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Free 3D models: 25 quality assets for your CG projects

Sourcing high-quality free 3D models saves you time as it means you don't have to sculpt and texture every object individually. By heading to one of the many sites that offer every type of 3D asset you can imagine, you can collect the finest pre-made models available, so you can dress a detailed, realistic scene.

Not all of the free 3D models out there are necessarily up to scratch for your next project, so we've made things easier for you by hunting through the offerings and found the very best free 3D models for you to use. We've covered models for interior design, exterior design, people and animals, objects, vehicles, characters you'll know (think Daleks) and, finally, where you can find the best collections. Just use the jump links (above) to head to the section you need, or browse the whole list.

If free 3D models aren't enough and you need textures too, we've got that covered with our pick of the best free textures. And if you want some advice on how to use your freebies, see our best 3D modelling software roundup. 

Interior design

01. 3D wooden chair model 

3d models: wooden chair

(Image credit: Cheeseee)

This free 3D model of a wooden chair is simple yet elegant. It includes high textures with maps, and textures are UV mapped for easy editing. It's available over at Turbosquid, where there are a range of other free and paid-for 3D models available across a range of subjects. 

02. Interior design collection

Free 3D models: Model Dezign

Dress your house up to the nines

Model Dezign has a range of top-quality free 3D models that will dress your 3D house up to the nines. With intricate models ranging from an interior door to a wooden bedside table, you'll find almost everything you need to make a realistic 3D house scene. The models come in all major file formats, and if you register for free you will have access to the growing range of 3D models.

In case you can't find everything you want here, Model Dezign also offers a custom 3D model building service where it will build anything you need to your exact specification.

03. Lamp

Free 3D models: 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.

04. Stained glass chandelier

Free 3D models: Chandelier

This art deco style light shade will add a vibrant pop to your designs (Image credit: SatoyaSan)

This beautiful chandelier is built to real-life scale, and would be a vibrant addition to an indoor scene. It comes in 3ds Max 2018, FBX and 3DS format.

Exterior design

05. House

Free 3D models: 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.

06. Plants

Free 3D models: 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. You'll need to register to get the models, and download formats include .obj as well as files for use in Maya, 3ds Max, Cinema 4D, Vue, Terragen 2, modo and Lighwave.

07. Earth Planet Ultra HD model

Free 3D models: Earth

You are here (Image credit: konstantinledionor18)

This realistic Planet Earth render includes an Earth Layer, a Cloud Layer and an Atmosphere Layer. You also get bump textures, an ultra-fine photorealistic image texture, a +-2k a map of the earth, clouds and a glare map. Plus, an atmospheric texture colour that should be set manually. 

People and animals

08. Male anatomy

Free 3D models: Male anatomy

Download the model to find out just how anatomically correct it is

If you're working with human figures, then a good anatomy reference is an essential thing to have nearby, and this free model could be just the thing you need. Stripped of pesky skin and hair to reveal the muscles beneath, this real-world scale model human comes as a full scene with cameras, lights and render settings, and it's ready to play with in Cinema 4D R19 and ZBrush 4R7.

09. Wolf

Free 3D models: Wolf

Pet with extreme care

Get a load of this good boy. This fully rigged wolf model comes with all the textures and materials you're going to need, and it's already animated, making it perfect to drop into any gaming project. Best of all, it's good to go with loads of 3D packages and game engines, so whether you're working in Blender or Unity, you'll find a download to suit you.

10. One-of-a-kind spider

Free 3D models: spider

Boo!

One for the arachnophiles, here. This detailed spider model isn't based on any actual species of spider, but it looks good enough to give anyone a fright. The Cinema 4D version comes with two light and environment setups that you can switch between in the Layer menu, while the converted OBJ file has two versions – with or without hairs.

11. Goldfish

Free 3D models: 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 user Heidycurbelo. 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.

12. T-Rex

Free 3D models: 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).

Objects

13. Wine glasses

Free 3D models: wine glasses

Save yourself lots of time by downloading these free 3D wine glass models (Image credit: Black Jaguar)

Creating realistic looking glass in 3D is both tricky and time-consuming. Here, the hard work been done for you with this set of red and white wine glasses. The glasses are adjustable in a few ways, including the shape.

14. Ramirez classic guitar

Free 3D models: guitar

This detailed classical guitar looks worthy of a quick strum

It's easy enough to find any number of ropey electric guitar models online, but if your tastes don't run to Flying Vs and knock-off Strats, this glorious acoustic model, based on a Ramirez classical guitar, ought to do nicely. It comes in OBJ, 3ds and blend format, and even has its own stand.

Vehicles

15. NASA space shuttle

Free 3D models: 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 like this shuttle. 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.

16. Mini Cooper

Free 3D models: 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.

17. Tricycle

Free 3D models: 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 that 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.

18. Truck

Free 3D models: 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.

19. Bugatti Chiron

Free 3D models: Chiron model

This 3D model's probably a lot less hassle to own than a real Chiron, anyway

The chances of you ever actually owning a Bugatti Chiron – or even a second-hand Veyron – may be pretty slim, but if you feel the need to validate your existence by being seen near one, here's your best bet. 

Download this excellent recreation, built in Blender by Kimz Auto, render it up and paste yourself in next to it, and Bob's your midlife crisis-afflicted uncle.

Characters

20. Wall-E

Free 3D models: Wall-E model

Aww, look at him. Couldn't you just take him home?

This painstaking reproduction of everyone's favourite junkyard robot is the work of Corey Drake,and he's done an impressive job. It's fully rigged and ready for animation, it comes in Maya and mental ray formats, and it's UV mapped with all textures and materials included, so it's basically good to go as soon as you've downloaded it. Like all these models, make sure you check the usage licence. 

21. Dalek

Free 3D models: dalek

It's a 2005 model Dalek so yes, it can go upstairs

Sharp-eyed Doctor Who fans will have instantly noted that this high-poly model for 3ds Max and V-Ray is a 2005 Dalek rather than one of the classic models. It's a good vintage, we reckon; much better than 2010's brightly-coloured New Paradigm models, and plenty threatening.

22. BB-8

Free 3D models: BB-8

Isn't he adorable? BB-8 here is ready rigged for animation

Everyone's favourite droid from Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been recreated and made available for free from Free3D. This BB-8 model by Steve Lalonde is rigged two different ways for animation purposes and comes complete with high quality textures, and it's available on .obj, .max and .fbx formats.

23. The Other Nefertiti

Free 3D models: Nefertiti

This Nefertiti was scanned on the sly and released for free. Fight the power!

The famous ancient Egyptian bust of Queen Nefertiti is the subject of an ongoing ownership dispute between Germany and Egypt, and is on display in Berlin's Neues Museum where photography of it is prohibited.

But now it's available as 'The Other Nefertiti', a 3D-printed reproduction of the bust for display in Cairo, under a Creative Commons licence. It's free for download as 100MB torrent containing a super-detailed .stl file, or as a 20MB .obj file that you can download directly.

Collections of free 3D models

24. PixelLab freebies

Free 3D models: PixelLab

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.

25. Turbosquid 3D models collection

free 3D model collection

There's a lot to choose from on Turbosquid's website (Image credit: Turbosquid)

Turbosquid has a range of collections of 3D models, including those for archviz, cars, plants and Apple electronics. Like always, make sure you check the licence terms before using these free 3D models in your projects. 

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