Introduction to TURBOSQUID, a free 3D model site

In this article, I explain a 3D model site ‘TURBOSQUID’ and show how to create your account and download a model from the site. Then, let’s import the downloaded model to STYLY at the end of this tutorial.

What is TURBOSQUID?

TURBOSQUID is a 3D model site where you can download free and paid assets.

It’s an advanced model site for professionals, so it has a wide variety of 3D models. They are classified into a lot of categories and you can filter them by file format when downloading, so the models are ready for use in various fields.

You can access to Japanese website from here.
Japanese website of TURBOSQUID: https://www.turbosquid.com/ja/

About TURBOSQUID website

Create your account

By creating your TURBOSQUID account, you can check your download history of 3D models and purchase history of paid assets. In addition, you can register as a 3D modeller with TURBOSQUID and sell your created models to TURBOSQUID.

Firstly, click the ‘LOGIN/JOIN‘ button in the right top corner of the screen.
Then, it brings up the registration form, so fill the required fields and click ‘Create Account‘.
You will receive a registration confirmation e-mail at the address you entered, which means you have registered your account with TURBOSQUID.

Login & account registration window

 

Once you create your account, the ACCOUNT tab will change into the one for the user logging in, as shown below.

TURBOSQUID’s screen – after logging in

About TURBOSQUID website

When opening the top page of the TURBOSQUID official site, you will find a menu at the top of the screen.
I will introduce some functions, basic and interesting ones.

 

3DMODELS tab

In order to find and download a 3D model, you can access the target category from the 3D MODELS tab in the top menu or find by keyword with the search box at the centre of the screen.

The list on the dark background on the left shows top 3D model categories. The list on the grey background on the right shows data and file types to filter and find models.

3DMODELS tab

 

PIXELSQUID tab

Next, I explain the PIXELSQUID tab.
It has a lot of rendered 2D images generated from 3D models, so you will find the image you need for the scene.

PIXELSQUID tab

 

In the PNG CATEGORIES tab highlighted in the red box below, there are a lot of categories available. As in TURBOSQUID, you can find images by category or with the search box in the top left corner of the screen.

PIXELSQUID – PNG CATEGORIES

 

This time I searched for models by the category ‘ART&MEDIA’ and found the images as shown in the following screenshot. They are 2D images generated from 3D models.

PIXELSQUID – PNG CATEGORIES ‘ART/MEDIA’ #1

 

Click an image. Now you can rotate it to any directions by dragging with the mouse. Once you decide the position of the object, press the ‘PNG‘ or ‘PSD‘ button, which are highlighted in the red box below, to save the data.

PIXELSQUID – PNG CATEGORIES ‘ART/MEDIA’ #2

 

In some cases, it would bring up the download screen as follows.

Free option
> You can download a watermarked PNG data

Paid options
> Purchase all object angles
> Unlimited access to the entire library by monthly subscription

PIXELSQUID – the download screen

The monthly subscription costs as follows.

PIXELSQUID – The price for the monthly subscription

 

By the way, even if you have registered your account with TURBOSQUID, you will be prompted to create your PIXELSQUID account in the case you don’t have it.

PIXELSQUID – The account registration screen

 

Download a model from TURBOSQUID

Once you create your TURBOSQUID account, let’s download a model.

Firstly, click ‘3D MODELS’ to open the category window. Click ‘Free 3D Models‘ in the top left corner of the list on the grey background.

Find a model

 

Download a 3D-model asset. Click the search result to open the download screen.

Download 3D model #1

 

Check the asset to download (①). Then, select the file type to download (②). This time we will download a model in fbx format.
By clicking the file type (②), you can start downloading.

Download 3D model #2

How to download a paid asset

This is an additional explanation of how to download a paid asset.

When you progress to the download screen for a paid asset:

Add to Cart > You can put it in the cart and pay together later.
Buy Now > If you select this option, you will be prompted to enter the credit card information and then you will be able to purchase and download the model.

How to download a paid asset

Import the downloaded model to STYLY

After you get a 3D model prepared, let’s check the final state of the model by importing it to STYLY.
Log in to STYLY and create a VR space. The following article shows how to create your STYLY account.

STYLY – top page

Progress to the import screen by pressing the asset icon (①) and then ‘3D MODEL’ (②).
Once the model is uploaded, click the model added to ‘My Models’.

STYLY – 3D model import screen

 

It has been coloured properly and has no defects of the polygons. I think it’s been imported beautifully.

The uploaded model #1

 

The uploaded model #2

 

How did you find it?

TURBOSQUID is an advanced model site for professionals, so a consistent quality seems to be guaranteed for each model. The models are classified by data types, so I found them ready for immediate use and fairly versatile.

This site would be useful not only for 3D models but for 2D materials.