How to Insert 3D Objects in PowerPoint

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One unique design you can add to your PowerPoint presentations is 3D or three-dimensional models. These can be a great way to illustrate a point or catch your viewers’ attention. In this guide, we’ll show you how you can insert 3D models into your slide presentation.

Method #1: Via Online 3D Models

1. Open your slide presentation that’s saved on your computer.

Selecting the PowerPoint slide
Selecting the document to work on

2. Select the slide you want to insert a 3D model into.

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Defining the target slide

3. From the ribbon, click the Insert tab and choose 3D Models. Click the 3D icon (Cube icon) or the down arrow to open the dropdown menu and choose Stock 3D Models.

Selecting Stock 3D Models from the PowerPoint Insert menu
Selecting Stock 3D Models

4. The Online 3D Models window will open on the right side of your screen.

PowerPoint Online 3D Models
Online 3D Models elements range

5. Here, you can select from an array of 3D models. Depending on your chosen theme, you can click and select the 3D model that’s suited for you. In this guide, we’ll pick a Linear 3D Model, under the Chemistry theme.

Selecting the Chemistry theme in Online 3D Models from PowerPoint
Picking the Chemistry theme

6. Select the 3D model that you like and click the Insert button. If you want to insert more than one 3D model, select them all and click Insert. Your selected 3D models will appear with an orange checkmark on the model’s thumbnail.

Selecting a 3D Object from the Online 3D Models
Adding a 3D Model to your slide

Note: Alternatively, you can search for a 3D model by using the search function.

7. Once inserted, you can resize the 3D model using the border points. You can also rotate it using the 3D Control icon to tilt and rotate the 3D model in any direction. Just click the icon and drag it to your desired direction.

3D object inserted in PowerPoint slide
3D Object was added to the slide. The red arrow shows the 3D control gizmo

Method #2: Insert Via a Saved 3D Model on your Computer

In this case, we’ll work our way to insert a 3D in PowerPoint from either a generated 3D file or a downloaded element from a 3D library.

1. Download a 3D model on your preferred site. In this guide, we’ll download a free human 3D model via a third-party website.

2. After downloading, you’ll be given either a .BMP (Bitmap), .FBX (Autodesk Filmbox), or .OBJ (Standard 3D file format). You’ll need the .OBJ version of the 3D image for PowerPoint.

inserting a 3D model from a file in PowerPoint
Inserting a saved 3D model into your Slide

3. Open your PowerPoint presentation and click the Insert tab from the ribbon. Select the down arrow and choose This Device…

Picking a 3D file from our device in PowerPoint
Selecting a 3D file from our Device

4. Select the .OBJ version of the 3D file and click Insert.

importing an OBJ file into PowerPoint
Importing an .obj file to insert

5. The 3D image will now appear on the slide. Similar to the last method, you can also resize and rotate the slide using the border points and the 3D Control icon.

3D object from file inside PowerPoint slide
.obj element fully loaded into PowerPoint slide

Final Thoughts

As you can see, the process to insert 3D in PowerPoint is very straightforward. This awesome feature is a lifesaver for quality academic presentations, for people in the 3D modeling industry, and way more.

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