By on April 16th, 2010 in Design, Service


Model makers and consumers might head over to TurboSquid to find and market 3D models. Fabbaloo readers are both makers and consumers, so we felt it was time to point out the benefits of TurboSquid’s amazing service. 
What is TurboSquid? It’s perhaps the largest commercial online marketplace for 3D models today. Operating like eBay, creators upload their creations and peg a price on them. Consumers seeking models can peruse oceans of models to find the perfect model. TurboSquid operates in a familiar way, with shopping carts, downloads, affiliate programs, forums and searches. 
Most models are offered in a variety of formats, the most popular being 3D Studio, Cinema 4D, Autodesk, etc., but many are also offered in .STL format. TurboSquid also offers file format conversion services, if necessary. Are these models suitable for 3D printing? Not necessarily, but there are other tools that can certify and adjust these models for correct 3D printing. Note that these models often include significant textures, which could be kinda hard to print, so 3D printing results might not look precisely like the 3D preview image. 
Model makers might well upload their creations to TurboSquid, as the process is fairly straightforward and there are plenty of instructions to assist. You’ll have to select a license type (they offer three: Standard Royalty Free, Editorial Royalty Free and “Custom”). How much do you get if someone buys one of your models? It depends on your TurboSquid membership, but you could take up to 80% of the stated price, but new members start at only 40%. 

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!

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