Simulation, 3D Modeling, Augmented & Virtual Reality

The list of tools below is organized alphabetically, and it represents a selection of the resources available to Digital Humanists. Many of these tools are actively updated, so please contact the DH@Bucknell Web Team if you find any outdated information or if you would like to suggest additional tools or software.

Bucknell University has site licenses and provides faculty, staff, and students with access to and support for a number of these tools; tools for which this is the case have “BU access” listed under pricing.


A-Frame

A-Frame is a web framework for building virtual reality experiences. A-Frame is based on top of HTML, making it simple to get started. But A-Frame is not just a 3D scene graph or a markup language; the core is a powerful entity-component framework that provides a declarative, extensible, and composable structure to three.js.

Details

Website: https://aframe.io/
Open Source Software (OSS) or Proprietary? OSS
Pricing: Free


Agisoft

Agisoft Metashape is a stand-alone software product that performs photogrammetric processing of digital images and generates 3D spatial data to be used in GIS applications, cultural heritage documentation, and visual effects production as well as for indirect measurements of objects of various scales.

Details

Website: https://www.agisoft.com/
Open Source Software (OSS) or Proprietary? Proprietary
Pricing: Pricing tiers


ARCore

With ARCore, you can build new augmented reality experiences that seamlessly blend the digital and physical worlds. ARCore is Google’s platform for building augmented reality experiences. Using different APIs, ARCore enables your phone to sense its environment, understand the world and interact with information. Some of the APIs are available across Android and iOS to enable shared AR experiences.

Details

Website: https://developers.google.com/ar/
Open Source Software (OSS) or Proprietary? Proprietary
Pricing: Free


ARKit

ARKit helps you build augmented reality apps for Mac and iOS devices. With People Occlusion, ARKit knows where people and AR objects are and properly occludes the scene. With Motion Capture, ARKit tracks human movement as input to the AR scene. It can also track up to three faces at a time, supports collaborative sessions, and more.

Details

Website: https://developer.apple.com/augmented-reality/
Open Source Software (OSS) or Proprietary? Proprietary
Pricing: Free


Blippar

Blippar is an augmented reality building platform. Blippar has an augmented reality creation tool called Blippbuilder, which allows you to create AR experiences without using any coding skills.

Details

Website: https://www.blippar.com/
Open Source Software (OSS) or Proprietary? Proprietary
Pricing: Pricing tiers


Google Poly

Google Poly offers a compendium of 3D objects available for use in 3D printing projects and augmented reality applications. These objects are built, uploaded, and shared by Google Poly users.

Details

Website: https://poly.google.com/
Open Source Software (OSS) or Proprietary? Varies
Pricing: Varies


Google VR

Google VR is home to multiple virtual reality platforms developed by Google, including Daydream, Tilt Brush, Earth VR, and Google Cardboard.

Details

Website: https://vr.google.com
Open Source Software (OSS) or Proprietary? Proprietary
Pricing: Varies


Kubity

Kubity allows you to instantly transform your SketchUp and Revit projects with high-quality, fully immersive augmented reality renders in a single click.

Details

Website: https://pro.kubity.com/
Open Source Software (OSS) or Proprietary? Proprietary
Pricing: Pricing tiers; discount for educators and students


Rhino

Rhino is a powerful 3D software that allows you to create, edit, analyze, document, render, animate, and translate NURBS curves, surfaces, and solids, point clouds, and polygon meshes. There are no limits on complexity, degree, or size beyond those of your hardware.

Details

Website: https://www.rhino3d.com/
Open Source Software (OSS) or Proprietary? Proprietary
Pricing: Pricing tiers


Sketchfab

Sketchfab is a forum for people to share, buy, and sell 3D models.

Details

Website: https://sketchfab.com/
Open Source Software (OSS) or Proprietary? Varies
Pricing: Varies


Sketchup

Sketchup is a 3D modeling software on the web. Sketchup is compatible with multiple file types: Import SKP, JPG, PNG file types, and export SKP, PNG, STL file types.

Details

Website: https://www.sketchup.com/
Open Source Software (OSS) or Proprietary? Proprietary
Pricing: Free (basic) version; pricing tiers


Thingiverse

Thingiverse is an open-source compilation of 3D objects available for use in 3D printing projects and augmented reality applications.

Details

Website: https://www.thingiverse.com/
Open Source Software (OSS) or Proprietary? OSS
Pricing: Free


Unity

Unity is a real-time, 3D development platform used by gaming, automotive, animation, architecture, and other fields. Unity is used to power many augmented and virtual reality applications.

Details

Website: https://unity.com/
Open Source Software (OSS) or Proprietary? Proprietary
Pricing: Pricing tiers


Vuforia

Vuforia is a marker-based augmented reality platform that is compatible with the Unity development platform.

Details

Website: https://www.vuforia.com
Open Source Software (OSS) or Proprietary? Proprietary
Pricing: Pricing tiers


Wikitude

Wikitude is primarily a location-based augmented reality platform that enables you to design apps that can recognize, track and augment images, objects, scenes, geographical locations and much more. Work with Native or JavaScript API or choose Unity, Cordova or Xamarin extensions to create cross-platform AR experiences for smartphones, tablets and digital eyewear across Android, iOS and Windows.

Details

Website: https://www.wikitude.com
Open Source Software (OSS) or Proprietary? Proprietary
Pricing: Free (limited) account; pricing tiers


WordsEye

Wordseye is a web and mobile application that lets you literally Type a Picture using simple language. With Wordseye, you can turn words into art, visual opinion, greetings, cartoons, and and banter with these images on our site and over social media.

Details

Website: http://www.wordseye.com/
Open Source Software (OSS) or Proprietary? Proprietary
Pricing: Pricing tiers

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