Many places on the internet allow you to download 3D models. FWsim allows you to import many of these 3D models, and then place your fireworks around them or on them. However, certain restrictions apply: You must pick models that have relatively low polygon count (also called “low poly”). Physically based rendering (PBR) models are not supported. You can find a list of supported file types below.
Sketchfab is our recommended site. The models on Sketchfab work very well with FWsim, and many of them are created from real photographs. Please make sure you have the most recent version of FWsim in order to use Sketchfab models.
Free3d.com offers 17.000 3D models, some free, some paid. If available, download the .DAE (collada) file format.
You can find excellent 3D Models of buildings at Sketchup 3D Warehouse. You can download them for free. Make sure you select the “Collada” file format if it’s available.
Unfortunately, Sketchup 3D Warehouse made some changes in 2021. Now, for some models there is no Collada format available - only the Sketchup format. FWsim cannot open the Sketchup format. If you want to use these models that have no Collada available, you need to use the Sketchup software. You can try this software free for 30 days. You can download 3D Warehouse models in the Sketchup format, open them in the Sketchup software, and then export them in the “Collada” file format.
FWsim can usually open the following 3D model file formats:
3D, DAE, 3DS, 3MF, ASE, AC, AC3D, ACC, AMJ, ASE, ASK, B3D, BVH, CMS, COB, GLTF, HMB, IRR, IRRMESH, LWO, LWS, LXO, M3D, MD2, MD3,OBJ, PLY, LWO, LXO, STL, AC, MS3D, COB, SCN, SMD, VTA, MDL, MD2, MD3, PK3, MDC, MD5, BVH, CSM, X, B3D, Q3D, Q3S, IRRMESH, IRR, NFF, OFF, RAW, TER, MDL, HMP, NDO, FBX
The following formats usually do not work very well:
However, even if a model is on this list, the model might not work if it contains special data that FWsim doesn’t understand. We are continually updating FWsim to support more types of 3D models. So if if you find something that doesn’t work, just let us know.
If your model is made for “physically-based rendering” (PBR) then it will not work in FWsim.
If you use the Sketchup 3D modelling software to create your models, you might want to integrate them with fireworks. In order to do that, you can use FWsim.
Please follow these steps: