Prof. Dr. Georgi Hristov,
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ivan Beloev,
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Plamen Zahariev,
Assist. Prof. Dr. Diyana Kinaneva,
Assist. Prof. Georgi Georgiev
“Angel Kanchev” University of Ruse
Abstract. The technological advancements in the last three decades have led to many innovations in the area of the Information and Communication Technologies, which in turn have fuelled the rapid development of the modern 3D technologies. This collective term is used to describe both the methods for the development of the digital content and the solutions and devices, which provide means for the attractive, interactive and innovative visualisation and popularisation of this content. The 3D technologies have provided many possibilities and never-before-seen opportunities, but they have also presented many new challenges. The high cost of the equipment, the complexity of the digitalization processes and the unexperienced staff are just few of the reasons for the slow adoption rate and the delayed integration and use of these technologies by the higher educational institutions.
Currently, there are many different ICT solutions and systems in use in the colleges and universities in Europe and in the world. Nevertheless, only few of them are related to or use the modern 3D technologies. In this article we present and analyse some of the most popular methods and approaches for development of digital models, as well as how this content can be visualised, presented and popularised using different platforms and solutions. Last, but not least, we discuss the possibilities to integrate the modern 3D technologies in the scientific activities of the higher education institutions in Bulgaria.
Keywords: 3D technologies; 3D scanning; 3D printing; digitalization; hologram displays; higher education institutions; scientific projects; scientific activities