Insert 3D model to PowerPoint

How to insert a 3D Model in PowerPoint and make it perform well at small filesize

June 24, 2024

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Adding your own 3D model or a 3D model from the Microsoft online library to your PowerPoint presentation is child's play. However, this is not always the best result in terms of performance and file sizes, or it is not in the correct file format

In this guide, we therefore explain not only how to insert your 3D model into a PowerPoint presentation, but also how to make it small, performant and convert it to the right file formats. This is just as easy and can be done with just a few clicks! The Microsoft PowerPoint recommendations are always adhered to.

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How to insert a 3D model to PowerPoint

It is pretty easy to insert a 3D model from your local files into PowerPoint. On the Insert tab at the top, select 3D Models and then From Device... You can use the standard controls to manipulate the 3D model once it's inserted.

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Microsoft PowerPoint supports the upload of the following 3D File Formats:

  • GLB 
  • FBX 
  • OBJ 
  • PLY 
  • STL 
  • 3MF
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3D Content Guidelines for PowerPoint

Besides the supported 3D File Formats, Microsoft provides 3D Content Guidelines to achieve best visual quality. The limits for triangles, textures, texture resolution and draw calls are listed in the following table.

3D content targets for Microsoft PowerPoint to achieve best visual quality

 Low EndMid-RangeHigh-End
Max. triangles25k40k60k
Max. textures5912
Max. texture resolution512x5122048x20484096x4096
Average texture resolution256x2561024x10242048x2048
Max. Draw Calls468

Read more: 3D Content Guidelines for Microsoft PowerPoint

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How to make your 3D model small and performant for PowerPoint using RapidPipeline

How to achieve the best visual quality in 6 simple steps:

  1. Sign up to RapidPipeline 
  2. Go to "Assets" and upload your 3D model 
  3. Make sure that the model you want to optimize is selected and click "Run 3D Processor"
  4. Choose the preset "Office 3D Mid Res" for a balance of fidelity and performance.
  5. Download optimized model as GLB 
  6. Insert into PowerPoint

Read more: 3D optimization and how to use it in 3 simple steps

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