I’ve been dipping into various bits of 3D over the past couple of months:

  • Compositing models into videos for How a Car Works using Adobe After Effects and the Element3D plugin (super fast renders).
  • Playing with the HTC Vive VR headset
  • Relearning and modeling extensively with Blender
  • And now I’m exploring A-Frame which is a javascript library that lets you create VR experiences in the browser.

A couple of years ago I made some simple 3D content for How a Car Works and it was sluggish on any desktop, and unusable on a mobile device. Now I’m looking at a scene which is highly responsive on an iPhone 7 - and likely to get more so.

I’m not sure that VR headsets are going to be anything but a fad, but I think that 3D content is going to be widespread on the web shortly.