarative 3D Scenes on the Web“. It’s all technology to build fast and responsive X3DOM applications. We are going to release the final code as part of X3DOM and a command line tool to convert the mesh data easily before the event. In the meantime please enjoy some more demos that utilize the new binary mesh container.
Applications to experience cultural heritage objects seem to be really popular inside of the x3dom community . There is another 3D gallery for scanned historical objects.
This external show-case is from Anestis Koutsoudis, Cultural and Educational Technology Institute – Research Centre ‘Athena’, and includes a nice 2D-UI to browse the different models.
Another excellent external showcase that provides an x3dom integration is OpenCart, which is a powerful and easy to use open source shopping card system.
The latest version of the code now supports X3D as media type and uses x3dom for online visualization.
This external showcase by Sandy Ressler of NIST demonstrates the integration of X3DOM in HTML-based slide shows.
The EU funded Project 3D-COFORM (http://www.3d-coform.eu/) provides different tools and expertise for 3D collection formation. The project utilizes the binary compression method of X3DOM to visualize large 3D scanned data sets (up to 4 million polygons) in real time.
“These models have been digitized and provided by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London (http://www.vam.ac.uk/)
This external showcase demonstrates the use of X3DOM in product customization. The company 3D Betrieb created this online 3D product configuration tool helping the user to visualize objects with different designs. It allows to preview the object with different appearances showing changes in colors, arrangement as well as viewing angle.
The WebGL Liver Anatomy Browser is developed within a german research project supported by the BMBF. The browser is part of a eLearning application and provides interactive web-based 3D models derived from patient-speciﬁc image data. 3D visualizations are accessible in real-time with a newly developed viewer based on X3D, X3DOM and WebGL.
X3DOM is used to render a X3D model exported from a native CAD application. The model is update REAL-TIME from a Matlab simulation model. It also integrates the 3D view with our other tools like semantic search by capturing DOM events (video around 2:53). Interfacing with the simulation from the browser is done via WebSockets. It displays the performance X3DOM is capable of: latency for visualization is constantly less than 50-100 ms.
In the latest software upgrade for the 2011 Xperia Phones, Sony Ericsson included WebGL support. By doing so, Sony Ericsson is the first mobile phone manufacturer to support WebGL for the default (Android) web browser and standard HTML content.
Klas Hermodsson (and earlier Anders Isberg) from Sony Ericsson contacted us a few weeks ago and told us that they tried to run our examples and that unfortunately most of them didn’t work properly. To support our work Sony offered to send us a test device. We got this device (Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro) last Monday and it is really an incredible piece of hardware.
So Timo started immediately to rework our shader compositor to produce more compact shaders, which work better on mobile devices and now (almost) everything works fine. There are still some minor issues, but this should be fixed soon.
A lot of thanks again to Sony Ericsson for this great test device.
This example by Sandy Ressler demonstrates the use of CSS3 content filters to display and hide content. Some of that content is X3DOM.