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3D Builder

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Template:Infobox Windows component 3D Builder is a 3D computer-aided design tool for Microsoft Windows that makes it easy to create, view, edit, and 3D print 3D objects. It is developed by Microsoft and available for free in the Windows Store for all Windows platforms including Desktop, Phone, Holographic/HoloLens, and Xbox. The user interface supports touch and uses a ribbon similar to the Office Mobile tablet apps. The app is easy for beginners but contains powerful tools available in higher end CAD software. Although the app supports a wide range of common 3d file formats, it is the primary viewer for the 3MF file format. The app is included with Windows 10 desktop and is widely viewed as one of the most used 3D apps worldwide.[1]


3D Builder was originally released on November 15, 2013 as a download for Windows 8.1,[2] rebuilt and bundled with Windows 10, and later updated to support Windows 10 Mobile and Windows Holographic.[3][4]

3D Builder is a truly universal app and is available in the Windows Store for all Windows devices: Desktop, Windows Phone, HoloLens, and Xbox.


3D Builder loads to a welcome page similar to the ones in Office Mobile, with options for loading 3D objects, scanning 3D objects, or choosing a 3D object to edit from a catalog of preinstalled items. Only one project can be edited at a time per window, but multiple windows can be opened simultaneously. Additionally multiple objects can be added to a scene.[5]

Views for objects include Center view, X-ray, Shading, Wire frame, and Shadows. A view applies to all objects and cannot be customized.

Editing tools for objects include Simplify, Split, Smooth, Emboss, Extrude Down, Merge, Intersect, and Subtract buttons. Objects can be managed with traditional copy, paste, delete, rotate, and drag-and-drop buttons and keyboard shortcuts. They can also be moved by finger and stylus movements. It is also possible to see the units of measure on the grid background and change the units of measure. This app does not use any visible scrollbars in the scene.[6]

3D builder supports saving in 3D formats, 3D printing, 2D printing, and ordering models online. Users can add metadata using the About This Model slide-out.[7]

3D Builder includes a built-in mini tutorial and links to online resources.[7][8][6]

The app also includes a paint mode that allows editing the surface texture/color of a 3d object. This make it easy for students to learn the basics of computer animation by creating customized 3d objects using their own 2d textures.

One of the most important features is the ability to prepare your 3d content for printing to a 3d printer. 3D Builder integrates with an online print service, allowing customers to print their creations and have them delivered to their door in a wide range of materials not available for home 3d printers.


  1. "3D Builder". Microsoft. November 15, 2013.
  2. Sabri, Sam (November 15, 2013). "Microsoft releases 3D Builder so you can view, prepare, and print your 3D models on Windows 8". Windows Central.
  3. Saunders, Sarah (December 5, 2016). "Microsoft 3D Builder App Now Available on Windows Mobile Devices and XBox One Consoles". 3D Print.
  4. Wilkinson, Jack (December 3, 2016). "3D Builder updated, now available for Windows 10 Mobile and Xbox One". onmsft.com.
  5. Fabian (August 10, 2016). "3D Builder Tutorial: How to Create Models for 3D Printing". i.materialise.com.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Karner, Jen (November 23, 2016). "How to use 3D Builder on Windows 10". Windows Central.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "3D Builder resources". Developer. Microsoft.
  8. "How to use 3D Builder and 3D Scan for Windows". Support. Microsoft. January 11, 2017.

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