How do you make a 3D object move?

3D animations: A complete guide to the basics.

how to move 3d objects

The modern world is fueled by technology that is revolutionizing every aspect of our life. At the center of this change is a more realistic form of visualization known as 3D. Yet, the three-dimensional subject can be intimidating to new users. Thus, we will break down for you the easy route to learn how to manipulate 3D assets and animate them.

3D objects have particular spatial properties. They are composed of multiple vertices also known as points that become edges when they're linked together. An ensemble of edges constitutes a face which in its turn forms the 3D object. Yet 3D models are not a statistic format but rather a dynamic one that can be animated and moved around.

We will start by discovering the simple manipulations that lay the foundations for more complex maneuverings.

The different movements to apply to 3D objects

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The first 3D animation you can perform is moving the objects around. You can change their positioning along the three axis X, Y and Z. In fact, the default position when you add a 3D object is (0,0,0) so you just have to tweak one or more of these numbers to change the placement of the object or having it move from the initial to the final point.

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You can also make your objects spin. 3D models entirely or even subparts can be rotated along the different axis. This gives you the ability to make objects move around themselves in whichever angle you deem necessary to obtain the needed scene. For example, you can use it to showcase products from different angles.

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The third basic manipulation is scaling. You have the ability to tweak the size of the object by either increasing or decreasing it. This will allow users to put emphasis on particular objects or let others blend in the background of the scene.

These different manipulations are basic enough, yet they may allow you to create and animate different scenes for various use cases from preparing presentations to showcasing products and their assembly process.

Using Third Design you can create 3D animations using rotate, position, and scale movements. Thus, let’s discover how to best do it.

Make 3D objects move around using Third Design

Move 3D objects

Create your account

If you are a new member, you can register using your email account or directly with Google or Facebook. If you are already a member all you have to do is log in.

Add 3D object

Upload your model

To add a 3D model, click on the “add 3D” button and choose from the options of uploading your own model or choosing one from our library.

Position 3D object

Create an Animation Sequence

  • Add an animation snapshot using the (+) button
  • Add the position effect
  • Add a rotation animation
  • Add a scaling animation
  • You can rename your animation section or delete it
  • You can select whether to move the entire model or just a subpart
  • If you feel stuck in a particular part, you can use the help button to observe what to do.
  • You can also duplicate, hide, or delete models that you added

Publish  3D object

Publish and share the scene

To publish your model, click on the publish button and choose name, description, and status (private or public) You can share the project by copying the generated link.

Download 3D object

Download the scene

Choose the final version you want to have whether it’s a 3D model, video, image, or GIF, and download it. You can now enjoy the result of your creation process.

Easy Saving

Your work is saved automatically as you are creating and modifying it.

3D manipulation is wide and varied but understanding the basics will guide along the journey of creating a more interactive experience. Sign up to Third and start your design journey right away for free and online.