Find and Use 3-D Models and Resources for Augmented Reality – by Jeff Batt
February 26, 20200 Comments
Anchors allow it to be possible that they stay put, to place the position and orientation of objects in your AR scenes. The next step following understanding anchors is learning to construct the AR content around the anchor. How do you make the AR articles, and knowledge or what tools do you need to construct it?
What is AR content? AR content can be many different things, but it is when the AR experience is triggered what shows up on the consumer’s device. This could be videos, easy images, or items. Those 3-D items could be developed right within your AR authoring tool, or they could be built in another 3-D modeling tool and brought to the AR authoring environment. You are able to demonstrate many different items, images, and video combined into a single experience. Adobe Aero even allows you to use those layers to create depth of field and to bring in Photoshop files.
Basic 3-D models
Within this article I will concentrate on versions you how to get more complex models from various resources and can create simple models. AR authoring tools enable you to work with basic shapes and substances right within the application itself.
Unity adobe Aero, and Reality Composer support inserting basic shapes such as cylinders, boxes, spheres, text, and much more right. All three tools allow you to manipulate those shapes to a certain extent, such as changing colors.
Unity allows you to create some fairly complex stuff that wraps contours with patterns to make the experience more realistic. (Figure 1) You may add reflections and deeper layers to produce objects seem much more comprehensive.
Figure 1: Unity provides comprehensive resources like This bud pattern
Adobe Aero and reality Composer are limited on designs and materials for now, however I see this. All this means that you can create basic shapes and items without having to know complex tools or be a designer or programmer.
3-D asset websites
What happens if you want to have more complex versions that go beyond the capacity of Adobe Aero, Reality Composer, or even Unity? There are lots of websites that offer premade versions which you may either buy or get for free. You can download assets straight and utilize it within the AR engines that are compatible. No matter which of those 3-D asset websites in this list you pick, once an advantage is in Adobe Aero, Reality Composer, or Unity, you can adjust the size and spinning, and reestablish it in your AR authoring tool.
Let us explore some of those resources.
Unity asset store
This is my favorite among; using the Asset Store tab, you can get it from within Unity. (Figure 2) Search for a model which you will need for your AR experience and then bring it into your current project. There are thousands of versions. You can make use of these resources, such as buildings, trees, personalities, and much more as you build your AR surroundings in greater detail. A good deal of these versions have built-in animations which you can trigger within the AR authoring program.
Figure 2: The Unity Asset Store
Reality Composer by Apple and Adobe Aero have libraries with hundreds of 3-D versions. Click the plus button, then search for the object’s type you need, and then add it. (Figures 3 and 4) As with the Unity Asset Store, a number of those models have cartoons built in, or you can animate them yourself.
Figure 3: Reality Composer Assets
Figure 4: Adobe Aero Assets
Another source is Google Poly. Google Poly is a place for developers to display their versions, but many of the models are readily available to download for free and use within your AR authoring tool. Click on that object Look for the item you need, and download it in the right format for the authoring tool you’re using. If you’re working with Adobe Aero or Reality Composer, you will need to download the USDZ file. You are able to adjust and manipulate the model to fulfill your need After from the authoring tool you’re using.
Turbo Squid is just another source like the Unity Asset Store or even Google Poly. (Figure 6) Some options are free, and many others do price. Search for the model you need and then download it. A number of those models are realistic but are somewhat more expensive.
Custom 3-D models
You don’t have to fret if you do not find what you’re searching for in the options. There are different means to get. You might choose to create the models yourself using modeling applications that are intricate, if you have something quite proprietary to your organization.
Blender is a free application which allows you to create complex 3-D models and cartoons. (Figure 7) You can find tutorials on YouTube or LinkedIn Learning for up and running using Blender. But, it is more complex than working with basic shapes in Adobe Aero and Reality Composer.
Figure 7: Blender
Maya may be intimidating at first. (Figure 8) This really is a really robust and powerful tool used for many 3-D animations. Even though a lot can be achieved within Maya, it is not as intimidating as you may think. As an example, I managed to design a robot following a LinkedIn Learning tutorial in a matter of a few hours. Maya provides a lite version for only $250/year. That is $20/month, and it’s almost the same features as the full version of Maya. You are able to create models and animations which may be exported to Adobe Aero, Reality Composer, or Unity.
You need someone with more expertise to design several 3-D versions for you personally and if everything else fails, UpWork is a good source to find a professional contractor with years of experience. I’ve used UpWork on several projects, and you can all find talent all over the world to assist you with your custom jobs. Just be sure you detail out just what you need upfront to prevent a good deal of back and forth.
Keep in mind, these 3-D versions may be used to get AR articles and they may also be used for VR encounters. While VR allows you to create a virtual camera in which the user may explore the entire world from a perspective, AR makes it possible for the consumer’s device to be a camera to the virtual universe to explore material from a bird’s eye view. The resources that you utilize for both are the same.
Reality Composer unity, and Adobe Aero permit you to create a great deal of content without knowing 3-D modeling programs that are sophisticated. It is nice to have these resources visit when you need it, If you need something beyond these basic contours.
Especially Unity, be sure to check my Workshop at Realities 360 in March if you would like to learn more about AR authoring tools.
Within this hands-on workshop you will get started developing mobile programs that leverage both ARCore performance and ARKit two using Unity. You are going to learn how to construct AR learning experiences for iPhones, iPads, and Android devices, reaching millions of users. You are going to discover how to trigger these augmented learning experiences with print material and items and get sample files and resources which you can use after the workshop is over.
In this session, you’ll discover how to add to them and how to start developing easy items on your iPad using Realities Composer. You’ll then explore how to animate and add audio to your AR experiences.
Registration for those Realities 360 Conference & Expo is required in order to enroll for the pre-conference workshop.