How to use Trila to get your 3D models into Wikipedia
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 Wikipedia.
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. Read more about Creative Commons licenses on Wikimedia Commons here.
Here are some sites that have a huge amount of 3D content:
- Yobi3D - Free 3D Models Search Engine
- SketchUp 3D Warehouse
- Sketchfab - Discover a million things in 3D, AR, and VR
- Google Poly - Explore the world of 3D
- Turbosquid - 3D Models for Professionals
Let's start by downloading a 3D model from Blend Swap. You'll need to create an account to be able to download 3D models. It is free an it is totally worth it! Blend Swap allows you to easily browse models by file license which is great if you want to upload to Wikipedia.
You can download the 3D model by clicking on the "Download" button at the bottom.
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.
Once you have selected your file you can choose the application or platform you're targeting. In this example we'll choose Wikipedia.
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'.
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.
Open the Wikimedia page, sign in and hit the 'Upload file' link in the menu on the left. This will open the upload wizard which will tell you all about what you can and can't upload. Hitting 'Next' will take you to the upload view.
Browse to the .stl file that you downloaded from Trila and hit the upload button. If the upload was successful you will see a thumbnail that shows a preview render of the 3D model.
The next page is very important. Here'll you tell Wikimedia the source of the 3D content and its author as well as the license.
And there you have it. You can now make use of an almost infinite inventory of 3D objects to add to your Wikipia pages.