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The things that a user places in the sandtray, whether it be a person, tree, house or tank, will be refered to as models. Although there is some debate as to naming, the convention of calling them models will be maintained.

What can be done with models?

Many things can be done with models in the program, many analagous to conventional sandtray use. Some of them are as follows:

  1. Place models
  2. Move models
  3. Remove models
  4. Topple models
  5. Rotate models

Expanded features allowed in a software environment are as follows:

  1. Resize models - if the user wants a mommy, daddy and baby elephant, they can place and resize the original models as desired.
  2. Spawn multiples models - if the user wants 20 of a certain barricade or fence, they can place 20 of them.
  3. Many models are animated - adds life like realism, e.g. a guard looking around
  4. Some models can be activated - e.g. tapping on a drawbridge can make it open and close
  5. If the user requires to wipe changes of the model, they can use the plunger to rollback changes made since creating.
  6. Many models can have different colors - selected models have multiple textures.
  7. Models can be floated. The client can raise, lower and drop a model back to the tray. They can also have all floating models drop back to the sand.
  8. Models can be destroyed: very popular with young males into military themse.
  9. Models can be placed inside of each other - depending on the setup of models involved, e.g. you can "hide" a character in a house
  10. A recently used list of last 10 models placed is maintained by the program.

Model Hierarchy

A convention had to be established for classifying models, both for development reasons and ease of use for the user. Having the models in one big jumble did not make sense nor was practical in the program.

The model heirarchy consists of four tiers. The top level is category. The second level is group. The third level is division. The fourth level is where the models are found. A video demonstration has been created to demonstrate the process and clarify the concept.

Where do they come from?

3D artists create models for developers to purchase and use. The developer of the Virtual Sandtray App has scoured through millions of models to choose those best suited for Virtual Sandtray use. Each model has been tested and modified accordingly for this specific use. At times there are unknown issues with a specific model, if you encounter this please do not hesitate to contact the developer and it will be remedied. New models will be added for your selection and use as they become available.

If one is interested further information regarding the process, they can contact the developer.

Model purchasing

Many models are contained in the basic pack that comes with the environment. Additional models can be obtained by purchasing add on packages, through in-app purchases. For example, the basic pack comes with one dragon and if you want more, you can purchase the dragon pack.

Try before you buy!

Once registered, you will have two default friends, examples@sandtrayplay.com and packages@sandtrayplay.com. Within the examples friend, you will find several trays demonstrating some of the capabilities of Virtual Sandtray. These trays have been created by the designers and/or submitted by users. Within the packages friend, you will find trays that have the models contained within their respective package. You may use the trays to explore models you are considering for purchase. You will not be able to place any of the models from within the application until you have purchased the appropriate package.

Shared Trays

Assume that you have no extra packages purchased and your colleague has many purchased. If they send you a tray with models from packages that you have not purchased yet, you will still be able to see it as it was designed on their machine. Essentially, you will be able to view trays from others with models not purchased. As with the example and package trays discussed prior, you will be able to manipulate the models in the shared tray, but not place models from packages you have not yet purchased.

New models

The selection of models will be expanded on a continual basis. The development team is committed to fulfilling user needs and requests for new models. So if you have an idea, submit it via the contact form.


What the user places and interacts with in the sandtray.

How many models?

There are currently 4900+ models available.

Discover models

Browse models by package.

Browse models by heirarchy, as you would see in the app.

Utilize the search tool to find models.