Sketchfab Announces MASSIVE

Sketchfab Announces MASSIVE

The technology, still in Alpha, teases streaming support for millions of triangles opening up huge possibilities for big data users.

August 14th, 2018 SIGGRAPH 2018, Vancouver, Canada: In its ongoing initiative to bring any and all 3D content to the web, Sketchfab, in collaboration with Iconem and CNRS, has unveiled a brand new approach to supporting much larger datasets in its embeddable 3D viewer. The new product, MASSIVE by Sketchfab, is an alpha version for now, with many improvements in progress.

MASSIVE uses a combination of data streaming and automated Level of Detail (LOD) mesh processing to make it possible to browse much larger 3D models in a browser. The technology currently supports OBJ and PLY datasets and – within reasonable storage limitations – there is no size limit on the data set that can be displayed.

Sketchfab unveiled MASSIVE by sharing examples of aerial scanned data and archaeological dig sites from Sketchfab community members Gerpho, Pix4d, and the DigiArt consortium. Initial examples show datasets of over 80 million triangles effortlessly streamed into a browser window.

The current version of MASSIVE also supports vertex color with optimized streaming texture support coming soon along with further optimization for low-powered devices and slower connection speeds.

Dordogne:valley of the “6 chateaux”-guided tour by Gerpho on Sketchfab

MASSIVE is currently scheduled for a full release in 2019 and organizations that can both benefit from the technology and inform its feature set are encouraged to contact the team at

To learn more and interact with the initial MASSIVE embeddable examples, visit

About Sketchfab, Inc. With a community of millions of creators, Sketchfab is the largest platform to publish and find 3D models online.

The platform’s technology integrates with every major 3D creation tool and publishing platform and supports almost every 3D format directly through or using an official exporter. Using a universal 3D player, your creations can be embedded on any web page and every major network.

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