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PLY, 3DS, WRL and OBJ Characteristics

PLY, OBJ and, more rarely, WRL files are not only used in visualization and animation, but also in 3D printing and rapid prototyping. In contrast to STL files, color information is officially specified. However, not all surface properties are interpreted correctly by modern rendering software.

The file format with the most options is WRL in version VRML 2.0. A VRML scene can contain multiple 3D objects, including hierarchy, animations, and multimedia elements. A scene can also consist of several networked WRL files, and the objects can be contained in different levels of detail.

How Do I Convert PLY, 3DS, WRL and OBJ Files?

The conversion between triangulated formats is relatively simple. Even the Basic version of the 3D-Tool CAD Viewer supports the import and export of all common MESH formats, including U3D and 3D PDF.

On the Internet you often find the question of how to convert OBJ to STEP, or generally triangulated formats such as STL, 3MF, 3DS, PLY into an exact 3D CAD format. Automatic conversion is not possible. Using special software, the many triangles of the model must be converted more or less manually into exact surfaces (reverse engineering).

Test the PLY, 3DS, WRL and OBJ viewer

3D-Tool is an intuitive CAD viewer available in one free and three commercial license versions, but always with professional information and measurement features.

  • The 3D-Tool Free Viewer can open STL and 3MF files, but it cannot export 3D formats. To use it, simply download it from our website.
  • 3D-Tool Basic opens 3D visualization formats such as STL, 3DS, OBJ, PLY and VRML.
  • 3D-Tool Advanced opens additionally the 3D exchange formats STEP, IGES, VDA, SAT and Parasolid.
  • 3D-Tool Premium, which includes the 3D-NativeCAD Converter, opens and converts native 3D models from CATIA, Siemens NX, Creo, Inventor, Solid Edge, SolidWorks, Rhino and AutoCAD, as well as the 3D exchange formats STEP, IGES, VDA, SAT, Parasolid and JT.

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