Autodesk’s LMV

So Autodesk is making a strong push to move it’s business into the cloud. The initiative is being presented through the Forge platform.

There’s a lot to be said about Autodesk Forge platform, and there are some other sites that touch on it, so I won’t go into detail in here.

Forge slogan

Now, the Forge platform is aimed at 3rd party developers building on top of Autodesk’s infrastructure. Developers can get resources from Autodesk’s developer portal.

One of the really great features in Autodesk’s Forge infrastructure is the View and Data Api. Essentially, it allows for any Autodesk file format to be uploaded and viewed online in a browser through an Autodesk WebGL viewer.

That means that any WebGL compatible browser, even in mobile devices, can be used to view and navigate through complex 3d and 2d model data, created in programs such as Civil3d, Revit, Fusion 360 and many others.

With this technology, there is no longer a need to install native desktop applications to view these files; you need only a browser to access and view all the data!

Being able to view these files has never been this easy.

And the platform will only keep getting better. 3rd party developers will play a key role in enriching the ecosystem.


So why is this article title Autodesk’s LMV?

Well, LMV is the code name for Autodesk’s WebGL online viewing technology.

3d model viewed using LMV. From

It stands for Large Model Viewer. A misleading title because it can also render Small and Medium sized models as well.

In future posts we’ll be going more in-depth into what LMV has to offer.

To get a feel out of it now, please check out, a sample site showcasing a bunch of LMV’s capabilities.