25 top free 3D models

Pushed for time on your latest 3D project? Need a helping hand? Check out these 30 brilliant free resources to help you on your endeavour.

Anyone who practises 3D art knows it can be an incredibly time consuming process, so help in the form of ready-made 3D models is always welcome. In recent years, a large number of websites have appeared offering just that and, while you have to pay for the majority of them, there are many free 3D models online too. You just have to know where to look.

Here, we scoured the web and found a selection of free resources, which will hopefully save you time on your next project. Enjoy!

01. PixelLab

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Joren Kandel has a vast collection of 3D models available to download for free

3D artist Joren Kandel runs PixelLab, a blog focused on motion graphics. Having worked in the industry for nine years now, he's built up a large collection of 3D assets, many of which he generously offers as a free download.

All you need to do is sign up to his newsletter and wait for an invitation to access his 3D model freebies, in which you'll find everything from Christmas decorations and digital camera lenses to robots and architecture.

02. Bicycle

Use this free model to start creating your own 3D bike design

Get your characters fit and healthy with this free bicycle model from Quality 3D models. This free .max file provides a great starting point for you to create your own personal 3D bike design.

03. Medieval house

Save time by populating your medieval scenes with this cool house model

Populate your medieval scenes with this traditional house from TF3DM. This cool download comes available in .3ds, .obj, .c4d and .3dm formats.

04. Goldfish

Bring your underwater scenes to life with this free goldfish model

Bring your underwater scenes to life with this free goldfish model from Turbosquid. Available in .max and .3ds formats, this asset includes all textures and materials and should be used in accordance with Turbosquid's royalty free license.

05. Orient watch

Accesorise your characters in style with this free orient watch model

Need to accesorise your characters? Check out this free orient watch model from Turbosquid. Ready rigged and including all materials and textures, this .max file is available for use under a royalty free license.

06. UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter

Download this cool UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter totally free from TF3DM

TF3DM offer thousands of 3D models that you can download absolutely for free. And this cool UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter is one of them. The four-bladed, twin-engine, medium-lift utility helicopter is available in .3ds, .obj, .mb, .lwo and .max formats and free for personal use only.

07. Daft Punk helmets

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The Greyscalegorilla team created these brilliant, free 3D models to celebrate Daft Punk's new album

To celebrate the official release of a Daft Punk album, the Greyscalegorilla team decided to give away these professionally modeled Daft Punk helmet models for Cinema 4D. Texture and ready to render, incorporate these free 3D models into your sci-fi designs.

08. Epoca Selva table

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Add some designer furniture to your scene with this beautiful free 3D model

After some designer furniture for your scene? Then look no further than this Epoca Selva table model, created by 3D designer Evgeny. The free 3D model is available in .fbx, .obj and .3ds formats and comes complete with materials and textures.

09. Wine glasses

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Save yourself lots of time by downloading these free 3D wine glass models

Creating realistic looking glass in 3D is both tricky and time-consuming. Here, 3D artist Mihai Panait has done the hard work for you, creating a set of various-shaped wine glasses. Available in .max, .obj and .3ds formats, the models are offered for use under a standard royalty free license.

10. 1953 Cadillac Eldorado

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This free 3D model by Curro Astorza is a sweet ride

Based in Barcelona, 3D illustrator Curro Astorza is the man behind this detailed 1953 Cadillac Eldorado. The free 3D model is available to download in both XSI scene and .obj formats. The asset is free for use in both personal and commercial projects.

11. Turbo sonic car

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Turbosquid has hundreds of free 3D models on offer, including this cool turbo sonic car

TurboSquid is the largest library of 3D products in the world. You have to pay for the vast majority of its catalogue, but they also offer hundreds of free 3D models for download, this cool turbo sonic car being one of them.

12. Glasses

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Want your characters to rock the Harry Potter look? Grab this free glasses download from Turbosquid

Ok, so it's not the most exciting model ever. But creating convincing looking glass in 3D is no easy task. So, if you fancy completing your character with the Harry Potter look, save yourself some time and hassle and grab this free glasses download instead. Note: only for use in 3ds Max.

13. iPhone 4

iPhone 4

This ultrarealistic model of an iPhone 4 was created by 3D artist Anders Kjellberg of Dogday Design. Offering it as a free download, the zip includes a file for Cinema 4D R11.5 (with textures) and an .obj (untextured). The model is free for both personal and commercial use but conditions apply. Check Kjellberg's site for full details.

14. Nasa space shuttle

Create your own space adventure with Nasa's extensive range of free 3D models

For everything space related, head over to the Nasa website where you'll find an extensive library of free 3D models. There's astronauts, lunar modules, satellites and more. Most models are in the common .3ds format but there are also .lwo, .fbx, or .obj formats available in some cases. Usage guidelines apply.

15. House

Find this free cool house model at ShareCG.com

This cool house is offered by ShareCG, the site that hosts the web's largest collection of free computer graphics resources including thousands of free 3D CG Models. The house is offered as an untextured .obj file but the download includes separate material files for easy texturing. Note: registration to the site is required to download models.

16. Plants

Download over 100 free plant and tree models courtesy of vegetation generator application Xfrog

Help yourself to 130 free plant and tree models from Xfrog, the vegetation-generation application. Choose from a list of 30 species, then click the 'Try before you buy' button for a free model. Download formats include .obj as well as files for use in Maya, 3ds Max, Cinema 4D, Vue, Terragen 2, modo and Lighwave.

17. Cinema 4D model pack

Find all of these models in this brilliant free pack from the guys at Greyscalegorilla

This brilliant collection of free Cinema 4D models from the Greyscalegorilla community are copyright free and ready to be used in your project. The pack includes everything from a VW camper to a Lego man from various 3D artists, including Rob Redman of Pariah Studios. There is also an accompanying demo video and details on how to install the pack.

18. Lamp

Download this free wall lamp to use in any 3D interior project

Not the most exciting of models, we know, but one of those items that will always come in handy. This wall lamp is provided by online store 3D Export, where you can buy and sell models, as well as find a library of other useful free items. This lamp, offered as a .obj file, was created using 3ds Max 2010 and rendered in V-Ray 1.5.

19. Truck

Visit TurboSquid for all your 3D model needs

Digital media supply company Turbosquid has literally thousands of 3D models available to purchase. But they also offer a percentage of them absolutely free of charge, although you do have to register with the site to take advantage of this service. This brilliant truck model comes in available in .c4d, .xml, .fbx, .ma, .mb and .obj formats. Photoshop textures are also available for this model. Available on a standard royalty free license.

20. Robot

Download this cool robot character free of charge at The Free 3D models

This cool character is available at 3D asset supplier The Free 3D Models. There site has a huge selection of products, organised into categories, with everything from furniture and plants to food and animals. One of our favourites is this little robot model, which is available as a .obj file.

21. T-Rex

Create your own version of Jurassic Park with this awesome, free T-Rex model

This awesome model is another from digital media supply company Turbosquid. Registration is required to download and it should be noted that this asset is only available for versions of Lightwave 7.5 and above (formats .lwo, .lw and .lws).

22. Mini

Download this cool Mini model for free from 3D digital art site Oyonale

Oyonale is a site about computer graphics and digital art and has a section dedicated to free 3D models. Included in this section is this brilliant Mini model, which is available either in .obj format or .c4d, the latter of which includes textures and UV templates. 

23. Female head

This female head model offered by Turbosquid provides a great start for any character or sculpting work

From the over 300 free models offered by Turbosquid, included is this female head, which acts a great starting point for any 3D character or sculpting work. Available as a .max file, the site also has a male head available. 

24. Tricycle

Check out Flying Architecture to download this cool tricycle and many more free 3D assets

This gorgeous little retro tricycle was created by 3D artist Ivan Málek, who then shared it on Flying Architecture - a CG site, which provides 3D models, materials and textures. This particular model is available for use with Rhino and Modo and there is also a .obj file for download.

25. Eames chair

Add a bit of designer class to your 3D project with this cool Eames chair courtesy of Rob Redman

Add a bit of designer class to your 3D creations with this iconic Eames chair, courtesy of Pariah Studios. Founder Rob Redman has generously offered this iconic post-war chair free of charge. File formats available are .3ds, .c4d and .fbx. Textures are also included.

Have you seen any cool, free 3D models recently? Let us know in the comments!

This is an updated version of an article that previously appeared on Creative Bloq.

Words: Kerrie Hughes

Kerrie Hughes is content manager at Creative Bloq.

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