Top 7 libraries for a 3D visualizer

Top 7 libraries for a 3D visualizer
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While a novice 3D artist is reinventing the wheel, a seasoned practitioner or professional grabs a ready-made model from someone else’s library (or their own) and effortlessly transforms it into a car, carriage or any other mode of transportation with just a click of the mouse. It all depends on the context.

The crucial point is that the minutes spent by visualizers searching for a 3D model among the abundance of similar three-dimensional figures pale in comparison to the time novices waste unaware of hacks. But fear not, as we are here to share our knowledge with you. Below is a list of libraries that will make your life easier and perhaps reduce file size. Don’t copy down unnecessary polygons. Enjoy the process of bringing your ideas to life.

Libraries tailored exclusively for one program can be described as inflexible. For modern technologies this is unacceptable. Traveling through 3D visualization programs collecting a “suitcase” of ready-made assets along the way can now be done without considering the limitations of these software tools. It’s enough to know the process of importing models and their formats for further interaction at the threshold of either Blender or 3Ds Max – any software that suits your taste. Here is the top 7 list of services:

Chocofur Store

Chocofur Store

The main feature of this library is its “assortment.” Chocofur Store is a true paradise for architects and interior designers who not only use a large set of assets (including textures as a bonus) but also create them themselves. It offers over 500 interior items (from chairs to bathroom faucets along with a sink) and a couple of ready-made 3D scenes, thousands of different furniture elements and a rich variety of materials (wood, concrete, fabric, leather, marble, metal) for a realistic image. The service cannot be called entirely free (although prices are conservative), but the option to search for models on a complimentary basis is also available. In terms of quality “budget” models are on par with meticulous detailing and do not require titanic efforts for additional editing. They fit into any project and receive praise for optimization – a plush teddy bear can adorn a child’s bed with a click. The key is to carefully read the licensing rules. The platform provides both full freedom of use (public) and requires attributing “volunteer colleagues” (commercial). Another advantage of the library is the availability of video tutorials. In these altruistic architects can explain how to correctly place a three-dimensional indoor plant in your scene or, for example, insert a window frame.

Sketchfab

Sketchfab

Create. Innovate. Showcase. Buy. Sell. The platform as depicted on its homepage serves as a source of motivation and inspiration for 3D artists. For those embarking on their journey into the realm of visualization it firmly encourages them to take the first step and become avid users of the service. The library is considered among the leading ones, validating its claim as the best in the field thanks to its professional approach. Interactive 3D models from its archives adorn the main page enticing meticulous examination of three-dimensional sneakers or terminator beetles in golden armor. A distinctive feature, the Model Inspector, is supported by a powerful built-in 3D player. Modern and stylish.

Autodesk Online Gallery

Autodesk Online Gallery

The official “gallery” from Autodesk is deemed more pragmatic but reliable. To create your masterpiece one must navigate through millions of registration steps, a significant undertaking befitting the venerable industry. The library boasts tens of thousands of models categorized into three thematic groups. It’s easy to surmise that among 3D artists, those frequently used or aligned with trends such as foreign car models or pumpkin scenes for Halloween enjoy greater popularity. Figures of four-cylinder engines and roller tracks are also presented, catering to the needs of engineering design.

CGTrader

CGTrader

A marketplace created by a Lithuanian 3D designer, which by 2019 already featured over 800,000 volumetric models. They are sorted not only by specialization including medical visualizations, but also by price ranges. Free options are available, albeit predominantly low-polygonal. The platform garners attention not only from designers and 3D artists but also from industrial professionals and representatives of the gaming industry. In 2021, the ambitious startup even gained the endorsement of Angry Birds developer Mikael Hed, who invested his own funds into the project.

Hum3D

Hum3D

Another project that began with a seemingly unattainable dream at first glance. The creators of the library indulged in modeling a car for animation, and as a result, the Peugeot 207 model was “born.”

To date, the number of 3D models of different brands totals about 7,000 units. It’s the largest “3D car fleet” existing on the internet. For example, you can purchase a 3D model of the Bentley Continental for either $200 or a thousand. The difference lies in the fact that the latter version of the same brand includes a “VIP package”: in addition to the 3D model of the car itself it comes with its low-polygon version, salon texturing with baking, UV mapping for the interior and even an option for modeling the right-hand drive!

Turbosquid

Turbosquid

A platform that adheres to one rule in its work: down with routine. The creators of the library calculated that it takes 27 hours to create a standard 3D model on average. During this time, you can publish your work in the digital company’s library, go through their certification program (Turbosquid was created in 2011) and pat yourself on the head declaring what a talented artist you are. Essentially, the policy of the American studio is built on these three theses: implementing a loyalty program, encouraging platform “patriots” and thanking them with a good discount.

3dsky.org

3dsky.org

The management of the stock falls under the responsibility of a company based in Cyprus. The team diligently works to expand the portfolio of 3D models each day. Among the free offerings there are approximately 150 thousand models available. The library’s navigation is noteworthy. She has three-dimensional neatly organizing objects into various themes ranging from architecture to plants. Setting a goal one can discover a “rare” prototype of a future shower cabin for the bathroom designed in a modern style. Moreover, it is even possible to compare (if available) the level of “realism” by applying a filter with render engines.

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