When you publish a 3D model from the BioDigital Human web app, the model gets packaged in what we call the Human Viewer, or simply the Viewer. The Viewer, which was built to let you load and interact with 3D models in a browser or an application (all without a login!), can be published in two formats:
- An embed code, or "iframe"
- A standalone URL
When to publish an iframe:
An inline frame, better known as an iframe, is used to display external content within a web page. The content inside an iframe can take many forms: an image, an advertisement, a video – or a 3D model from the BioDigital Human!
As a rule of thumb, if you would like your 3D model to be displayed within an existing webpage (in other words, above or below text and other media), select Copy Embed when you publish it. This will generate an iframe, which you can then paste into your webpage just like you would with a YouTube video.
When to publish a URL:
Because the Viewer is essentially small webpage, it can operate independently from other webpages or applications, and it therefore can be opened in your browser as a standalone URL.
If you would like to direct learners directly to one of your 3D models and don't need it to be embedded into a webpage, select Copy URL when you publish it. This will generate a link that you can paste into a webpage, email, or document.
Tip: If you're providing a link to a 3D model instead of embedding it into a webpage, you may want to publish a 2D image of the model and then hyperlink the image to the 3D model. This is how we recommend integrating 3D models into PowerPoint, where iframes are not supported.
For instructions on how to embed an iframe into common applications and learning management systems (LMS), see our collection of embedding how-tos in Integrating 3D Models.