Microsoft 3D Viewer is a program that you can use to view 3D models.
Is Microsoft 3D Viewer free?
Yes, it is free for non-commercial use only. It is not time-limited and does not expire after 30 days like other trial software. The commercial license of the 3DViewer is freeware.
How do I download Microsoft 3D Viewer?
You can choose between a 32-bit and 64-bit version of the runtime environment. Do not install both, because they will overwrite each other!
The file you want is named: Microsoft_3D_Viewer_Setup_en-us.exe (version 2016) or MICROS~1.EXE (older versions). The newest version at this time is v4 from December 2012 with Windows 8 support. It is available in English, German, Italian, Spanish and French language. In most cases, it also works on newer systems like Windows 10/8/7, but it may fail to run on Windows XP.
How does 3D viewer work?
The program works by presenting several images in rapid succession, so the viewer's brain combines these images into the impression of a 3D model. We apply different settings for zooming and depth to achieve interesting results.
How good is Microsoft 3D Viewer as a free 3D model viewer?
Microsoft 3D Viewer may not be the first choice if you want to view or edit complex files with large texture maps or high triangle counts. However, it does what it promises well: displaying nicely textured static geometry at a variety of angles and distances quickly and easily. It can even animate objects correctly! This makes it an ideal solution for developers who need to show their work from multiple angles without leaving their desks, or those who would like to make a quick and easy, yet decent-looking fly-through of their latest work. It is also possible to create animation with any 3D model exported in .3ds format.
How do I use Microsoft 3D Viewer?
After the installation process, you can start Microsoft 3D Viewer normally. Just open it and click on "Open" to find your model file. You will then see a preview of the first scene, like this:
You can use the mouse wheel to zoom in and out, or press Ctrl-Up/Down for fast zooming. The right mouse button rotates the object.
Afterward, just click on "Play Animation" to watch your model from all angles!
If you do not have a 3D model yet, download one from this website or get one from your colleagues and friends. After you have it on your disk, start Microsoft 3D Viewer again and open the model you downloaded.
What are the system requirements for Microsoft 3D Viewer?
Microsoft 3D Viewer runs on 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10/8/7, so it should work if your computer supports one of these systems! The display resolution must be 1024x768 pixels or higher.