Just a quick note to let you all know that support for 3D models is coming to Commons! [0] The plan is to have the feature enabled by the end of November. There are a few technical items left to address. The feature will support the STL file format, one of the most common file formats for 3D models. [1] You can see an example of how a 3D model will appear on the test wiki. [2] (.gif) [3]

This feature has been discussed in the Wikimedia community for a long time. Most recently the feature was #11 on the 2015 Community Tech Wishlist and was previously discussed on Commons in April as development progressed. [4] [5] There will be a blog post on the Wikimedia Blog once the feature is enabled.

You can read more about the technical details of the feature and the help documentation on MediaWiki.org. [6] [7]

[0] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Village_pump#3D_model_support_coming_soon_to_Commons
[1] https://wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/STL_(file_format)
[2] https://test.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Programmatically_created_crystal.stl
[3] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Demo_of_3D_model_in_MediaViewer.gif
[4] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/2015_Community_Wishlist_Survey/Commons#3D_models_on_Wikimedia_Commons
[5] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Village_pump/Archive/2017/05#Preparing_for_3D_models_on_Commons
[6] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:3D
[7] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Help:Extension:3d

Chris Koerner
Community Liaison
Wikimedia Foundation