Shapeways has been an avid supporter of X3D file format. And although X3D has been successful in some areas, it was as a standard file format not very successful. In my opinion, X3D always lacked a delivery mechanism. The birth of WebGL and X3DOM is finally creating the delivery platform.
Somebody wrote to me:
So the strangest this just happened. I tried to goto a Web3D Medical BOF. It has 25 people waiting outside and I can’t even get into the room. That’s not happened since the .dotcom days. Nice to see.
Indeed nice to see!
X3DOM organized a X3D/HTML & WebGL BoF session, and all 120 seats were taken. All the technologies to get 3D on the web are getting more mind share of developers. I hope that this, finally, brings 3D to the web. It is one of the last things not properly support by the web.
In short, 3D on the web is gaining traction. We have WebGL to thank for that.