3D Model Portal

It all started with a teapot. Since 1975, when Martin Newell created his 3D test model of a teapot, researchers have been using a variety of 3D geometric models as a reference for their work in the advancement of computer graphics. Here are some links to some iconic models—and our SIGGRAPH Pixel model.


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The Utah teapot, or the Newell teapot, is a 3D test model of an ordinary teapot created in 1975. It has become a standard reference object within the computer graphics community.

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The Stanford Dragon is a collection of 1,132,830 triangles. Based on a real figurine, it is often used to test various graphic algorithms, including polygonal simplification, compression, and surface smoothing.

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The Stanford Bunny is one of the most commonly used test models. It is a collection of 69,451 triangles, and was assembled from range images of a clay bunny roughly 7.5 inches high.

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The Stanford Happy Buddha was created in 1996 using a technique to develop complex polygonal models from range scans. It was developed using a Buddha gift-shop statuette roughly 8 inches tall.

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The Stanford Armadillo is a collection of 345,944 triangles. Unlike with the Dragon and Buddha, the Armadillo is fair game for any animation you’d like to test: breaking, exploding, melting, etc.

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