3D browser animation just keeps getting more powerful, and web developers are taking an interest. WebGL, Three.js, and other JavaScript APIs and libraries have been around for a while, but many browsers and computers didn’t have the capacity to run advanced animations without significant slowdown.

But as software and hardware becomes more effective at dealing with complex 3D environments, it’s now much more common to see websites rendering animations. Three.js is particularly useful thanks to its ability to run without any plugins. With this powerful library, web developers can create jaw-dropping animations or even simple video games.

Ready to have your mind blown? Here are a few examples of gorgeous Three.js experiments that take full advantage of the library’s capabilities.

Lab City 3D

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City 3D
by Victor Vergara (@vcomics)
on CodePen.

Playing with Sound

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Playing with sound and three.js
by Sarah Drasner (@sdras)
on CodePen.

three.js Points Anti-Gravity

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three.js Points anti-gravity is applied ver2
by yoichi kobayashi (@ykob)
on CodePen.

WebGL Distortion Slider

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WebGL Distortion Slider
by Ash Thornton (@ashthornton)
on CodePen.

Test of Three.js and Tween.js

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Test of Three.js and Tween.js
by cx20 (@cx20)
on CodePen.

three.js canvas – particles – waves

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three.js canvas – particles – waves
by deathfang (@deathfang)
on CodePen.

WormHole

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WormHole
by Josep Antoni Bover Comas (@devildrey33)
on CodePen.

Wire Typo

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Wire Typo
by ilithya (@ilithya)
on CodePen.

THREE.js Particle Stream

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THREE.js particle stream
by Szenia Zadvornykh (@zadvorsky)
on CodePen.

Perlin Noise

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Perlin Noise
by Victor Vergara (@vcomics)
on CodePen.

Three Js Point Cloud Experiment

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Three Js Point Cloud Experiment
by Sean Dempsey (@seanseansean)
on CodePen.

Shader Moon

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Shader Moon
by Victor Vergara (@vcomics)
on CodePen.

3D Floating Typo

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3D Floating Typo
by ilithya (@ilithya)
on CodePen.

RetroFighter Gunship

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RetroFighter Gunship
by Rainner Lins (@rainner)
on CodePen.

Pixel Particles

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Pixel Particles
by Szenia Zadvornykh (@zadvorsky)
on CodePen.

Mind-Blowing Three.js Experiments

Developers are always creating awesome new code experiments that do cool new functions or are just made to look beautiful. It’s a good idea to keep up with sites like CodePen so you can see how devs are pushing the limits of libraries like Three.js. There’s always someone trying something new and interesting.

And the best part is you can also use pens in your own open source websites and projects, or learn from them yourself and try making your own experiments. Learn from your fellow developers, fork their code to try your own ideas, and you’ll quickly learn the nuances of Three.js animation.

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