How to use 3D models to bring your next presentation to life

The evolution of graphics in PowerPoint

We’ve come a long way since Microsoft clip art was considered innovative.

Remember these good (bad) old days?

Microsoft scrapped its image library in 2014 after steady declining usage (is it any wonder?).

Today, Microsoft integrates Bing into its programs for image searches, and has provided users with two additional alternatives to add art: icons and…

Wait a minute … two?

That’s right. Microsoft now allows users to insert icons and 3D models into their PowerPoint presentations. Word and Excel also support the new feature.

7 reasons we’re excited about Microsoft 3D modelling

1. It’s easy
Just as easy as inserting a photo. Read on to see how to insert a 3D model into a PowerPoint presentation.

2. It’s accessible
To start using Microsoft 3D modelling, all you need is the latest edition of Microsoft Office 365.

3. It’s fun
There’s something fascinating and almost child-like about manipulating a 3D model on a screen.

4. It’s simple
You can achieve professional, in-depth demonstrations by using the same 3D image. All you have to do is copy the slide and reposition it to get a different angle view.

5. It’s free
Microsoft facilitates a massive FREE library of 3D models via Remix 3D. Now if we can just think of a way to incorporate a sloth into our next presentation…

6. It’s fancy
Thanks to the new PowerPoint transition type, Morph, you can create a cinematic effect when clicking between slides.

7. It’s enhancing
The enticing graphics and interactive elements of the Microsoft 3D modelling tool allows you to take your audience’s experience of your presentation experience for your audience to a whole new level.

So, why should you use this new tool in PowerPoint and how do you use it (and use it well)?

Why you should start using 3D modelling

3D models make concepts easier to understand

The new 3D modelling tool is perfect for showing off key projects, products details and new concepts.

Used strategically, 3D models can take the theories of your ideas and put them physically in front of your audience, meaning they will be able to get a feel for your concept and develop an emotional response to it, without actually touching it.

What does this mean for you?

Giving your audience a better visual understanding of your concept or product means you will be able to identify problems easier, create a smoother process for your clients and achieve project sign-off quicker.

3D models can bring your projects to life

The ability to provide your clients with a realistic and interactive experience of your project will transcend the noise of your competitors and make your presentation, product or service stand out.

Allowing you to rotate, tilt and zoom in on the models across a full 360 degrees, 3D models provide your audience with a realistic depiction of your concept compared to photos or ordinary illustrations, and invite viewers to engage with them.

Want to see an interactive demonstration of prosthodontics and how it works? Done. Want to get a feel for what the reception level of your newest development in your CBD skyline will look like? Rotate and zoom away.

What do you need

To start using Microsofts new 3D modelling tool you will need:

1. Microsoft 365
Office 365 is a cloud-based paid subscription service that brings together all of Microsoft’s apps.
Prices start at $99/year.

2. A 3D model
This can either be created by you in a programme such as Paint 3D or downloaded from an online source such as, an online community and catalogue of 3D content.

How to incorporate 3D models into your next Powerpoint?

Step 1. Open up your presentation in Powerpoint.

Step 2. Insert the 3D model you would like to use by going to Ribbon > Insert >3D Models. Either add a model you’ve created in Paint 3D or grab one from

Step 3: Once inserted, use the controls to manipulate the model until it is positioned in the angle you want.

Step 4: To add animation, first duplicate your slide and reposition your model to the next view you’d like to highlight.

Step 5: Finally, use the new Morph transition to animate your 3D object by shifting perspective seamlessly across all your slides (full article on Microsoft blog).

What if you don’t have Microsoft 365?

If you don’t have Microsoft 365, you can either pay to upgrade to that package, work with a designer who has access to 3D modeling software or wait until this feature is rolled out to all of Microsoft’s products.

Need a hand?

Want to get started with 3D Modelling but need some extra help? We have an expert team of creative specialists ready to work with you to make your presentations shine.

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