3D model platform Sketchfab has just secured funding worth $ 7 million raised by a Series A round led by FirstMark Capital, with participation from existing investors TechStars, Balderton, Partech and Borealis.
Founded in 2012, the company has managed to be at the forefront for 3D content, also by being integrated into software such as Solidworks and Autodesk’s 3DS Max as well as several 3D scanning solutions such as Fuel3D Scanify, Intel RealSense or the Structure Sensor. Sketchfab’s 3D models can also be included into Facebook posts or 3D printed thanks to a collaboration with 3D Hubs.
“We are integrated with most 3D creation tools, and as a direct result of being the best 3D viewer on the market, we are also the fastest growing repository of 3D files. Our vibrant community has shared more than 300k 3D files on Sketchfab to date. Tomorrow – if not today – you’ll be able to find a virtual version of almost anything on Sketchfab: objects, places and people.”
Sketchfab definitely plays a key role in the ecosystems of VR, AR and 3D printing, being for example integrated in Microsoft’s HoloLens.
CEO Alban Denoyel comments in a blog post: “We are building Sketchfab because we believe 3D, virtual and augmented reality are changing the ways we consume content, and becoming a common media format just like video or sound. We were early then, and we’re ready now.”
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