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3D Annotations & AR/VR with Sketchfab

This guide introduces Sketchfab as a way to publish, share, and annotate your 3D models.

Sketchfab Resources

Sketchfab is a popular application with robust user community and user documentation. For more information about using Sketchfab, including its more advanced and customizable features, check out: 

 

The Sketchfab Help Center

Sketchfab's official Help Center includes in-depth tutorials with screen shots on all Sketchfab features. 


The Sketchfab Blog

Looking for ideas? Sketchfab's blog features tutorials and use cases from both Sketchfab staff and the user community. It often includes topics and features relevant to Sketchfab's functionality, including ways to use different 3D modeling software, new Sketchfab features, 3D modeling challenges, and art spotlight series. 


Sketchfab in Museums & Education

If you have a chance, explore Sketchfab's collection of users' work by browser or keyword. You'll find many museums and other institutional accounts. When you have an account, you can "like" and create collections of others' models, as well as follow your favorite creators. 

The British Museum is a popular account that features 3D models of its collection (often downloadable and reusable under creative commons licensing).

Thomas Flynn is the Cultural Heritage Lead at Sketchfab, and his account features interesting projects and methods he's trying out. He also publishes a weekly Top 10 of new cultural heritage models added to the site. You can read his chapter "What Happens When You Share 3D Models Online (In 3D)?" from page 73 to 86 in 3D/VR in the Academic Library: Emerging Practices and Trends.

Resources through Union

Union College has a range of services, spaces, equipment, and expertise related to creating and sharing 3D works. If you're not sure what you're looking for, reach out and we'll get you to the right place!

 

The Union College MakerWeb

Keep an eye out for more 3D/VR programming, tutorials, and experiences through Union College's MakerWeb, which includes the Imagine Lab and 3D Print Lab. You can view their Sketchfab Tutorial on their website.


LinkedIn Learning

Want to learn more about 3D modeling and rendering in general? Check out Union College's LinkedIn Learning account for tutorials on a range of different software, including Tinkercad, Blender, Maya, and more.