PyTorch 3D: Digging Deeper in Deep Learning

PyTorch 3D: Digging Deeper in Deep Learning
Nov 05, 2020

Facebook is easing 3D deep learning woes, one solution at a time. Last year, it announced Mesh R-CNN, a system that could render 3D objects from 2D shapes, and this year it has unveiled PyTorch3D.

3D Deep Learning has been a relatively unexplored field. Two factors have defined its undergrown precincts:

  • Shortage of right tools and resources blocking research in 3D learning

  • 3D data inputs becoming more complex with growing computation and memory requirements. Conventional methods could not give apt solutions.

PyTorch3D fulfills the above two shortages. It is an optimized and highly modular library.

In the words of GitHub:

“PyTorch3D provides efficient, reusable components for 3D Computer Vision research with PyTorch.”

3D Deep Learning with PyTorch3D is way easier and faster than conventional methods, and many AI innovators and researchers are rooting for it.


PyTorch3D combines 3D objects and Deep Learning.

It can do 3D reconstruction, 3D reasoning, and bundle adjustment.

Its key features include:

  • Data structure to store and manipulate triangle meshes

  • Outstanding performance on triangle meshes (projective transformations, sampling, graph convolution, and loss functions)

  • A differentiated mesh renderer

Stating the benefits of the library, Nikhila Ravi, Facebook AI Research (FAIR) engineer said: “With PyTorch3D, researchers can input all these functions and use them with the existing deep learning system in PyTorch. It greatly reduces the time needed to work on 3D planning research, which requires a lot of expertise to get started, and we want to try and reduce that ramp-up time.”


PyTorch3D is designed to blend smoothly with deep learning methods.

All operators in PyTorch3D:

  • Use PyTorch tensors

  • Can use GPUs for speed

  • Can handle minibatches of heterogeneous data

  • Can be differentiated

PyTorch3D can make up a 3D object by using meshes that enable the interoperability of faces and vertices. It can also use a patch tensor to disintegrate vertices for meshes in a batch.

Its functions help in handling 3D transformations and rotations and assist in the development of C3DPO, a new method for learning associations between 3D shapes and images from the training data.


Use PyTorch3D with GPU support to get all features.

To install, run:

To develop on top of PyTorch3D or to contribute, you will need to run linter and tests.

For doc tutorials, you will need matplotlib.

To install matplotlib and black, scikit-image, flake8, tdqm, isort, jupyter, plotly and imageio, run:


AI enthusiasts have been posting outstanding outputs from PyTorch3D. Take a look:


The introduction of PyTorch3D is a breakthrough for AI research and will pave way for many discoveries.

It will also aid in addressing AI challenges like enabling autonomous vehicles to understand the location of surrounding objects or robotic grasping.

How do you plan to use it?

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