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Skeleton 3D Model – 5 Best Sources for Skeletal Systems

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by Jacob Greenburg
Mar 20, 2019
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People use 3D models in many more application areas than 3D printing, including medicine, education, and animation. Make your project perfect using this list of the best 3D skeleton model sources.

Best Skeleton 3D Model Sources Not So Spooky

A dinosaur skeleton.
A dinosaur skeleton. Source: k44dev / blendermarket.com

3D computer models have a long history of being used in everything from education to entertainment. Especially belonging to the former category are models of skeletal systems, whether human or animal.

In this article, we present a number of skeleton model sources. Some give 3D printable models, others give textbook quality anatomy. Some even offer custom options for animation and app development.

We also have an article on 3D printed skeletons, in case you’re interested in checking out some of our favorite skeleton-themed 3D printable models. Otherwise, let’s get to the jaw-dropping sources!

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Best Skeleton 3D Model Sources TurboSquid

A selection of TurboSquid models.
A selection of TurboSquid models. Source: turbosquid.com

Also great for free 3D character models, TurboSquid offers a large assortment of human skeleton models as well as an impressive selection of animal skeletons. On this site, there are free and paid options, catering to a range of use cases.

With over 1,700 results, you can easily find anything from a simple skull to models that include the various circulatory or muscle groups. So many options can be daunting, but one of the great features of this database is the ability to filter according to polygon count, cost, file type, rigged, or animated. 

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Best Skeleton 3D Model Sources Zygote

Part of the human skeleton.
Part of the human skeleton. Source: zygote.com

The people behind Zygote and its incredible 3D models tout themselves as the “creators of the world’s leading 3D human anatomy models for use in medical illustration, animation, engineering, simulation, and anatomy software products.” 

Such anatomical detail does come at a premium of $4,060 for their male skeleton listed on the website. However, based on the praise they’ve received from academics, they do not disappoint.

If you’re looking for a professional, anatomically correct human skeleton, check out Zygote’s impressive offerings.

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Best Skeleton 3D Model Sources Intervoke

A model of a spinal injury.
A model of a spinal injury. Source: Intervoke / sketchfab.com

Similar to Zygote, Intervoke is a high-end modeling company that features full 3D models, animations, and even direct app and simulation programming. If you’re looking for a custom application, you can directly contact them to begin the development process. 

Their animations are some of the most impressive in human biology. If you have the chance, take a look at their YouTube channel.

They don’t openly list their prices as all of their models are directed toward your specific application. However, if you’re looking to impress a client or make the next killer app, Invoke is definitely worth investigating.

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Best Skeleton 3D Model Sources CGTrader

A selection of CGTrader models.
A selection of CGTrader models. Source: CGTrader

No 3D model list would be complete without including CGTrader, a model database composed of artists selling their own model creations. What’s great about a user-based community like this is the amount of diversity available to you. If you’re looking for a cheap model for an animated scene or a high-quality zombie horde, this website gives you options.

CGTrader also offers filters for animated, 3D printable, rigged, or direct filetype requirements. Lastly, their database search is robust and allows you to use your own keywords.

Currently, they’re offering an introductory bonus of $20 for new accounts that sign up.

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Best Skeleton 3D Model Sources Free3D

A selection from Free3D.
A selection from Free3D. Source: free3d.com

Free3D allows creators to sell their content for commercial purposes. Similar to the other community-based websites, they have a robust search engine with filters and file options. What sets Free3D apart is the way to divide the results between free and premium using tabs at the top of the page.

Looking for a free model of an animal skeleton, or would you prefer instead to pay for a premium model? Free3D makes the transition and comparison between options a breeze.

Feature image source: Matt Briggs / creativebloq.com

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