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Universal 3D
Last modified: Monday, December 20, 2004 

Abbreviated as U3D.

Universal 3D (U3D) is a format that allows 3D Computer-Aided-Design (CAD) applications to export the on-screen interactive experience to mainstream office applications that support the specification. *Through the 3D Industry Forum (3DIF), Intel Corp is working with other companies to develop a standard file format and a sample runtime libraries designed to support the efficient reuse of 3D data in mainstream applications.  The Universal 3D specification and sample implementation will simplify the transformation of complex 3D data into a format that can be streamed, compressed and viewed on affordable, nonproprietary software/hardware platforms while providing a high quality viewing experience.

* [Source: Universal 3D (U3D) Whitepaper - PDF]

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The 3D Industry Forum 
The 3D Industry Forum began when Intel researchers gathered a group of leading 3D graphics hardware and software developers together to discuss establishing a common standard for sharing 3D content over the web. Additional discussions with corporate users of 3D graphics revealed a desire to repurpose the 3D assets developed for product design across the corporation in training, documentation, marketing, sales, and over the Web.

Universal 3D (U3D) Whitepaper (PDF) 
This Universal 3D Whitepaper is provided by Intel.

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