Make Active 3d Screensavers

You can use 3D modeling programs to create content for active screensavers.

3D screensavers can be static or they can have moving images, including flying geometric primitives like cubes. Create an original 3D screensaver using a modeling program’s basic solids, such as the cube or sphere. Apply the program’s animation functions to those solids, including the function for making key frames. Key frames are individual frames of animation. After you create them, your modeling program creates the remaining frames, using algorithms based on your key frames. This takes much less time than creating each frame of an animated sequence.


1. Open a 3-D modeling program and click the “Box” item under the “Create” menu. Click and drag in the “Perspective” view port to define the box to any size. You’ll form a house from the box, then animate it to produce a screensaver. (If you don’t see the “Create” menu, search your program’s help file for “object creation” to identify the correct menu.)

2. Click the “Mesh” menu’s “Knife” tool, which produces new edges, then drag the mouse pointer across the top face of the box. This will provide additional mesh, which you’ll use to form the house’s roof.

3. Click the “Edit” menu’s “Edge” item, which allows you to change the shape of an object’s edges. Click the new edge from the previous step, then click the “Modify” menu’s “Move” tool. Drag upward to raise the roof.

4. Press “Escape” to exit the component-editing mode, then click the house to select it. Click the “Move” tool, then drag upward to lift the house above the ground grid.

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5. Click the “Make keyframe” item under the “Animation” menu to produce the first frame of an animation with the house.

6. Drag the animation slider to frame 50, then move the house (using the “Move” tool) to the ground grid. Make another key frame.

7. Click the “animation” menu’s “Play” button to preview the animation of the house falling to the ground.

8. Click the “Render” item under the animation menu to render the animation to the MOV, WMV or other common animation format.

9. Open Windows Gallery, then click the “Screensaver settings” under the “File” menu.

10. Click “Photos” from the “Screen saver” list, then click the “Settings” button.

11. Click “Browse” on the dialog box that follows, then navigate to and select the animation you exported.

12. Click “Save.” The “Screensaver Settings” dialog box will display a preview of the active 3D screensaver you created.