How to read and visualise a 3D file

You just got a 3d file from one of those popular websites (, Youmagine, 3DHubs), you created it from scratch or a friend gave it to you. But you want now visualise it.

You can visualise a 3D file with whatever the extension (STL, OBJ, PLY...) without paying a penny with the differents kind of open-source software you can find on internet. I advice you to download MESHLAB with the following link depending of your OS "Operating System": Download Meshlab.

When it's done, install the software on your computer. You can now load your 3D file by clicking on:"File -> Import Mesh" and look for your 3D file in the directory you dropped it off.

It may ask you the following question: Unify duplicated vertices. Click on ''OK''.