How to Upload a 3D Model

How to Upload a 3D Model

Uploading Standalone 3D files (PRT, STEP, or JT)

To upload a standalone 3D file:

  1. Open a workspace
  2. Once in a workspace, click the ‘Upload’ button on the left sidebar
  3. Drag and drop the files you would like to upload, or click ‘Choose Files’ to browse your file system
  4. Once you have uploaded or dragged in all the files to upload, hit ‘Upload Files’
  • If you are uploading any standalone part file (ex: SLDPRT, STEP, STL, NWD, FBX or JT), select the ‘Individual Files’ option.
  • For all 3D file types that CoLab supports, see ‘Supported File Types’.
  • You can upload multiple files at once. If using drag and drop, simply drag and drop multiple files. If using ‘Choose Files’, simply hold ctrl to select multiple files
  • You can cancel file uploads at anytime by clicking ‘Cancel’ 

After the file is uploaded, it is converted to a web-viewable format - this conversion process is indicated by the existence of a spinning wheel in the file tree in the left sidebar. When the spinning wheel icon is replaced with a 3D cube, you may click it to view the file.

Uploading 3D CAD Assembly files

To upload a CAD assembly (e.g. SLDASM, ASM, CATPRODUCT, etc):

  1. Open a workspace
  2. Once in a workspace, click the ‘Upload’ button on the left sidebar
  3. If you are uploading a 3D CAD Assembly file, select the ‘Assembly’ option 
  4. Drag and drop the files you would like to upload, or click ‘Choose Files’ to browse your file system
  5. Once you have uploaded or dragged in all the files to upload,  use the ‘Parent File’ drop down menu to select the top level, or parent, assembly file
  6. After clicking the dropdown, start typing to search for that file. Once you’ve selected the parent assembly file, click ‘Upload’ to upload your assembly
  7. After selecting the file, upload progress is indicated by a progress bar in the viewer pane
  • For drag and drop, drag in all the parts and assembly files related to the assembly you are trying to upload
  • A feature such as “Pack and Go” in Solidworks, “Save As - Save a Backup” in Creo, or “eTransmit” in Revit can be used to consolidate all assembly reference files into one folder
  • Once all files are in one folder, you can simply select-all and drag them into the file upload dialogue in CoLab
  • For a complete list of supported 3D file types, see ‘Supported 3D File Types’.