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How to use Trila to post 3D content on Facebook

Trila helps you convert 3D content into something you can actually publish. In a few steps you'll have a 3D model you can use in Office 365, Photoshop, Facebook, Snapchat, Wikipedia, Unity or your webpage. No expensive 3D software or training needed. Watch the intro video here.

In this guide we'll tell you where to download 3D models, how to use Trila to convert them and how to import them into Facebook.

There is a great variety of 3D models that can be downloaded from the internet. Many of these are free or can be purchased at a very reasonable price. When downloading 3D content always make sure that you respect the author's usage license.

Here are some sites that have a huge amount of 3D content:

Let's start by downloading a 3D model from Sketchup 3D Warehouse. For this example we've chosen a Vintage Toy Airplane 3D model by user PFritz.

You can download the 3D model by clicking on the "Download" button to the right. Make sure you choose 'Sketchup 2017 Model'. This will download a .skp file.

Fig1. - The Vintage Toy Airplane 3D model on Sketchup 3D Warehouse

Go to Trila to upload the model. Trila accepts single 3D models as well as archives (zip, rar, 7z) that contain both the 3D model and its textures. Hit the "Choose a file" button and navigate to your downloaded 3D content.

Fig2. - Upload your 3D model to Trila

Once you have selected your file you can choose the application or platform you're targeting. In this example we'll choose Facebook.

Fig3. - Choose Facebook as the target platform

Next up are the optimization & cleanup options. Selecting 'yes' will perform automatic cleaning and will slightly reduce the size of the 3D model and its textures. 'No' will skip this step and 'Advanced Options' will allow you to reduce the size (and quality) even further. In this example we will choose 'no'.

Fig4. - Trila optimization and cleanup options

We're all set to start the conversion process. Hit the 'Upload' button and wait for the upload to finish. Your 3D model will be put in the conversion queue and you will receive an email once this process has finished.

Fig5. - Uploading the 3D model to Trila

The email (be sure to check your spam folder!) contains a link to the download page. Hit the 'Download' button to download your model. Make sure to unzip the file to your hard drive.

Fig6. - The download page

Open Facebook and create a new post. You can now drag & drop the download 3D file (.glb) into the composer window. If succesful you will see a spinning cube that indicates the file is being processed.

Fig7. - Creating a new Facebook post and uploading your 3D object

Once processing has finished the spinning cube will disappear and your interactive 3D model will appear in your post.

Fig8. - The interactive 3D object in a Facebook post

And there you have it. You can now make use of an almost infinite inventory of 3D objects to enrich your Facebook posts.

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