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3D Model File Format Conversion

3D modeling is an incredibly versatile and powerful tool for creating stunning visual content, but one of the biggest challenges that 3D modelers face is managing the many different file formats that are used in the industry. In this blog post, we'll explore the topic of 3D model file format conversion, discussing what it is, why it matters, and some of the tools and techniques that you can use to optimize your workflow.

First, let's start with the basics: what is 3D model file format conversion? At its simplest, it refers to the process of taking a 3D model that is saved in one file format and converting it into another file format. For example, you might have a 3D model that is saved as an OBJ file, but you need to convert it to an FBX file in order to import it into a different software program. In this case, you would use a 3D file format converter to perform the conversion.

So why does file format conversion matter? There are a few key reasons. First, different software programs and platforms use different file formats, so if you want to work with 3D models across multiple tools, you need to be able to convert your files as needed. Additionally, some file formats are better suited for certain purposes than others. For example, an STL file is commonly used for 3D printing, while a GLTF file is optimized for web-based applications. Being able to convert between file formats can help you to optimize your models for the specific applications you need them for.

Now that we've covered the basics of 3D model file format conversion, let's explore some of the tools and techniques that you can use to make the process as efficient and effective as possible. There are a few key things to keep in mind:

Choose the right file format: Before you even start working with a 3D model, it's important to choose the right file format based on your needs. This can help you to avoid unnecessary conversions down the line, and ensure that your model is optimized for your specific use case.

Use high-quality 3D file format converters: There are many different tools available for converting 3D model file formats, but not all of them are created equal. Look for high-quality, reliable tools that offer a range of options and features, and that are designed to work with the specific file formats you need.

Pay attention to file size and quality: When you convert a 3D model from one file format to another, you may experience some loss of quality or detail, or changes in the file size. Be sure to pay attention to these factors, and make any necessary adjustments to optimize your models for the platforms and applications you'll be using them in.

Test your models thoroughly: Finally, it's always a good idea to test your models thoroughly after converting them to a new file format. This can help you to identify any issues or errors that may have been introduced during the conversion process, and ensure that your models are functioning as intended.

In conclusion, 3D model file format conversion is an important and often overlooked aspect of 3D modeling, but it doesn't have to be a source of frustration or confusion. By choosing the right file formats, using high-quality converters, paying attention to file size and quality, and testing your models thoroughly, you can optimize your workflow and ensure that your 3D models are ready for any platform or application.

South China Sea Man-Made Island

South China Sea man-made island naval base 3D model. Island is approximately 2.1km squared. Based on Woody Island in the Paracel chain in the South China Sea ("Yongxing" to the Chinese, and "Phu Lam" to the Vietnamese.) The island is controlled by the Chinese military, but also claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan. SAM and anti-ship missiles have been moved to the island in 2017. The 2.7km runway on the island is capable of landing 4th generation military jets.

This asset makes an ideal accompaniment to our range of Chinese ships and aircraft.

Texture Res: Island terrain texture at 6k x 6k. Generic concrete and forest textures at 512 and 256 square respectively. 3DSMax version contains procedural ocean surface, and render set-up (lights and cameras).

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Arleigh Burke FlightIII Destroyer 3D Model

Arleigh Burke Class Flight III Destroyer, DDG-125 'USS Jack H. Lucas' of the US Navy. This model has passed the Turbosquid 'Checkmate Pro' and 'Stemcell' standards. Model uses single 4096 square diffuse texture, plus similar resolution specular, gloss and normal maps. Part of a huge related collection available from ES3DStudios. A full set of PBR textures are also available for this model.

All renders created with the 3ds Max mental ray renderer. Texture Res: Single 4096 square diffuse, specular, glossiness and normal maps. Extra PBR maps include metallic, roughness, albedo and AO.

Native format is 3ds Max 2017. No 3rd party plugins required. Please note: textures are included only in the 3ds Max archive (download this file with whatever format you require).

LODs are available for this model (25% poly count, not included). This model is not intended for subdivision. Light rig not included. Built to real world scale. Units used are meters. Ocean environment no included.

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Turbosquid Selling Tips

We’re often asked what’s the secret to selling models successfully on a 3Dstock site such as Turbosquid. While there is no magic formula to success, there are a set of best practices which will help you maximize your income. Here’s what we’ve learned in over 16 years of selling 3D stock online.

1.) Quality Over Quantity

Turbosquid in particular is incredibly competitive these days. There are 42k sellers and 500k models available. The quality threshold for making any sales is increasing all the time. Your goal should always be to be ‘best of breed’ for one particular category of model. If you’re not, lowering prices will not get you very far.

3D Model ES3DStudios

2.) Pricing

One of the hardest things for newcomers to get right. Undervaluing your models in the hope of getting bulk sales is not a recipe for success. Turbosquid is not a ‘volume market’. Even superstar models will never sell more than a couple a month. Most assets do well to sell a couple a year. The majority of models on Turbosquid have never sold and never will. With this in mind, it’s not really worth uploading anything for less than $50. There will always be a better use of your time than publishing at the low end of the market. ‘Quality’ beats ‘cheap’ every time. Also, many customers sort by price as a quick way of sorting by ‘quality’.

3.) Formats

Publish in as many 3D formats as possible to maximize your market. 3DSMax is a must. Maya and C4D are both highly recommended. Interchange formats are arguably the most important of all, as almost everyone can import OBJ, 3DS and FBX files. But keep in-mind that interchange formats will often lose app specific information, such as procedural materials or character rigging.

3D Model Ships

4.) Research

Even if you have a model already made for another project, but especially if you’re intending to create in order to publish on Turbosquid, take the time to search existing models in that field. What is the quality like? What are the prices? What is the volume? Do you feel you can compete with what’s already out there? It’s rarely worth building from scratch just to publish on Turbosquid. Keep in mind that some brands, such as BMW, Ford, Boeing and FIFA either place restrictions on how you can publish their IP on Turbosquid (Editorial Licesnse), or block you at all.

5.) Presentation

Your customers are professional artists in a hurry (largely). Image quality is what they’re looking for. Most often they have a client or boss they’re trying to impress. If you can’t impress them, through the quality of your presentation images, then you’re not going to get the sale. Don’t skimp on render quality. Produce plenty of clear, bright presentation images of the model, and plenty of wireframes. If you include elements in the renders that are not included in your download, make sure you point this out in the text. Don’t try to sell half-finished models.

3D Model City

6.) Description Text and Meta Data

Give your asset a completely thorough description. This builds confidence in the buyer that you understand the subject matter and the technical details of the model you’re presenting. Ensure the poly and vertex count are filled, and that the other meta data fields are filled accurately. Don’t spam keywords, this works against you.

7.) Exclusive or Non-Exclusive

Turbosquid offers artists a higher royalty % if you agree to publish only with them (40% for non-exclusive, rising to 60% if you’re in ‘The Guild’ ). If you’re new to 3DStock publishing, with little data to go on, this is a hard decision to make. Turbosquid’s main competitor – CGTrader – is growing all the time, and offers some great incentives. Since different sites can suit different artists and model collections, we’d suggest trying a few at first. It’s easy enough to go exclusive with the one you prefer at a later date.

8.) Be Patient

If you’ve uploaded a handful of models, don’t expect instant sales. Best for forget about them for 3 months, then check back to see how they’re doing. Most models published to Turbosquid have never sold, and never will. Stock 3D is not a high volume business. Don’t expect instant success. Don’t stress about filling the banking or tax forms until you’re getting your first sales.

Turbosquid Stock 3D Models