Teach with 3D Content

Finding, using, and generating new dimensions of content for teaching.

What is 3D Content?

3D data and technologies offer realistic access to primary source material — the things themselves. All real-world objects are candidates for digital reproduction and curricular integration.

Will 3D Content Benefit Your Course?

Teaching that uses artifacts, specimens, and anatomical structures can benefit from 3D content. 3D models offer new ways to engage with materials using features like cutaway visualization, surface curvature measurement, and multispectral analysis.

Sample projects

Coffin of Ankh-Khonsu by Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East using Sketchfab

Finding 3D Content

Harvard Library offers a gallery of 3D learning objects from Harvard Library collections and beyond in SketchFab.

Harvard Library 3D models

Large-scale 3D scan of Widener Library Explore Widener

Additional places for free 3D content

Printing 3D objects

Thinking about using 3D objects in your classes? We offer a 3D scanning as a service and welcome your suggestions for potential projects.

For Faculty and Teaching Fellows

Using industry-standard scanning techniques, our team can rapidly create interactive digital surrogates of artifacts and specimens held in our collections. In addition to scanning new items, we can help you integrate existing 3D content within your course. 

There’s no limit to what can be produced using contemporary scanning techniques, and objects ranging from the very small to entire buildings can be digitized and integrated within a course syllabus, or deployed in a multi-user environment for shared exploration.

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