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Blender 3D Models – 5 Best Sites to Look for Free Designs

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by Jaime Rios Velasco
Feb 18, 2019

Blender 3D Models – 5 Best Sites to Look for Free Designs

Blender has the capability of importing many types of 3D models; .obj, .stl, .cae, .fbx etc. In this article, you will be able to read about some pages which offer both free and paid 3D models for you to use in Blender.

Blender 3D Models .blend Files

Lollipops created in a .blend file.
Lollipops created in a .blend file. Source: Blenderfile

Blender is a program that gives you the freedom to design your own 3D models and export them to be 3D printed.

The files for Blender 3D models are meant to be opened with Blender, a free, open source 3D creation suite. Since it is free and has a fairly easy-to-use interface, Blender is very accessible to hobbyists and beginners for projects in all sizes.

The program can be used to create a wide range of projects, from posters and 3D animations to water simulations.

Blender projects are saved into blender files and they end in “.blend” format.

A cool thing you can do in Blender is pack all your projects’ objects, textures and settings into a single Blend file, just like a normal save, in just a few clicks.

This lets you share all your creations made in Blender without having to include separate folders for the textures and so on.

And this freedom means there are thousands of users creations on the internet you can download, for free or paid, for you to use in your projects. Keep reading to know more about the best places to find these files.

Blender 3D Models 1. Blendswap

Most of Blendswap's models are free, but some ask for a payment to download them.
Most of Blendswap's models are free, but some ask for a payment to download them. Source: Blendswap

Blendswap is one of the most popular pages known amongst Blender enthusiasts. 

Blendswap offers a large variety of 3D models that you can download in the form of .blend files. These can then be opened with Blender, either directly or by appending the files from the projects you downloaded to your own ones. 

Most of the models are free, but some others will ask you for a payment in order to download. 

You will need to create an account in order to download models, and normal users are limited to 20 downloads per month. So, think twice about what models you need to download.

There is also the option to purchase a premium subscription. For €5 for one day, you can make use of unlimited downloads. You can also take advantage of unlimited downloads for €10 a month or €80 a year.

Blender 3D Models 2. Turbosquid

Turbosquid's paid models vary in price and range between €1 to over €3,000.
Turbosquid's paid models vary in price and range between €1 to over €3,000. Source: Turbosquid

Turbosquid offers one of the greatest repertoires of 3D models for users to download, but you do need to create an account in order to download the models. 

It contains files both for a fee and free. The paid models vary in price and range between €1 to over €3,000. 

Most of the models in Turbosquid offer different types of download formats depending on what platform you want to use them on. 

In this case, if you are looking for Blender models, it’s as easy as clicking the “3D models” tab on top of their homepage, and then clicking “Blender models”. This will take you to their section of the page where you can choose between thousands of Blender models. 

At a first glance, it will seem like all the models cost money, but by clicking on the “related” bar, where it says “Free blender models”, you will find all the free available 3D models for Blender.

Blender 3D Models 3. Thingiverse

Thingiverse is one of the biggest 3D printing platforms for users to share their creations.
Thingiverse is one of the biggest 3D printing platforms for users to share their creations. Source: Thingiverse

Some of you may be already familiar with Thingiverse, one of the biggest 3D printing platforms for users to share their creations.

Although not specifically related to Blender, Thingiverse offers models in several compatible formats, including .stl. 

Thingiverse has millions of these files, letting you download free 3D models to open in Blender. 

You will most likely not have any textures or rigs attached to the models, which makes Thingiverse a little less than ideal, however, we are still mentioning it in this list due to the sheer amount of models it offers. Most importantly, they are all free and you are not required to create an account in order to download the models. 

Blender 3D Models 4. Blender Nation

Blender Nation offers more services beyond just hosting model downloads.
Blender Nation offers more services beyond just hosting model downloads. Source: Blender Nation

Although it offers a relatively small number of models compared to the previously mentioned sites, Blender Nation is still a reliable source to download models for Blender. 

It offers more services beyond just hosting model downloads. Though it can be a bit hard to find the downloads for the 3D models at first, once you get used to navigating through the page its easy peasy.

To get to their models, go to the homepage, click the “Art” section and from the drop-down menu click on “Models & rigs”. Tada! 

Blender Nation is a great place to be if you want to integrate yourself in with the Blender community. It’s more than a model download site, it’s a place you can find plugins for Blender, videos and tutorials on some of the most interesting Blender projects made, find forums to talk with other Blender enthusiasts and share your ideas together.

Blender 3D Models 5. CGTrader

CGTrader has both free and paid models and you need to create an account to download the model files.
CGTrader has both free and paid models and you need to create an account to download the model files. Source: CGTrader

Just like Turbosquid, CGTrader offers a variety of downloadable models in many formats, including .blend. 

It has both free and paid models and you need to create an account to download the model files. 

You can also sell your 3D models for up to 80% of the revenue.

Another cool thing about CGTrader is that you are rewarded with 20 “CGTrader Credits” to spend on 3D models. This can be really helpful to make a good start into obtaining 3D models from them.

The experience using this page is quite similar to Turbosquid. It has an easy-to-use menu, and will require lots of scrolling once you have filtered your search. The paid models will likely appear first, so don’t forget to check the “free” box on your search filters! 

Lastly, CGTrader also has a “Community” section with forums, tutorials and blogs, which provides a great opportunity to get to know thousands of designers and collaborate on projects or discuss cool 3D designs!

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