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Who buys 3D models?
show user profile  DarkSpyda04
I'm just curious about the type of people that visit sites like TurboSquid and purchase a 3D model of for example an airplane for $500. If we're talking about companies, what types of companies? Why don't these people make their own models?
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9/11/2014 2:06:11 AM (last edit: 9/11/2014 2:06:11 AM)
show user profile  Error404
I've worked at several companies who would buy a turbo squid model every now and then when they needed something quick for a previs render for a commercial, alot of times previs doesn't have time to model something.

So if you need a decent model of a firetruck all textured, shaded and ready to go. It would be cheaper to buy it for a few hundred rather than pay for an artist's time to make it right there, as well as having to wait however long it takes them to make it. Pay for the model, download it, and it's in your previs scene in just 2 minutes.

Once the previs is done, and the full project starts, usually the models were scrapped and re-done. Usually because either the turbosquid model wasn't high enough detail or wasn't accurate enough, or the model wasn't specifically what was needed for the project, but it was close enough to get the idea across for the previs. But for the previs it was worth the price. -

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9/11/2014 2:14:52 AM (last edit: 9/11/2014 2:25:55 AM)
show user profile  Sajith83
I work in Archiviz for an Aussie company and we buy models from TS based on custom projects,

For example a client wants the latest BMW Gran Coupe out front in his driveway and is willing to bear the cost. We ain't gonna model that shit inhouse.

We buy loads of stuff from Design Connected.
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9/11/2014 5:54:38 AM (last edit: 9/11/2014 5:54:38 AM)
show user profile  STRAT
also working in arc viz we buy models on a regular bases from places like TS, dosch and evemotion.


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9/11/2014 9:06:32 AM (last edit: 9/11/2014 9:06:32 AM)
show user profile  owtdor
In creating animations for court cases, I always tried to buy anything that made my workflow faster. When I would need a particular make and model of a vehicle, I would search it out on TurboSquid and then see if there was a wireframe I could look at to verify how much editing the model needs. Taking into account how much my time is billed at, combined with how long it would take me to make that same model, I could calculate if the model saved the client money. If it did, I would buy it and then get reimbursed at the end of the project.
In some cases it would literally save thousands.

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9/11/2014 9:10:50 AM (last edit: 9/11/2014 9:10:50 AM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
I buy a lot of automotive models. Much cheaper than spending the time making them.

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9/11/2014 9:17:47 AM (last edit: 9/11/2014 9:17:47 AM)
show user profile  herfst1
I sometimes pay for models, only a one-off basis... but that's only when I don't have time or couldn't be bothered to get dressed, showered, shaved and go out and try to pick them up the old-school way. Or is that the new school way? They say prostitution is the oldest profession, I disagree, I reckon hunting is.
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9/11/2014 9:25:34 AM (last edit: 9/11/2014 9:25:34 AM)
show user profile  FX
Purely to save time, ie: just got asked to make an iPhone6 case, found an iPhone6 model on squid for $ as chips....easy choice :)

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9/11/2014 11:11:22 AM (last edit: 9/11/2014 11:11:22 AM)
show user profile  reeves1984
We buy them quite often, and they're usually shite

Evermotion ones are good though

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9/11/2014 11:30:52 AM (last edit: 9/11/2014 11:30:52 AM)
show user profile  Dave
I've gone looking to buy some stuff on more than one occasion but I've yet to find anything worth paying for*.

*I know there's a lot of good stuff out there, but I'm only ever interested in low poly, efficiently textured models.

"I flew over Egypt once"

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9/11/2014 11:38:35 AM (last edit: 9/11/2014 11:38:35 AM)
show user profile  FX
Oh yeah and what reeves said....I was sent a squid model by a client to render and the quality was abysmal even though it was CheckMate Lite Certified.
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9/11/2014 11:59:40 AM (last edit: 9/11/2014 11:59:40 AM)
show user profile  Sangre
Didn't know the CheckMate models can be shite. TurboSquid is advertised as the market with the biggest database, but I don't see why it's considered a good thing. It only means you'll have to look harder to find good stuff among the crappy/mediocre pile of models. Even with wireframe shots provided there's no way of knowing the quality of the model is high which most likely scares most buyers off. I think self publishing is not a good thing in this case. Maybe they should clean up their content and start curating? Most likely both the clients and the artists would win.
Every now and then I consider an idea of going 100% for creating content to sell on TurboSquid and similar websites. Looks kinda risky coz there's no guarantee of the model being sold enough times to pay off.
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9/11/2014 12:37:26 PM (last edit: 9/11/2014 12:37:26 PM)
show user profile  khamski
I buy characters and cars but not from turbosquid.
Although i once bought a car made buy Squir that i saw at turbosquid.
But i went at his own shop and bought it there.

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9/11/2014 1:10:03 PM (last edit: 9/11/2014 1:10:03 PM)
show user profile  Sangre
Hope you liked it. We're working our asses of to provide good quality.
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9/11/2014 2:00:48 PM (last edit: 9/11/2014 2:00:48 PM)
show user profile  khamski
It was okay but i had to tweak it a bit with help of Image Modeller.
Very cool stuff.
Here is old, dusty WIP thread at 3d center.

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9/11/2014 5:23:26 PM (last edit: 9/11/2014 5:25:01 PM)
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