【Free 3D model material site】How to use CGtrader

In this article, I will introduce a 3D model material site called ‘CGtrader’. I will explain how to use the CGtrader site, how to create an account, and how to download a model.
At the end of this tutorial, I will import a downloaded model to STYLY, and show you how it looks.

What is CGtrader?

CGtrader is a 3D model material site.
There are many models, from free to priced. Points to take note is the sheer number of the models, and the quality of them.

You can access the CGtrader official page from here.

CGtrader Official Top page

About the CGtrader site

How to search for a model

If you want to search for a model, you can do so from the 3D Models tab.

Search model >3D Models tab

In the Category area surrounded by red, models are sorted by each category. The words in pink are the category buttons.
There are many models in various categories such as models for 3D print, with PBR support, for VR, textures, and those with discounts.

The area surrounded in red on the right is where the models are sorted by item. These include free and priced models, but you can filter them as in the image below.

You can filter using the area surrounded by red,
by price, only free models, format, polygon number, with or with not licence. By using the attribute button, you can filter for models such as low polygon models, PBR with rig, models for 3D print.

Search models with filters

If you want to search for free models, clicking the checkbox for free models is probably the simplest way.

Modeller debut in CGtrader!

CGtrader has many projects, and is recruiting for them.

Hire 3D Designers_01

You can filter the jobs by needed skills, softwares, or reward, so you can choose jobs suited for you.

Hire 3D Designers_02

If you want to apply for these jobs, you first need to create a free account.
You can create an account from the top right button in the top page.

Create a free CGtrader account


By the way, if you log in to CGtrader, be aware that the top page header changes.

The header before logging in should be as the image below.

Header before login

The header after login is below.

You can see that
Freelance 3D projects>Hire 3D Designers
Sell 3D Models>Community

is changed after logging in. The differences are not huge, but some items have been added, so I will explain them.

Header after login


CGtrader Community

By logging in to CGtrader, the Sell 3D Models button changes to the Community button.
The Sell 3D Models button is still there, but there are other content added too.

I will pick some important items for modelling, and explain them in depth.

CGtrader Community button


In the Gallery, models created by users are listed. You can like them or share them via SNS, and you can also request purchase if you find a model you like.

Of course, you can upload a model yourself, so you can use it as an instagram for 3D models.




In Tutorials, there are many tutorials for each category (3D animation, lighting, texturing, rendering and so on), for each software.

There are text base tutorials and image based tutorials, and you can choose the one best suited for you.



3D Forum

At 3D Forum, users can create discussions for each theme. For example, you can create a Q&A for something you are unsure with, or answer to a question from a different user.

If you have any questions about CGtrader, the easiest way to solve it is to ask about it in the 3D Forum. Just be aware that you have to communicate using English.

Community>3D Forum



In Designers, you can purchase and download models created by CGtrader desginers. You can search by category or software.

There are not many free models, but the quality of the models are very high.



Digital Art Competition

In Digital Art Competition, you can apply to a 3D art competition. There are prizes too, so if you want to take a challenge, this is the place to go.

The categories are below.

  • Illustrations
  • Concept art
  • Public Award

There are some categories divided within these, so if you are interested, please check them.

Digital Art Competitionのページはこちらから。


Community>Digital Art Competition

Download a free model at CGtrader

Ok, so now I would like to download a free model from CGtrader.

For this tutorial, I will search from ①>② for a model. Of course, you can search for whatever category you want to.

Downloading a free model at CGtrader_01

Once you reach the model category page, check the Free checkbox, and filter for free models.
Be aware that some premium models will still show up as advertisement.

Downloading a free model at CGtrader_02

I chose this Earth model for downloading.

Downloading a free model at CGtrader_03

Click Free download.

Downloading a free model at CGtrader_04

In the next step, there will be downloads for each file. Choose the files you need. I chose the FBX file.

Downloading a free model at CGtrader_05

Importing the downloaded model to STYLY

Once the 3D model is ready, lets import it to STYLY and check how it looks.
Login to STYLY, and create a scene. To learn how to create a STYLY account, please read the following article.

This article introduces the steps to create an account.

STYLY top page

Go through steps ①>② to go to the import screen.
Once the model is uploaded, click the model that appears in My Models.

STYLY 3D model import screen

From the downloaded data, import the following 2 to STYLY.

Data you need to import


You can see that it was imported successfully. The model has a built in animation, and rotates like a globe.


The map texture is shown too, and you should be able to read the letters.




How was my article? I thought that CGtrader is a huge 3D model site, and that it is very organized. It has an ecosystem where users can find jobs for creating models, and buying the models, so I think that those who are interested should check out this site.