Workshop: Intro to 3D Modeling in Blender

timelapse of 3D model making using a flat 2D reference image

This workshop was recorded live and goes over the basics of modeling in Blender, a free, open-source 3D modeling software. You will learn how to navigate in 3D space, manipulate basic 3D objects, and finally use them to build something new, like the teapots you see printed below.

Before you start

1. Download and install Blender Blender is the free open source software we will be learning. Download from

2. Use a 3-button mouse if you have it. A 3-button mouse is a mouse that has a scroll wheel. They are very useful for navigating 3D space, as the scroll wheel will allow you to zoom in and out at will.

3. Download the teapot reference image. You will use this to help build your 3D model.

Video of Workshop

Workshop: 3D Modeling In Blender 3.0

This video introduces those new to 3D to the basics of modeling meshes in Blender 3.0. We walk through the process of creating a teapot.

Workshop developed by Kelly Egan for Brown University’s Multimedia Labs.

Tools in the MML

Blender is included in our default sofware packages for MML computers, meaning members can enjoy modeling on our 27″ Imac screens.

The MMLs also have a fleet of 3D printers. To get trainined in 3D printing, visit