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How to use Trila to get your 3D models into Snapchat

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 Snapchat's Lens Studio.

Check out these example Snapchat Lenses that we made using Trila:

Diving Neymar (YouTube)
Pogba France World Cup Magic (YouTube)
Vladimir the Bat (YouTube)
Ronnie the Rooster (YouTube)

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 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 OpenGameArt.org. For this example we've chosen a Bot model by OpenGameArt.org user Quandtum.

Fig1. - The Bot model on OpenGameArt.org

Download the 3D model and 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 Snapchat.

Fig3. - Choose Snapchat 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 'yes'.

Fig4. - Selecting the optimization 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.

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.

Fig5. - The download page

Open Lens Editor and select the 'Static Object' template.

Fig6. - Create a new Project based on the Static Object template

This will create a new project with a default 3D model called 'Trophy [REPLACE_ME]'. Remove this by right-clicking on the object in the Object Panel and selecting 'Remove' from the popup menu. Now import the 3D model we've just converted by right-clicking anywhere in the Object Panel. Select 'Import object' from the pop menu and browse to the .fbx file.

Fig7. - Opening the FBX file

This will add the new model to the root of the scene. Drag the object in the Object Panel under 'WorldObjectController [EDIT_ME]'. You might want to rename this as well. You can see that the imported object is too large so you'll need to adjust the scale to 0.1 in the Transform Panel on the right.

Fig8. - The imported 3D model in Lens Studio

You can now pair with your device by clicking the 'Pair Your Device' button in the top right corner. The final step is to push everything to the device by clicking on the 'Let's Push Your Lens' button. If all went well you'll see this:

Fig9. - The 3D model as a Snapchat lens on your device

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

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