We are thrilled to be launching the public beta of Mattercraft, a brand new creative tool for building rich 3D experiences for the web, including AR, VR and WebXR. Mattercraft is the culmination of our 12+ years of experience creating best-in-class tooling for AR/VR/MR and is a fully integrated, browser-based 3D content development environment designed from the ground up for building interactive experiences for the web.
The current feature set includes:
- Instant Live Preview
- 3D Support including dynamic lighting and shadows
- Animated models, including skeleton animation, blend shapes and morph targets
- Timeline and Animations, including fully custom interpolations supported with a curve editor
- Seamless Scripting
- Code-free Interactivity
- 3D Text
- WebXR support for headsets, including Meta Quest and Zapbox
- Light... and Dark Mode
Check out our beta launch demo below:
Who is Mattercraft for?
With Mattercraft we’ve tried to combine the best bits of front-end web development, 3D games engines like Unity as well our own AR-first content creation tools. So, you’ll feel right at home if you’re a web or games developer or indeed an existing user of our own Zapworks Studio tool.
For Web Developers
Mattercraft is a powerful tool for web developers creating WebXR and AR experiences. With its package manager you can effortlessly install, update and manage code dependencies as well as collaborating with multiple developers to maintain productivity while synchronizing the latest project file. With Mattercraft, you can also leverage the exposed CSS to speed up your workflow and make global changes to multiple elements across your content. On top of this, Live Preview makes it even easier to preview and debug your projects in the browser, or on your mobile device in realtime as you make changes, enabling faster content creation and deployment.
For Unity Developers
Existing Zapworks Studio Users
The Mattercraft beta
As of now, Mattercraft is in a “closed beta” phase, and we are excited to invite you to join us on this new journey. The functionality Mattercraft offers is in line with Zapworks Studio, so if you’re familiar with Studio, then you should feel at home in Mattercraft. That being said, with Mattercraft’s whole suite of new and improved features there's plenty of new things to try out.
Using Mattercraft for live projects
While we encourage you to explore the capabilities of Mattercraft, we must emphasize that it is currently not recommended for use in live projects or client work. The closed beta phase is intended for experimentation, learning, and testing. However, if you find yourself needing to use Mattercraft for such purposes, please don't hesitate to reach out to us on Discord. We are here to assist you and provide any necessary support.
Your feedback is crucial in shaping the future of this tool, making it even more powerful and user-friendly. We kindly request and eagerly anticipate your input through our dedicated Discord channel. Share your thoughts, suggest features, and report any bugs you encounter. Your participation will contribute to the refinement and growth of Mattercraft.
Join the Mattercraft Discord here
We really appreciate your time during this phase of Mattercraft. Together, we are hoping to shape the future of 3D web experiences and unleash the full potential of Mattercraft. Thank you for being a part of this exciting journey. Let's create something extraordinary!
Co-founder and CTO, Zappar