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WatchMaker 3D FAQ

What do I need?

  • Make sure you have WatchMaker 7.0+ installed on your phone and watch
  • At date of writing WatchMaker 7.0 is available in beta for phones and Wear OS watches
  • The Samsung watch version (Tizen OS) is expected in mid March as it must first pass Samsung review which is time-consuming

How do I create a 3D Watch Face?

  • Create a new watch as normal by tapping dots in top right corner > New Watch
  • Tap green Edit button
  • Tap +, then scroll and tap 3d
  • Select a built-in 3D model to add to watchface

  • You can now move this 3d object how you would normally by dragging or using values in editor, e.g. Position X/Y
  • Note you can now move along the Z axis and scale the object along all 3 axes - Scale X/Y/Z

Custom 3D objects

  • Custom 3D objects must be in .obj (Wavefront) format
  • You can download ready-made 3D objects from websites such as blendswap or Free3d
  • Try and select low-poly models as these will be displayed on a small watchface with limited memory!
  • Copy the .obj (3D object) file and associated .mtl (material) file, plus associated textures to somewhere on your PC or Mac
  • If you only have .blend format, you need to install Blender using link below and export as .obj (Wavefront format)
  • Alternatively create your own 3D object using Blender and export as .obj (Wavefront format)
  • To add to your watchface click + 3D / Custom
  • Copy your 3D files from your PC/Mac to the directory on your phone specified - this must include .obj (3D object) file and associated .mtl (material) file, plus associated textures
  • Click + 3d / Custom again and you should see your 3D model in the list!

How can I get a free 3D Modelling Tool

  • We recommend using Blender - free for PC or Mac
  • Download a free 3D tool for PC or Mac such as Blender
  • Use the 1000s of tutorials online to create your first 3D object

Custom 3D objects limitations

  • Please download or create low-poly models as these will be displayed on a small watchface with limited memory!
  • Maximum file size of .obj file in WatchMaker is 3MB
  • .obj file names must contain upper case, lower case, numbers, hyphens or underscores only

Add 3D Text

  • You can add 3D text using the + 3D / Text option
  • Select from one of 3 built-in 3D fonts
  • To increase/decrease the 3d effect, scale the Z axis (with constraints turned off)
  • Support for custom 3D fonts coming soon

Add 3D Camera

  • Your watchface already has a 3D camera pre-installed
  • Note the 3D camera only works on 3D layers and does not affect 2D layers
  • To change this camera, add a new 3D camera using + 3D / Camera
  • This replaces the default camera and gives you many options to change the camera position, angle and much more

Add 3D Lighting

  • Your watchface already has a single 3D point light pre-installed
  • Note the 3D lighting only works on 3D layers and does not affect 2D layers
  • To change this default light, add a new 3D light using + 3D / Light
  • You have many options for all lighting types (directional, point and spot)
  • You can have up to 3 of each types of light in your watchface

Things to watch out for

  • If you change a custom 3D model by overwriting files on your phone, you will need to restart the app to see the changes as 3D models are cached
  • If you export a 3D model and cannot see any colors, you may need to check you have included UV Maps in Blender (check the .obj file has vt elements after export)
  • 2D and 3D objects are rendered separately and do not interact other than respecting their layer order
  • 2D objects do not respond to 3D cameras or lighting
watchmaker3d.txt · Last modified: 2021/02/25 18:23 by alexcurran1