We've just launched full support for USDZ and all its variants like USD, USDA, and USDB. That means you can now convert USDZ to any of our output formats like GLB, FBX, OBJ, and more.
If you're anywhere near the 3D industry today, you've most likely come across a USDZ 3D model, or maybe needed one. USDZ is one of the youngest formats, introduced in 2018 at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference.
But what many might not know is that the USD 3d format goes further back. When you see Woody staring at the antique store in Toy Story 4, everything on the screen has touched USDZ: characters, locations, everything. USD has been Pixar's internal format for years and was made open source in 2016.
Around that time, Apple was in full swing working on prototypes of their Vision headset and started to really like the USD format's capabilities of combining many 3D disciplines into one, be it geometry, images, or even audio. And, with USDZ, everything can be packed together in a straightforward file, ready to ship to the device that is presenting it, e.g. a phone or a mixed-reality headset.
Apple decided to adopt USDZ for their 3D frameworks, which led to USDZ becoming an important industry standard, impossible to avoid if you're doing anything in 3D for the Apple platforms, including AR previews on e-commerce sites or in apps.
USDZ is just a variant of the USD format family. The Z stands for "zip", but it's actually not compressed, it's just a way to pack everything in one file, which is handy.
The other variants are
There are a couple of reasons you might want to go for a USDZ file. If you're working on the Apple ecosystem, you get built-in native support on macOS, tvOS, iPadOS, and iOS. Safari reads the files out of the box, as well as AR QuickView.
For professionals, USDZ promises that this format is all you need throughout the entire workflow. There's just that one file, whether you're a 3D artist doing modeling, a texture artist whose output is JPG or PNG, or you're working with audio. It all goes into the USDZ archive. And when you're done and ready to ship, you ship the USDZ file. Simple, right? No intermediate formats to deal with here.
The USD converters are our latest first-class citizens in the population of 3D formats in our converter:
And of course, like the rest of Convert3D, it's free and 100% private - your files are never uploaded to the cloud for conversion, it all happens on your computer, whether you're on Windows, macOS, or Linux, using any modern browser.
Convert a 3D model to USDZ by finding your format on /convert, then drag in your model. Or, just drag your model on the universal converter on our main page.
Convert a USDZ model to OBJ, FBX, STL, GLB, GLTF, DAE, 3DS, or PLY - and more coming soon!