3D Kit Builder is a fully interactive 3D graphics program which introduces 3D modelling and Computer Aided Design (CAD) concepts to all ages.
Each model kit has around 80 to 120 parts and the job takes about as long as would a plastic model kit. Yet, this is a virtual version and it indirectly teaches how to become a 3D game artist. So kids can get a taste for something stronger such as 3D Studio Max.
Interactive 3D CAD modelling (e.g: 3D Studio Max) usually requires a powerful computer but 3D Kit Builder is lightweight enough to run on your average PC. This allows a wide audience to experience the fun of 3D. This design constraint limits the 3D model and texture image complexity but ensures the program is fully interactive on any PC. Yet, even with these limitations, you can still do some nice things such as add reflective surfaces to the 3D models.
When the kit has been constructed, up to 9 visual effects are “unlocked” depending on the difficulty level. These effects include: turning off texture images, lighting or showing the triangle surfaces in wireframe. Each visual effect helps to demonstrate the anatomy of a typical 3D model. Supporting documentation teaches how and why each element is used. For example, “normals” are used to calculate lighting effects.