How to add 3D models into PowerPoint presentations

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Learn how to insert this 3D models into PowerPoint presentations

If it is now time for you to prepare a mid-term school project or applications for college admission, it makes sense to use inventive design concepts which are eye-catching and can set you apart. 

Designing a great presentation is not easy, but it is fun. The main objective is to give the intended audience the information they need. But this can also be done in a way that is creative and entertaining. The success of any presentation ultimately lies in how well you communicate facts and ideas. However, good design can make a big difference, helping a project or application to really stand out and making everything easier to understand.  

In the case of an architectural design presentation, millions of dollars may hinge on the outcome. Potential clients expect to be impressed and they will be paying close attention to the overall appearance of the presentation and the details.

3D modelling can make your school projects look really cool; here's a sneak peek of how to it works

Using 3D models can give you an advantage – and it doesn’t require any modelling software. It is an easy-to-use method allowing you to give a more complete view of all the design elements involved. Let’s start by doing one here!

Step 1 : Create a new file 

Install Powerpoint 365 (online version) or Powerpoint 2016 on your computer. Then select “New” file from a template you like to work with.

Select “New” file.
Create a new file with the template selected.
Save your new file on to your computer with a new file name.

Step 2 : Insert your 3D model (or find a free one to insert)

Delete the default text boxes.
Select “Insert” from the top menu bar.
Go to “3D Models” on the sub-menu bar and select “From a file”.
Go to the directory where your own model is saved and press “insert”. You will see a list of acceptable formats for 3D models here, such as .stl/ .3mf/ .obj. etc.
Your model will be inserted and fitted into the page.

If you do not have a 3D model or simply want to spice up your slides with a rotating globe, you can still make use of some free 3D models available online. Microsoft provides a number of these 3D resources. This is how you can do it:

Create a new slide.
Click “From Online Sources” under the “3D model” sub-menu.
You will find a list of the available online 3D models. Some of these models are animated. Pick one that suits you best.
Select the one you need and press “Insert”.

Step 3: Resizing and adjusting the model

If your model needs adjusting, put your cursor over the central white icon of “orbit” and drag your mouse to orbit your 3D model.
You may also want to resize the model as it appears by dragging the white dots along the outline.
When you are done, add a description or title for your model.

That’s it! By following those steps your presentation can be improved with 3D models. If you have some other great ideas on how to put these techniques to good use, you are welcome to email your PowerPoint to [email protected]. We will select a few creative examples and post them on our websites for the world to see!

Edited by John Cremer

(Disclaimer: Neither My Archischool nor our staff have any commercial relationship in any form with Microsoft or their authorised dealers.)

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