PRACE workshop Data, lights, camera, action! Scientific visualization done beautifully

Date: 24 APR 2018 

Would you like to make 3D visualisations that are visually more attractive than what ParaView or VisIt can provide? Do you need a spectacular image for a grant application? Would you like to create a cool animation of flying through your simulation data? Then this course may be for you!

24 Apr 2018
SURFsara VK1/VK2
Prior knowledge needed?
Subject type
Practical skills
Meeting type

Hands-on knowledge about 3D (scientific) data

The goal of this course is to provide you with hands-on knowledge of producing great images and animations from 3D (scientific) data. We will be using the open-source package Blender, which provides good basic functionality, while also being usable for advanced usage and general editing of 3D data. It is also a lot of fun to work with (once you get used to its graphical interface). Example types of relevant scientific data are 3D cell-based simulations, 3D models from photogrammetry, (isosurfaces of) 3D medical scans, molecular models and earth sciences data. Note that we don't focus on information visualization of abstract data, such as graphs (although you could convert those into a 3D model first and then use them in Blender).


  • Please bring your own laptop preferably with a decent GPU
  • Possibility to install Blender on your laptop
  • Prior experience in working with 3D data is useful
  • We encourage participants to bring along (a sample) of the data they normally work with and would like to apply the course knowledge to.

Latest modifications 20 Mar 2018