About Web3D Consortium
Founded in 1997, the Web3D Consortium is an international, non-profit, member-funded, industry standards development organization.
Today, the Web3D Consortium is utilizing its broad-based industry support to develop the X3D specification, designed for sharing interactive 3D graphics on the Web, between applications and across distributed networks and web services.
X3D is a royalty-free open standards file format and run-time architecture to represent and communicate 3D scenes in multiple applications. The X3D family of standards is ratified by the International Standards Organization (ISO) to ensure archival stability and steady evolution. X3D graphics provides a system for the storage, retrieval, and playback of real-time 3D graphics content embedded in applications, all within an open architecture to support a wide array of domains and user scenarios.
The Web3D Consortium with its members builds and maintains widely applicable X3D standards through well-coordinated Liaison Partnerships with International Standards Organization (ISO), Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) and other organizations. Members collaboratively develop the X3D standards and tools making them widely adopted by digital content creation industries across diverse markets.
Formal Web3D Consortium By-Laws govern our organization. Many groups claim to be "open" while their requirements for full membership are actually closed. Web3D Consortium membership is fully open to industry, government agencies, academia and individual professionals. All Web3D standardization efforts also receive public scrutiny and comments as milestone requirements prior to formal ISO approval as International Standards. All contributions are royalty-free for any use according to the Web3D Consortium Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Policy.
The Web3D Consortium promotes deployment of X3D standards for the communication of 3D scenes in multiple applications, use cases, platforms, and verticals. Members collaboratively develop the X3D standards and tools making them widely adopted across diverse markets for academia, government, industry, and individuals. The Web3D Consortium offers robust ISO standardized 3D functionality and long-term stability for enterprise solutions and interoperability with other standards.