Skip main navigation

£199.99 £139.99 for one year of Unlimited learning. Offer ends on 28 February 2023 at 23:59 (UTC). T&Cs apply

Find out more

Scaling in Virtual Worlds

A practical overview of the concept of scaling
In this session, we’re going to talk about scaling. Scaling is one of the core concepts to consider when working with virtual worlds, so let’s begin. Scaling is a useful feature in virtual words. It can be used to resize objects from their original size to sizes that fit the context of the world or occupy space. Scaling can be applied along individual dimensions. For example, here we see a sphere scaled to three times its size along the x-axis, or along the y-axis or the z-axis.
In most situations, the object will be scaled by the same factor across all three dimensions. Scaling has one other interesting use. Scaling can be used to invert the shape of an object along any of its dimensions by using negative scale factors. In summary, virtual words and objects within them can be scaled as desired, an object can be scaled along any of its dimensions, and negative scale factors can be used to invert the shape of objects.
This article is from the free online

Construct a Virtual Reality Experience

Created by
FutureLearn - Learning For Life

Our purpose is to transform access to education.

We offer a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.

We believe learning should be an enjoyable, social experience, so our courses offer the opportunity to discuss what you’re learning with others as you go, helping you make fresh discoveries and form new ideas.
You can unlock new opportunities with unlimited access to hundreds of online short courses for a year by subscribing to our Unlimited package. Build your knowledge with top universities and organisations.

Learn more about how FutureLearn is transforming access to education