AR core with glb/gltf model using Sceneform


The 3D model can in the form of GLB or GLTF format and these 3D models can be loaded at runtime without conversion. Which is an improvement in the flexibility of the models rendered in the application.

In this blog, we will be using the GLB format because the GLTF model is dependent on there .bin file which has to be saved with its corresponding file but a GLB file contains a 3D model saved in the GL Transmission Format (glTF). It stores information about a 3D model, such as node hierarchy, cameras, and materials, animations, and meshes in binary format. GLB files are the binary version of .gltf files.

Some important links for the AR model

1:Conversion from .gltf to .glb online :

Copy all the files from the model(.gltf and .bin file) and drag on this link: Click here

2: Conversion from .obj to .glb offline using node.js:   Click here

3: To get the sample models: Click here

Let’s get it into code

1. In your project build.gradle dependencies:

2. In your app build.gradle dependencies:

3. In the Android Manifest.xml file:

3. Adding ar code on the MainActivity.kt file:

4. Let’s add the scene form ArFragment on the layout code of activity_ar.xml code:

Now you just have to pass the .glb/.gltf model URL on the “arModel” string. Now just run your app.

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That’s it from my side for today, thanks for reading it until now.

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  • Preeti
    Project is not completly uploaded. Some classes and other things also missed.
    • Deepak Rawat (Moderator)
      Can you please share the classes that are missing and errors you are facing.
  • iulia
    Very useful tutorial! Thanks. One question. My 3D model also has an animation which is not shown, I only see the 3D model. Do you happen to know what else needs to be configured to see the animation?
    • anchit (Moderator)


      Firstly, it depends on how you have imported the 3d model.

      If you are seeing only the 3D model, then most probably the animations were not added in the glb/gltf file.

      To make sure that your gltf file is proper and has animations while importing, open the gltf file in text editor and then check for the tag named “animations”.

      If this tag is present, then you need to check the android end code further.

      Supposedly, your glb/gltf file is correct and upto the mark, then in the android code you will need to get access to animation that you want to run by calling getAnimationData Function on your ModelRenderable object.

      Now you will need to create an instance of ModelAnimator and pass both animationObject and Renderable object as arguments to the constructor of ModelAnimator.

      Now you need to call the start function over ModelAnimator object and it should work.

      Still if you face any issue, then please feel free to reply back over here.

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