You’ve got your tabular data, maps, and all your additional metadata that describes the real-world recorded and ready to go. But what’s missing from that data? A third dimension.

The world around us is a vibrant, non-2D environment, and your data should be as reflective of that as possible. With 3D data, not only will you impress those viewing it, you can also effectively communicate the story that your data is trying to tell. With FME you can integrate your 3D data models, extrude your 2D geometries to create new models, or add textures and styling elements to finalize your 3D masterpiece.

Why FME for 3D Data?

Extrude 2D Blueprints and Outlines

Whether you’re working with building footprints or terrains, FME can help elevate your data by extruding your 2D geometry to 3D models. Use the Extruder alongside other 3D transformers to create the perfect workflow.

Merge 2D and 3D Data

Once you’ve created or obtained the 3D models you need, integrate them with other descriptive data to create a more complete and enriched 3D dataset. Run these workflows automatically with FME Server.

Create Engaging Environments

Integrate various 3D elements and present a virtual environment that others can view and explore. Connect your creations to web platforms like Cesium or gaming engines like Unreal to further enhance your custom world.

Add Geometries, Textures, and Styling

Customize the appearance of your 3D data by overlaying raster images that add realistic details to your models. Unify your models by adding custom styling that is unique to your or your organization.

Point Clouds, Meshes, and More!

FME supports many 3D formats, giving you the ability to integrate data from a variety of sources. Whether you’re reading from or writing to Autodesk 3ds Max, OBJ, or LAS, FME can help you maximize your data’s potential.

Free Support!

No matter where you are in your FME journey, we are here to help you take the next step! Reach out to us via Live Chat or post in our Community with your question, and we’ll make sure to get you the help you need.

Supported 3D Formats

sketchup
autodesk 3ds max
autodesk fbx
cesium
fme ar
unreal
obj
minecraft

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FME for CAD and BIM

For many industries, the use of 3D models in the form of CAD or BIM are extremely important to everyday activities. FME can help you make the most of your design and drafting data by running validation workflows, converting your data to easily shareable formats like 3D PDF or KML, and so much more!

Using and integrating 3D data from architecture, engineering, and construction agencies can be challenging. FME helps to ease your data troubles by giving you the flexibility and control you need to make sure your data is being used to its full potential.


FME for 3D Spatial Data

When most people think spatial data, they think 2D maps. But, spatial data has a lot more to offer than just that. With elevation data, 2D coordinates can quickly be transformed into 3D objects like digital elevation models that can help you better understand the exact kind of terrain you’re working with.

3D spatial data combined with other objects can help you model not just the terrain, but the built environment as well. With FME you can drag-and-drop your files into your workspace and create your own custom workflows to integrate all the 3D data you choose.


FME for Gaming Environments

Now that you’ve got your 3D models set up and ready to go, you can use the power of gaming environments to display your creations in an immersive way. With gaming systems, your data can be shared, rendered, and explored by any user.

Transform and convert your 3D assets into formats like .udatasmith for Unreal Engine or level.dat for Minecraft using FME. Explore outside the confines of your typical data programs, and see where else your data can take you.

FME for Gaming Environments

FME for Mixed Reality

Experience your 3D data right at your fingertips with the help of mixed reality. With FME you can convert your data into formats built for virtual reality applications, like X3D, or create .fmear files for use in the FME AR mobile application.

Working with mixed reality may sound intimidating, but with FME, the process can be made much more intuitive. Simply drag-and-drop the transformers you need, then choose the format you’d like to write to. From there, you can use your new files with the technology of your choice.

  • "FME helped us achieve the impossible and their staff is a pleasure to work with!"

    Emmy Thammasine, Denver International Airport
  • "This deep dive into CityGML and 3D QC was only possible with FME."

    Guido Stein, AppGeo
  • "With FME, Bohannan Huston was able to model culverts in 3D and validate the project flowline network. I believe that we would not have been able to achieve the same results with any other geospatial solution."

    Krist Nelson, Bohannan Huston
  • "FME dissolves the boundaries between software systems, provides the tools to efficiently perform almost every data transformation task, and makes it easy for me to build solutions."

    Steve Grise, Vertex3
  • "FME has become a core technology in our solutions."

    Dr. Lutz Ross, virtualcitySYSTEMS

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