Learn the Fundamentals

NVIDIA Omniverse™ USD Explorer is an Omniverse foundation application. Intended as a software development foundation for custom applications and extensions, it comes equipped with standard functions that allow you to assemble, navigate and review large industrial datasets like factories and warehouses with data from various 3D applications.


To find relevant applications, connectors and sample file used in this guide:

  1. Open up the Omniverse Launcher App.

  2. Find the content pack under the Data Aggregation Collection. It’s titled The USD Explorer Sample 3D Models pack.

you can also access the sample file if you:

  1. Open the USD Explorer App.

  2. Navigate to the Examples Browser and open the Factory.USD file.

Before you get started with aggregating your data and preparing it for review, take a moment to familiarize yourself with the user interface of Omniverse USD Explorer and understand the two user modes: Review and Layout.

User Modes

  • Review Mode is intended for users who need to navigate large scenes in order to review, markup and analyze industrial facilities. By default, your scene will open in Review Mode with a simplified interface that allows you to focus on the scene. This is where you will find navigation functions like Orbit and Teleport, as well as annotation tools including Markup, Waypoint, Measure, Section and Screenshot.

  • Layout Mode is designed for power users who assemble large scenes, execute changes, layout and optimize the space. The interface in Layout Mode offers many powerful options , with more extensions exposed to enable users to assemble and aggregate data, import from various sources, and add assets and materials.


Learn More about USD Explorer’s UI and User Modes here.

Next Steps: Learn how to aggregate your data through connect & import workflows.