Play With 3D Models


Now that you've learnt how to apply material to the VR app with GearVR Framework, we are going to learn how to play with 3D model.

Create Project

Create a GearVR Framework project by copying the template project

Perform the following steps to make sure your project runs correctly

  1. (if developing for Gear VR) Copy your Oculus signature file to app/src/main/assets folder.
  2. Change the applicationId in build.gradle to a unique name to avoid naming conflict when you test the app later
  3. Change the app_name in res/values/strings.xml to avoid confusion when you debug the app.


Often times when we develop VR applications, we need to show complex 3D models. For example a plane, a castle or even an earth. We're going to learn how to achieve it with GearVR Framework

Before we start, we need to have a 3D model file. Here is a 3D T-rex model and it's texture we're going to use for this tutorial. You can preview them in FBX Review.

If you want to use 3D models that you prefer that's totally fine, just keep in mind it has to be one of the following file formats:

  • OBJ
  • FBX
  • Collada(.dae)
  • X3D
  • All formats supported by Assimp

How to load 3D models

The first step of loading a 3D model into your VR app is to place it correctly. Please make sure to copy the files to the following path.

  1. Copy trex_mesh.fbx into app/src/main/assets
  2. Copy trex_tex_diffuse into app/src/main/assets

After copying the 3D model files, we can use GVRAssetLoader class to load them, it is accessible from the context by calling GVRContext.getAssetLoader()

Using the following code to load the fbx file and texture

GVRMesh dinoMesh = gvrContext.getAssetLoader().loadMesh(new GVRAndroidResource(gvrContext, "trex_mesh.fbx"));
GVRTexture dinoTexture = gvrContext.getAssetLoader().loadTexture(new GVRAndroidResource(gvrContext, "trex_tex_diffuse.png"));


Loading methods have Future in its API such as loadFutureTexture is deprecated

After 3D model and texture both loaded, we can add them to the scene with a scene object

    GVRSceneObject dinoObj = new GVRSceneObject(gvrContext, dinoMesh, dinoTexture);

    dinoObj.getTransform().rotateByAxis(-90, 1f, 0f, 0f);


We create GVRSceneObject instead of use AssetLoader.loadModel() because loadModel() require fbx files to have correct path to texture file which a lot of 3D modeling software failed to produce.


You might need to rotate the model differently if you're using other models.

Build and run the app, you should be able to see a T-Rex!

Work with 3D modeling tools

Fbx is the recommended format for the GearVR framework. Currently, all major 3D modeling tools support exporting to FBX format.

Source Code

Complete Source Code for this sample