Modelo Academic Program

Summer is here. Blue skies. Fun trips with friends and family. Relaxation. Take advantage because not too far off in the future we know the fall semester is waiting for us… Not to fear though — we’ve got a great opportunity for you when it’s time to go back to school.

Modelo will be offering free academic accounts starting Fall semester 2016. Learn More

If you’re a student or educator in an architectural or 3D design program, you will be eligible to access to the Academic version of Modelo for free using your “.edu” email address. This means students and educators working with 3D modeling software like Rhino, Revit, Sketchup, Vectorworks and others will be able to present their designs, share feedback, manage projects and transfer files all from a single web-based platform (works on phones and tablets too).

Did we also mention Modelo is the fastest real-time 3D rendering platform in the industry?

Why free for Academics?

Modelo was conceived as a thesis project by founder and CEO Qi Su during his studies at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. After experiencing his own difficulties sharing and presenting 3D models in both class and professionally he decided to develop a prototype to represent student projects in real-time. Two years later we are a full-fledged software startup providing 3D presentation and communication solutions to some of the world’s renowned international architecture firms.

For a project born in the academy, we feel it’s only right to provide the service for free to digital-native students to help them communicate and present their designs and prepare for the professional world.

Why Now?

During the fall semester of 2015 and spring semester of 2016 Modelo was piloted with a few select academic programs. Our users found considerable success with a number of the platform’s key capabilities. Being able to communicate directly through 3D models in a browser-based environment was a big change for the professors and lecturers using the tool. For the students, especially the first year students who had smartphones dangling from mobiles above their cribs Modelo seemed like something that would be obvious to use.

Since that time, Modelo has come a long way. We’ve support for new formats, created new administrative user types, improved our mobile experiences, added VR with Google Cardboard, added a ton of 3D Viewer control enhancements and a whole bunch of other awesome stuff. We feel the time is right to open the gates and see how students can use Modelo in new and experimental ways to represent their 3D designs.

If you’re interested and would like to learn more, fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch.

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Originally published at on June 23, 2016.

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