Sharing and Embedding 3D Viewer Models in Home Designer

Reference Number: KB-03091
Last Modified: June 18, 2018

The information in this article applies to:

Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural or Home Designer Suite or Home Designer Interiors


How do I share a 3D Viewer Model or embed it online?


3D Viewer Models can be shared or embedded by utilizing the tools available in your My Account after you have exported the model from a Home Designer 2019 or newer product. Learn more and download the free 3D Viewer app.

To export a 3D Viewer model in Home Designer 2019 and newer products

  1. Open the plan that you would like to export a 3D Viewer model from and open a 3D camera view.

  2. Select File> Export> Export Chief Architect 3D Viewer File Export Chief Architect 3D Viewer File icon.

  3. If you are not already logged in, the Chief Architect Account Login dialog will display. Log into the online account that is associated with your Home Designer software license.

  4. Next, the Export 3D Viewer File dialog will display. Provide a Name and an optional Description.

     Notice that this dialog also shows the models Surface Count and the Texture Size. It is recommended to keep the number of exported surfaces below 500,000 and exported texture size below 50 MB.

    The more objects that are present in a plan, the higher the surface count will be. Turning off the display of any layers that don't need to exported with the model is recommended. Please see the Related Articles section below for more information on toggling the display of layers. 

    If the model's Texture Size is over 50 MB, it's likely that detailed and complex materials have been applied and used on objects in relation to your structure. Decreasing the amount of detailed materials that are present within the plan prior to export will help greatly with the loading and viewing experience of the model. 

  5. Click the Cameras button to specify which saved cameras to export.

    • Place a check within the Include column for each camera you want to be included in the export. 

    • Place a check in the Initial View column for the camera you want to see first when the model is opened in the 3D Viewer. 

  6. Click OK to confirm your changes and then click OK on the Export 3D Viewer File dialog to start the export process.

  7. Once the export has completed, an information message will display confirming your upload. Click OK.

To share or embed a 3D Viewer Model

  1. Log into your Chief Architect Account and click on the Manage Your 3D Viewer Models link.

  2. 3D Viewer models are private by default. A 3D Viewer model needs to be made public before it can be shared or embedded. Click the Make Public button next to a specific 3D Viewer model to enable sharing.

    Note: Internet Explorer is not supported with 3D Viewer models. For more information on the System requirements for the Chief Architect 3D Viewer, please see the 3D Viewer System Requirements page.

  3. After making a model public, click the Share button to bring up the different sharing options.

    • Direct Link
      Select the Direct Link tab to retrieve a direct link to the model. This link can be copied and sent to someone to be viewed within a web browser. You can also use this link to share the model on social media sites.

    • E-mail
      Select the E-mail tab. Click the Send E-mail button to open the default mail application on your computer (Outlook, OS X Mail, Thunderbird, etc.).

      Click the copy button if your primary e-mail is a web-based e-mail (,,, etc.) as this will copy the text to your clipboard. When you create a new e-mail, paste the text. 

    • Embed
      Copy the HTML code that is here and paste it into the source code for your website or provide the code to your webmaster.

    • Embed on HomeTalk
      On the Embed tab, click the ChiefTalk/HomeTalk button. Click the Copy button to copy the link and paste it into your HomeTalk post. HomeTalk will automatically embed the 3D Viewer Model once you add your post to HomeTalk.

    • Embed on a WordPress blog
      On the Embed tab, click the WordPress button. Click the Copy button to copy the content and paste it into a WordPress blog using the Text editor. 

      Note: Embedding 3D Models only works with Self-Hosted WordPress sites. Sites hosted on will not be able to embed 3D Models.