Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Panda3D - Framework for 3D Games

Panda3D is an open source framework with Python APIs.  Children can get a taste for 3D programming.

The framework was developed by the Carnegie Mellon Entertainment Technology Center and Disney.  However, the Carnegie Mellon group is doing most or all of the development and promotion now.

There's a nice tutorial in the manual.

This package is more oriented to game programming compared to vPython.

My middle school student went through the tutorial in about an hour.  The panda walks.

I like the mission of the Carnegie Mellon Entertainment Technology Center:

To foster leadership in education and research that combines technology and fine arts to create new processes, tools, and vision for storytelling and entertainment.

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