AC3DImporting into Second Life

Building from a Box – Second Life CAD

By December 26, 2007 No Comments

As its Boxing Day (a public holiday celebrated in the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand and Australia and many other members of the Commonwealth of Nations on December 26) we thought it would be timely to look at creating a building from a box in second life.

Thankfully the process is simple using AC3D to model and then export to second life. We had a similar script running from SketchUp but as they both only import boxes we assumed you were better off building direct (perhaps we were wrong as the movie below illustrates the potential):

The AC3D Second Life box export plugin works by generating a second life box prim for each object in the AC3D world. You can either make boxes in AC3D, or if you just want flat rectangles, you can simply make AC3D rectangles. You can use whatever shapes you like in AC3D e.g. spheres etc. but everything will appear in SL as boxes.

Take a look at AC3D for more details and Happy Boxing Day 🙂


Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.