3D Models

Digital proprietors of the best in 3D assets

These resources are excellent for finding both production work and model files for studying.

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While these sites have a 3D model for just about anything you could ever need, students need to be very careful when using ANY 3D assets they do not make themselves.

When creating any school project, be sure to follow these simple rules to avoid plagiarism.

3D RULES:

  • The majority of your design should be original
  • Note clearly what is 3rd party and what is your own work
  • 3rd party assets should only be used for backgrounds or supporting geometry, like for scale reference.


cg•trader

Pay site. A very cool portal for either buying or selling 3D models. Buyers can get professional designs for 3D printing and CG. Sellers can receive royalties.

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TurboSquid

Pay site. TurboSquid models are used by game developers, news agencies, architects, visual effects studios, advertisers, and creative professionals around the world.

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GrabCAD

Free site. CAD models from more than 1 million engineers, otherwise known as the dudes who know how to make an accurate 3D model. They also have an intriguing ‘workbench’ app that allows sharing and version control for large organizations.


3D Warehouse

Free site. 3D Warehouse contains millions of models created in [google] SketchUp, one of the most popular 3D modelling apps. Many manufacturers have made the product line available for free in this format, which is super cool. Rhino will import the files accurately, even though they are un-editable meshes. Better than ‘nuthin.


Archive 3D

Free site. A huge range of 45,000 free 3D models and no registration required! But, you get what you pay for. The quality of models vary WIDELY and the site is painful to use or look at.

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