Designing 3D printable models for clients has it challenges, especially when communication is done via the web. Clients may want to manipulate a digital design in three dimensions before giving final approval, but with such a diverse range of modeling tools in the marketplace, it can be difficult to ensure that they have the proper software to view the models successfully.

Photos can help, but even with multiple-angled views still images are not enough to convey what an object will look like when printed. There are benefits to using video as well, but producing animated videos for client approval can be a time consuming process. The best solution would be a web-based app that allows artists and clients to examine 3D models in a virtual workspace. There are some solutions out there and if you are looking for a hassle-free way to collaborate while showcasing your 3D printable designs, is an option to explore.

Not your typical 3D viewer, Verold offers an interesting alternative to Thingiverse and Sketchfab by incorporating the 3D navigation and viewing capabilities one would find in a high-end 3D modeling package. Like Maya and Blender, Verold offers a range of options for viewing geometry (wireframe, flat shaded, normal, and UV modes), the capability to have multiple objects in one scene, support for importing animation, and the ability to manipulate a variety of lighting parameters.

Verold also enables multiple artists and clients to work on one scene simultaneously – allowing them to remotely communicate design changes in real-time. In addition, Verold can be incorporated into Google Hangouts, making it even easier to convey design changes to clients who are technologically challenged.

Developed by Ross McKegney and his team in Toronto, Verold's open-collaboration tools and 3D viewing capabilities make it an ideal solution to ensure models look right before they are printed. Unlike other costly, big-brand modeling packages and freely-available downloadable applications, Verold operates directly in the browser – there is no need for plugins or extensions. Verold uses HTML5, WebGl, and javascript to create highly immersive 3D environments that can serve a range of purposes for ambitious artists.

Verold was developed because Mr. McKegney believes that the future of the web is beyond the capability of current tools. Some of the functionality in Verold was born from McKegney's work in creating Qremesher for Pixologic's Zbrush. Qremesher is the ground breaking tool that enables highly-detailed models to be reduced in size with no loss in topology. Qremesher is now known as Zremesher and has enabled Zbrush artists worldwide to create intricately detailed yet manageable CG models for animation and 3D printing.

Since Verold was also designed to utilize the untapped potential of HTML5 and WebGl it can be easily customized by inventive programmers who wish to push the application further. Verold is integrated with to openly encourage future development. Underlying its many functions is an open architecture that allows developers to incorporate Verold's immersive 3D viewer into rich interactive applications that could benefit workflows for 3D printing.

Ultimately Verold is meant to be a publishing platform, and since Verold already enables open collaboration, eager entrepreneurs may find it to be the perfect tool to build 3D printing's next killer app.

If you're a modeler looking to showcase your latest 3D printable designs or a programmer interested in developing a new in-browser app for 3D printing,Verold is a tool that shouldn't be ignored.