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25 free 3D models

Free 3D models: 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.

Free 3D models: 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.

Free 3D models: 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. Cinema 4D model pack

Free 3D models: various C4D

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, editor of our sister magazine, 3D World. There is also an accompanying demo video and details on how to install the pack.

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