Screen Shot 2022-09-09 at 11.55.19 AMWe're in the midst of a 3D and AR revolution. And like any good revolution, it's not going to happen overnight. It's not just about better graphics and new technology — it's about how we'll use them together to change the way we interact with both the real world and digital worlds. This list is meant to help you navigate through all of this new content, understand where it comes from, who creates it, and which platforms support it best (or at least support some of it).

1. Threedium

Threedium is a 3D and AR platform that provides content creation and management tools, as well as publishing and discovery tools. It also offers monetization capabilities for creators.

Threedium offers several products to enable its users to create 3D content, such as the following:

  • Fast and scalable asset creation of 3D/AR Digital Twins

  • Easy, scalable, automated and cost-efficient 3d file optimization on-the-go

  • Infinite design autonomy in the launch of 3D/AR Viewers/Configurators/Ad Units/QR Codes

  • Ability to deploy and integrate published solutions across any ERP, CMS, DAM or syndication network.

  • Ability to create AR experiences without the need of an app

  • Ability to publish NFTs on-the-go

  • Ability to generate Metaverse-Ready wearables and products to sell to avatars with ability to redeem in real life too

  • Ability to lease part of our metaverse lands in Decentraland, Sandbox, Digital Village to create bespoke Metaverse experiences and campaigns.

  • Ability to capture 100s of user behavior data points

2. Sketchfab

Sketchfab is a free 3D model viewer and hosting service. It allows you to upload your own 3D models, or use those uploaded by other people. You can then view the models in the Sketchfab viewer, or embed them on your website.

Sketchfab has a number of integrations with other services, including Facebook, Unity and Unreal Engine 4 games engines; Autodesk Maya and 3ds Max 3D modelling software; Adobe Photoshop image editing software; and more!

Its export options include:

  • WebGL (HTML5) for online viewing

  • Unity Web Player & iOS / Android builds for cross-platform mobile viewing

3. Niantic

  • Ninantic is a 3D content creation platform.

  • Ninantic has a community of artists.

  • Ninantic has a marketplace for 3D models and designs.

4. Apple - ARKit

Apple’s ARKit is an Augmented Reality (AR) platform that allows developers to create immersive, interactive experiences on iOS devices. It was introduced in 2017 with the release of iOS 11 and has since grown to become one of the most widely used mobile-centric platforms for developers looking to create 3D content.

Apple also offers an iPhone app called Measure that uses ARKit technology and can be used to measure distances, angles and areas using only an iPhone camera.

5. Google ARCore

Google ARCore is an SDK that brings augmented reality to Android devices. You can build AR apps with Unity, Unreal and Java/OpenGL. Google's platform has reached 100 million devices since its release in February 2018.

6. Unity

Unity is a game engine, but it's also used by many AR and VR apps. Unity makes it easy to create 3D games and other apps that run on all major platforms and devices. With the free version of Unity, you can build simple 2D or 3D games for web, PC, console and mobile devices.

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7.Unreal Engine

Unreal Engine is a game engine developed by Epic Games, first showcased in 1998. It has since been used to develop games for PC, consoles and mobile devices. It has been used in many popular games, including Fortnite, Gears of War and Apex Legends.

The company also offers other tools such as Unreal Studio (a tool that lets you create virtual environments) and Unreal Image Generator (a video creation tool).

8. SnapChat

SnapChat is a social media platform that lets users share videos and other media with friends. It was founded in 2011, and the company is based in Los Angeles, California. SnapChat has over 2.3 billion daily active users. The app can be downloaded for free on iOS devices, Android devices and Amazon Fire Tablet devices.

There are many providers for 3D and Augmented Reality

There are many providers for 3D and Augmented Reality. They can be categorized according to their strengths and weaknesses. For example, some platforms are good at perfect replication of the real world, while others provide a more open-ended experience.

Some of these platforms include:

  • 3D - Raises your app above the competition by giving users a 360-degree view of your product or service

  • Augmented Reality - Allows you to superimpose information onto real world objects using your phone, goggles or smartphone apps (e.g., Pokémon GO)

  • Metaverse - A virtual reality environment in which people can communicate with each other based on shared interests, activities and skills (e.g., Second Life)


We hope this list has been helpful to you. If you are looking for a provider of 3D and Augmented Reality, we are sure that one of these options will be perfect for your needs. We have listed many different providers along with some pros and cons so that you can make an informed decision before choosing your next partner.

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