3D Builder

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3D Builder
A component of Microsoft Windows
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3D Builder in Windows 10
Type Computer-Aided Design app
Included with Windows 10
Also available for Windows 8, Windows 10 Mobile, Windows Holographic, Xbox One[1]
Related components

3D Builder is a computer-aided drawing tool in Microsoft Windows and Windows 10 Mobile that allows users to create, view, and edit 3D objects. The tools focus on geometric relations and color, and the interface uses a ribbon similar to the Office Mobile tablet apps.


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]

A notable limitation of 3D Builder is that it does not allow users to apply multiple colors to individual objects.


3D Builder was praised by Windows Central and i.materialise for its variety of features and for being available for free.[6][5]


  1. ^ "3D Builder". Windows Store. Microsoft. 
  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. ^ a b Fabian (August 10, 2016). "3D Builder Tutorial: How to Create Models for 3D Printing". i.materialise.com. 
  6. ^ a b c Karner, Jen (November 23, 2016). "How to use 3D Builder on Windows 10". Windows Central. 
  7. ^ a b "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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