Add a 3D model from the 3D toolkit to a step in the Dynamics 365 Guides PC app

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Guides includes a library of predefined 3D objects that are optimized to work perfectly with HoloLens. The 3D toolkit includes markers, arrows, hands, numbers, symbols, zones, and generic tools. The following illustration shows an example where holographic numbers, arrows, and zones are used to help operators complete a step.

Example of holographic numbers, arrows, and zones.

You can mix and match different types of 3D models. You can also use the same object (instance) as many times as you want in a step.


Some 3D toolkit items have built-in animations that you can turn on or off. Learn more about animation options

To add a model from the 3D toolkit, follow these steps.

  1. On the right side of the page, select the 3D toolkit tab, and then select the category for the type of item that you want to add.

    3D toolkit tab.

  2. Drag the 3D model that you want to one of the 3D parts boxes.

    Dragging a 3D model to a 3D parts box.

  3. To preview the model, select (click or double-click) the model in the Library.

    Properties tab for previewing image, video, or 3D model.

    The image and its properties are displayed on the right side of the screen.


You can also add 3D models from the 3D toolkit directly in the HoloLens app.

Best practices for the 3D toolkit

  • Use pointers to communicate simple spatial information, such as position, direction, and translation. You can adjust the size of the pointer, but you should never reduce it below 1 cm. Otherwise, errors can occur.

  • Use the arrow when you want the operator to insert a part into something stationary (for example, to hand-tighten a bolt into a tapped hole).

  • Use one of the hand poses when you want the operator to use their hand in a specific way to influence or manipulate something. There are various poses for specific interactions, such as Pull, Push, Pinch, and Grab. Combine these standard poses with arrows and/or icons to add additional meaning.

  • You can preview the image or video on the right side of the screen by selecting it (click or double-click) in the Library.

For more information about ways to use objects from the 3D toolkit, see Create a great guide.

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