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Managing Data and Media in Microsoft Silverlight 4: A mashup of chapters from Packt's bestselling Silverlight books by Todd Snyder, Kevin Dockx, Gill Cleeren, Gastón C. Hillar

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Silverlight and the 3D world

So far, we have been adding 3D models to an XBAP WPF application. We exported the models from Blender and 3D Studio Max and we were able to include them in a 3D scene. However, we want to do this using Silverlight, which does not have official support for 3D XAML models. How can we create 3D scenes using real-time rendering in Silverlight 3?

We can do this using a 3D graphics engine designed to add software based real-time rendering capabilities to Silverlight. We have two excellent open source alternatives for this goal:

  • Kit3D (http://www.codeplex.com/Kit3D). It is developed by Mark Dawson. Matches the System.Windows.Media.Media3D namespace from WPF. It offers a subset of WPF 3D capabilities and it offers a very fast ...

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