The act of generating 3D computer data which is interpreted by a 3D rendering engine. A quick list of common 3D modeling methods. These processes are usually but not always done with in the application that will (or at least can to a degree) render the object. There are however some masochistic souls have been known to manually generate data that is interpreted by these or other methods.

The term can also be applied to the act of creating a 3D representation of a database of any size.