Major tech companies join forces for open 3D standard

Major tech companies join forces for open 3D standard

Pixar, Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, and Nvidia form an alliance for OpenUSD to promote the format as an open 3D standard.

Five leading technology companies have formed an alliance to promote open standards for 3D content. Pixar, Adobe, Apple, Autodesk and Nvidia, along with The Linux Foundation, announced the formation of the Alliance for OpenUSD (AOUSD).

The goal of the alliance is to improve interoperability in the 3D ecosystem by advancing the Open Universal Scene Description (OpenUSD). OpenUSD is a 3D scene description technology developed by Pixar and described by Nvidia and others as the "HTML of the metaverse".

The alliance aims to develop written specifications for OpenUSD to increase compatibility and adoption. The Linux Foundation has been selected to host the project.

Open collaboration for 3D innovation

According to Pixar CTO Steve May, OpenUSD already enables robust interoperability between tools, data and workflows. The goal of the alliance is to establish this technology as a global standard.

Alliance members aim to make OpenUSD accessible to a wide range of industries and applications. Open collaboration is expected to expand the possibilities of 3D, including digital twins, the 3D Web, and augmented reality.


OpenUSD receives broad support

In addition to the five founding members, other well-known companies have already signaled their support for AOUSD.

General members include Epic Games, IKEA, Academy Software Foundation, Khronos Group, Unity, Foundry, SideFX, and Cesium.

The Alliance invites other companies to join and help shape the future of OpenUSD. More information can be found on the AOUSD website.