40+Websites Providing Useful and Free 3D Models

November 20, 2010 · 11 comments

by Dustin Betonio

45 Websites Providing Useful and Free 3D Models

3D models can be really useful to kick start a modeling process, but where can you find well crafted high quality models to use? Models that other people have created can also be great for learning some new techniques and being inspired for creating your own creations.  There is certainly a large demand for 3D models, and a several websites have surfaced to meet the demands.

Today, 3D models are used in a wide variety of industries. The movie industry uses them as characters and objects for animated and real-life motion pictures. The video game industry uses them as assets for computer and video games. The architecture industry uses them to demonstrate proposed buildings and landscapes through Software Architectural Models. The medical industry uses detailed models of organs. Finally it is quite common that 3D models are used in web designs main based on Flash technology. For this article I have compiled a list of more than 40 great websites that are providing free 3D models. Hope you find them useful and that you will leave a comment if there is a site I should to add to the list.


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1. 3dM3

3dm32

3DM3 has a large collection of free 3d models in addition to their tutorials.

2. 3D Total

3D Total

3D Total provides free stuff on 3D model in categories of human characters, household, body parts, vehicles, weapons, alien characters, architecture, medieval, cartoon, star wars, scenes, animals, sci-fi, low-polu and mechaniods.

3. Archive3D.Net

Archive 3d

Free 15000+ 3D models for download without registration required.

4. Rafeec

Rafeec Tech

Rafeec Tech are called upon as one of the most prominent Heat Exchangers Drafting Services from India. Especially, Our 2D Heat Exchanger drafting services include: Assembly & every part detail and drafting service and Calculation include then various detail drawings and all kind of mechanical drawings process successfully. We can modify drawing or create new ones, to your standards and we use the latest CAD tools. Rafeec Tech provide high quality 2D mechanical Drafting in CAD as per clients’ requirements.

5. TurboSquid

TurboSquid

TurboSquid is the largest library of 3D products in the world. They offes over 300 free 3D models for download.

6. 3DModelFree

3dmodelfree

Free 3D models download.

7. Google 3D Warehouse

Google3d

The Google 3D Warehouse is a online repository of 3D models.

8. 3DXtras

3dextras

3DXtras.com offers thousands of free 3d models to download in .MAX, .3ds and other formats, you may use these models freely in your own work as royalty free.

9. Artist-3D

Artist 3d

Artist-3D has a large collection of free noncommercial 3D models.

10. Amazing3D

amazing 3d

You may use these models (meshes) royalty-free in your own work to create 2D images, animations, print graphics or web graphics. You may also include them as part of your software package in a proprietary format with credits and written permission from Amazing 3D Graphics, Inc.

11. NASA 3D Model

NASA 3d

These models are for anybody that uses a 3D software package. Most of the models are in the common .3ds format, which can be read by most 3D programs. Some models, however, are in their original .lwo, .fbx, or .obj formats to preserve details that would be lost in conversion.

12. DLegend

DLegend

A collection of 3ds ,max ,prj and obj files for you to use in diffrent applications of 3d programs.

13. 3d Auto Club

3d auto club

14. CGI

CGI

All 3d models are free for any type of use (c/p). The version one is collection of very useful and handy 3d models in .3ds format.

15. DD-Freebies

DD Freebies

16. WireCase

wirecase

Download 3D models from a catalog of the highest quality online.

17. Exchange 3D

Exchange 3d

A community exchanging free 3d models for usage.

18. Adobe-Tools

Adobe Tools

Enchance the new 3d features of Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended version! Download free 3d models from Adobe-Tools.

19. 3D Plants

3d plants

20. Mr Furniture

Mr.Furniture

Over 5000 free 3D models for furniture, textures, CAD in .3ds, .max and .dxf.

21. 3Delicious

3ddelicious

Delicious free 3d models.

22. ShareCG

cgshare

Model formats: Max, 3ds, car, wire, jas, c4d, daz, dwg.

23. Archibase

Archibase

Download Free 3D CAD models.

24. CG-Files

CG Files

25. Top 3D Models

Top 3d models

Download free 3D Models, no registration required, no email required, just click and download our free 3D models.

26. Oyonale

Oyonale

The objects are freely usable for your personal or commercial 3D art and animations. The 3D models are available in POV-Ray, Cinema 4D and/or Wavefront OBJ formats.

27. Infinitee-Designs

Infinite Designs

Free 3D Models for Autodesk Maya, 3D Studio Max and other 3D programs – Free models for beginners to advanced users of Autodesk Maya 3D animation and special effects software program.

28. Telias

Telias

Free the models is a site that offers royalty free 3d models in 3ds, bryce, poser, lightwave and md2 format. Also a great collection of textures to use in your favorite modeling and rendering program.
All the content is free for any use.

29.Sci-Fi 3D

SCi-Fi 3d

The ultimate 3D Sci-Fi resources.

30. Altair Models

Altair Models

Download over 1500 high quality 3d model files free of charge. Most models are available in Max, Dxf, 3ds, Obj. 3D formats for Pc, Mac and Unix platforms. In this collection you can find cars, humans, ships, animals and much more.

31. Kit 3D

Kit 3d

Kit3dmodels, a great collection of 3d furniture, lamps and accesories.

32.  3DAllusions

3d allusions

Free 3D models in diferent formats.

33. 3d Model Sharing

3d Model Sharing

3DModelSharing.com is a showcase of CAD related media. 3DModelSharing invite you to browse through their library of hundreds of different CAD files.

34. 3d Content Central

3d content

3D ContentCentral® is a free service for locating, configuring, downloading, and requesting 3D parts and assemblies, 2D blocks, library features, and macros. Join an active community of 493,038 CAD users who share and download user contributed and supplier-certified 3D parts & assemblies, 2D blocks, library features and macros.

35. Great Buildings

Great Buildings

The models range in detail from very simple formal massing models of just a few blocks, through basic interior/exterior spatial walkthrough models, up to detailed interior/exterior models complete with furnishings and landscaping.

36. 3D Valley

3d valley

Model formats: Max, 3ds, mb, cob, obj

37. Rocky3d

Rocky 3d

Rocky3d specializew in providing the finest useful 3D models for your scenes and animations. They have thousands of models (many of which are FREE!) ranging from small but useful objects.

38. Large Geometric Models Archive

Large Geometric Models

This site provides large models to researchers in computer graphics and related fields.

39. Model3D

Model 3d

A source of high quality 3D models and free section contains some models, which you can download gratis, they are free of charge.

40. Apollo Maximus

Apollo Maximus

Free Poser Downloads include free 3D models, free Poser body morphs, free Poser face morphs, free poses, free 3D clothing library, free Poser python scripts, free Poser light sets, free Poser face room module, free Poser face poses, free Poser character poses, free figure texture maps, free clothing textures, & more.

41. 3DVIA

3dvia

3DVIA is the newest of Dassault Systèmes’ 6 brands. Their mission is to extend 3D content creation and experience to new businesses and consumers with the goal of utilizing 3D as their common language.

42. Cadalyst

cadalyst

Cadalyst offers worlds largest selection of free 3D models, textures, tutorials, plugins an dupdates for 3D studio and lightwave 3D.

43. Digital Animators

Digital animators

A small archive of 3D models that Digital Animators has obtained over the years. Digital Animators has gone ahead and catagorized them by catagory for your visual preferences.

44. DMI Car 3D Models

DMI Car 3d Models

Free 3D models for vehicles.

Author : Dustin Betonio

Dustin Betonio is a Translation Management graduate at University of Mindanao. His earlier career was devoted on customer service outside the information highway. Currently studying Law in the same University.

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Serhii February 12, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Place with big collection of car 3D models and also you can get here a free bluprints (I hope it would be useful) – http://humster3d.com (forgot about link in first message)

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henrikas June 3, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Hi,
Anibody hear about this http://www.cgtrader.com 3D models.
Thanks

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free 3d models April 12, 2012 at 11:10 am

download some here also
hellsky.com

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Mike March 9, 2012 at 9:42 am

Hi, I wanted to share awesome page, that I stumbled upon and wanted to share with you. Their library isn’t big right now (well, compared to something like turbosquid 😀 ), but it’s growing every day and I’m very happy to use it, when I need something. http://www.cgtrader.com is really nice place for any 3D artists.

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Siim Teller April 27, 2011 at 4:08 am

Hi Lars,
Another one missing from this list – http://grabcad.com – it’s a relative newcomer but when Turbosquid claims that they are the largest 3D model library in the world and offer 300 free models then GrabCAD is free open source library with over 2000 models available. Everything is uploaded by the members and true to the open source angle you can download anything, build upon it, upload it back in etc.

The site just hit 100.000 downloads :)

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Andy April 28, 2011 at 12:19 am

Hi thanks for sharing 😉

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Jürgen March 13, 2011 at 11:42 pm

Thank you for this interesting list – it´s saved in my favorites now. But you should add cybergrafie.de too – its a blog, releasing every week a new 3d modell.

best regards,
juergen

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Lars March 14, 2011 at 12:08 am

Thanks for the tip Jürgen!

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CSS3 Training November 28, 2010 at 7:39 pm

Very important tools i find these website.
Thanks for providing these good sources.

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Evan November 24, 2010 at 9:58 pm

cool list you put together…

Here is a great list of 50 free and useful websites that was published on Business Insider today:

http://www.businessinsider.com/50-free-and-useful-websites-2010-11

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