Tuesday, May 14th, 2024 Posted by Jim Thacker

Browser-based 3D modeling app Womp is now in beta

Womp 3D has launched Womp, its intuitive online 3D modeling platform, in beta.

The platform, which can be used for free, enables users to create simple 3D models in a web browser, and download them in OBJ, FBX, glTF or USD format for editing in other software.

An intuitive way to create concept designs or 3D models for printing
On its alpha release in 2022, Womp described itself as an “easy-to-use 3D creation and publishing app” that “allows you to goop, melt and subtract shapes with each other”.

For those familiar with more conventional 3D software, that means real-time Boolean modelling, with a couple of nice twists that we’ll get to later.

Womp is targeted at non-specialists who want to create graphics for social media, or simple models for 3D printing, but it could also be used for shape exploration for concept design.

Build up models by Booleaning and blending 3D primitives
Users build up forms inside Womp using 3D primitives – the beta release adds cone, torus and pyramid primitives – and curves, joining them together via Boolean unions or substractions.

The result updates in real time as you move the source objects around in the viewport.

As well as Booleaning the geometry, Womp blends between the materials of the source objects – which does indeed create the impression that you’re pulling around gel, or goo.

Materials, lighting and rendering options
Womp comes with a set of readymade PBR materials – expanded in the beta release – that can be dragged and dropped onto objects.

They cover common types of real-world materials, including metal, plastic, glass, rubber and skin, with paid accounts also providing access to Pro and Super materials.

The completed model can be lit using up to 16 rectangular, dome or spherical lights and/or a HDRI environment, and rendered at up to 4K resolution (3,840 x 2,160px) or as HD video.

It is also possible to download the 3D model for editing in other DCC applications, in standard file formats including OBJ, FBX, USD, glTF, Collada (DAE), STL and PLY.

New in the beta release: upload your own 3D models, including in .blend format
To that, the beta release adds experimental support for uploading existing 3D models as a starting point from which to work.

The file formats supported are similar to those for file export, with the exception of USD, but with the addition of Blender’s native .blend format and 3ds Max’s .3ds file format.

The update also reworks the UI, and improves usability when working in Womp on an iPad, including on-screen Undo and Redo buttons.

Pro users also get the option to export 3D models with uniform topology.

Pricing and system requirements
Womp is compatible with most standard desktop browsers, including Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera and Safari.

Free accounts include the 3D modeling tools and basic materials, and support export of models in STL and OBJ format. Rendering is capped at 4K resolution for still images and HD for video.

Pro accounts cost $12.99/month or $119.88/year and include advanced features including Pro and Super materials.

Read a full list of new features in the Womp beta in the online changelog

Try browser-based 3D modelling tool Womp for free online

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