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How to use the Remix 3D community in the Paint 3D app on Windows 10

Microsoft showed off some impressive mixed reality demonstrations at Build 2017, one of which included 3D models being worked into videos and projects in the upcoming Story Remix app. While the app isn't arriving until the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, you can still get a taste of the Remix 3D community through the Paint 3D app.

There is already a ton of 3D models available, and you can even upload your own models to the collection. Here's how to get the most out this awesome community!

How to browse and add 3D models from the Remix 3D community

First, you want to have a look at all the 3D models available from the community. From here you can add models to your project, whether new or ongoing.

  1. Launch Paint 3D from the Start menu, desktop, or taskbar.
  2. Click the 3D objects button near the top of the window.

  1. Click Get more models.
  2. Click Sign in.

  1. Click the account you want to use.
  2. Click Continue.

  1. Click the dropdown arrow next to Staff picks.
  2. Click Community.

  1. Click a community board.
  2. Click the Place in project button below a model you'd like to add. It looks like an arrow pointing down.If you have a specific model in mind, you can also search for it.

  1. Click the Search Remix 3D field.
  2. Type a keyword and hit Enter on your keyboard.
  3. Click the Place in project button below a model you'd like to add. It looks like an arrow pointing down. The 3D model will now be added to your project. From here you can edit it all you want.

How to add your own 3D model to the Remix 3D community

The whole idea of the Remix 3D community is to allow users to upload their own creations for others to use. Whether it's a model you created from scratch, or it's an existing model that's been modified — aka remixed — here's how to upload your creation to the Remix 3D community for others to use.

  1. Click the Expand menu button. It looks like a folder and is located in the top-left corner of the window.
  2. Click FBX.

  1. Type a filename
  2. Click Save.

  1. Click the Remix 3D button near the top of the window.
  2. Click the Upload button. It looks like an arrow pointing up.

  1. Click a background color.
  2. Click and drag the sun button around the Light wheel to change the lighting.

  1. Click Next.
  2. Click the Name field.

  1. Type a name for the 3D object.
  2. Click the Description field.

  1. Type a description for the 3D object.
  2. Click the Tags field.

  1. Type a tag for the 3D object.
  2. Click the Add tag button. You can repeat steps 14-16 for up to 15 tags.

  1. Click Upload.
  2. Click View model or Close.

How to see your collection of 3D models and how to create your own board in the Remix 3D community

Boards in the Remix 3D community are sort of like a bookmarks folder. You can create your own boards to help keep all of your models organized.

  1. Launch Paint 3D from the Start menu, desktop, or taskbar.
  2. Click the Remix 3D button near the top of the window.
  3. Click the My stuff button near the top of the pane. Here you can see your models that you've uploaded.

  1. Click the dropdown arrow next to Models.
  2. Click Boards.

  1. Click New board.
  2. Click the Name field.

  1. Type a name for the board.
  2. Click the Description field.

  1. Type a description for the board.
  2. Click a Privacy option.

  1. Click the Tags field.
  2. Type a tag

  1. Click the Add tag button.
  2. Click Save.

How to add 3D models to a board in the Remix 3D community

Now that you have a board, you can add any models you find to it.

  1. Launch Paint 3D from the Start menu, desktop, or taskbar.
  2. Click the Remix 3D button near the top of the window.
  3. Click the Add to boards button on a 3D model. It looks like a +.

  1. Click a board.
  2. Click Add.

You can now find the model on the board you save it to.

Cale Hunt
Cale Hunt

Cale Hunt is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on laptop reviews, news, and accessory coverage. He's been reviewing laptops and accessories full time since 2016, with hundreds of reviews published for Windows Central. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.

6 Comments
  • It's frustrating that Remix 3D is not accessible in the Philippines and other countries. :(
  • Should be as it's part of the Creators Update
  • If it was I wouldn't have commented that I can't access it. I assumed that it will be available to everyone with the Creators Update. Paint 3D is included, but access to Remix 3D is not. Each time I try to sign in, I get an error saying: Your MIcrosoft Account may be in an unsupported location. I already spent hours speaking with Microsoft support agents who were able to confirm that it's not yet supported in my region. No word yet on when it will be widely available.
  • Same here in Czech Republic, I can browse the remix3d.com web but whenever I want to use anything > Remix in Paint 3D, the app launches, creates new project but than it says it's not possible to load the model and to try again. Also the 'Get more models' option inside the app is missing :-/
  • It's a good thing you can browse the website. I can't even get to anything. :(  
  • I guess that a feature that needs such a long instructions will never get popular among "normal" pc users.