Is there a free or low-cost viewer for U3D files exported from SolidWorks?
I have tried a number of the viewers that supposedly support U3D, but I have yet to find one that really works.
According to U3D File Extension - Open .U3D Files both Blender & DAZ 3D are able to view U3D files, & are free.
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The fileinfo.com site either has outdated or incorrect info, as the current Blender and DazStudio don't allow import of U3D.
The only application I found that does open it is Simlab Composer, and while its not free, it is low cost.
A viewer that may work for you is Sketchfab. Looks like they have a plugin for SolidWorks, and they do have free accounts although your usage would determine if a paid account would be needed. This does not use U3D format.
you can embed u3d files into any TeX document.
and the function:
But your question has become obsolote since there is no more support for u3d since 2015.
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