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Using 3D Model Planes in the Real World

Thursday, September 17th, 2009 by
Plane 3D Model by BlueGreen

3D Plane by Exclusive Artist BlueGreen

People often ask who’s buying 3D models from TurboSquid and why. The most common assumption is that they are for video games, movies, and television. The truth is a lot of 3D content on the site is actually bought by military agencies, the government, and hobbyists. One of the most popular categories purchased is 3D planes. 3D model planes are used in 3D visualizations across many different industries.

The Air Force often relies on 3D models for training for young pilots. Instead of damaging thousands of dollars of equipment and possibly risking a life, they use 3D planes for combat training and experiments. Technicians create scenes using 3D models to help pilots practice air combat maneuvers and tactical formations before they ever get off the ground.

3D Plane by Exclusive Artist 3Dplanemodels

Federal investigators use 3D models as part of forensic research into plane crashes. After collecting data on the make and model of the aircraft, 3D specialists will buy the 3D model planes and airports that closely resemble those involved. They then digitally recreate the event and determine the speed and impact of the plane when it crashed. This process not only helps airlines create safer planes but can also help determine the cause of the crash.

Big among amateur pilots, 3D planes and environments are often used to recreate flight simulations. Whether is a cross-country trip or a simple flight around their hometown, they purchase 3D models for the sole purpose of flight practice. In fact, many amateur pilots use 3D models to help them log flight hours and obtain their commercial pilot license. Computer programs like Microsoft’s Flight Simulator X actually caters to this crowd and allows users to import new 3D plane models directly into the program.

3D Plane by Pedro Faut

3D Plane by Exclusive Artist Pedro Faut

When a category of models appeals to a wide variety of users and industries, it usually ensures that it will be a top seller.  That’s certainly the case with 3D planes.  The demand is consistently high, and TurboSquid is home to some of the top plane modelers in the world.

TurboSquid and New Orleans in the News

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009 by

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Over the past few weeks, TurboSquid and New Orleans have been mentioned by business journalists and bloggers worldwide because of our recent move into the Intellectual Property (IP) building. Formerly the McGlinchey Stafford building, the IP is the focal point for entrepreneurial companies on the verge of the next big thing in the Big Easy. Companies such as iSeatz, Launch Pad, and Carrollton Technology Partners have joined TurboSquid in this Magazine Street building to create a tech center that is being noticed at the local, state and national levels.

Check out all of the recent press that’s mentioned both the IP and TurboSquid:

The Louisiana government has created programs that offer relocation incentives to companies in hopes of further technological development. One such program is the Louisiana Economic Development which offers a 25% tax credit to digital production companies, as well as an additional 10% tax credit for payroll expenditures for employees that are Louisiana residents. We’re hoping that the recognition that the IP building is bringing to the city helps encourage more tech and start-up business to consider setting up shop in New Orleans.

While the effects of Katrina can still be felt throughout New Orleans, it’s great to see the city being represented in such a positive light by the national media. We’re also personally thrilled to see TurboSquid getting such great national recognition – it certainly helps us attract a new audience of buyers and sellers to the site!

New Search Interface Released

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009 by
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As we mentioned a few weeks ago, we’ve been hard at work on the redesign of our search interface.  We’re happy to announce today that the updated search has been officially released to all TurboSquid users!

For those of you that didn’t get a chance to check out the Beta, you’ll find that the new search interface makes it easier than ever to browse our massive catalog of high quality stock 3D content. Sporting a simplified design, the new search gives customers access to custom filtering features.The filter feature allows users to refine results across search terms, and then it immediately updates results based on price, file format, and user rating. For example, a search on the keyword “human” yields 9,391 results. You can immediately see that 7,261 are compatible with 3ds Max, and 7,393 of the total results are priced below $100. Seeing various data helps our users fine-tune their searches to find what they need right away.

Other options include customizing the thumbnail size to suit the user’s visual preference, and the ability to make custom lists of compatible file formats for different kinds of projects.

Now you can search on “human” gets 9,391 results, and can see immediately that 7,261 are compatible with 3ds Max and 7,393 are priced below $100.
Other options include customizing the thumbnail size to suit the user’s visual preference, and the ability to make custom lists of compatible file formats for different kinds of projects.

The results from both the Beta testing period and the early days of the release have been promising -  there has already been a healthy increase in the percentage of customers who are finding products and making a purchase.

Want to try it for yourself? Visit TurboSquid’s New Search Interface now. Type in any keyword and click GO to experience all the new options.

For the official search interface press release, click here.  Let us know what you think!

Habitat for Humanity Build 2009

Monday, August 10th, 2009 by

As many of you may know, TurboSquid organized a Habitat for Humanity build on the weekend before SIGGRAPH 2009. Squids, Autodesk employees and 3D artists put down their laptops and picked up tools to help rebuild a damaged home in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward.  We even had a group of students from Minnestoa drive down to pitch in after seeing an update on our Twitter feed!  It was incredibly hot and the work was hard, but everyone commented on what a fantastic time they had.  Thanks to everyone that turned out and participated.

We’d definitely love to do it again!  Here are some of the pictures of the group at the build site:

To see more of the pictures from the Habitat build and the party, visit our fan page  on Facebook – TurboSquid.

TurboSquid @Siggraph 2009

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 by
After nine years, SIGGRAPH has returned to New Orleans! In that time, TurboSquid has continued to grow as the world’s leading resource for stock 3D models <link>, 3D plugins <link>, and textures <link>. We are extremely excited to be hosting SIGGRAPH 2009 <link> in order to show the 3D industry how much the city has grown since Hurricane Katrina.
To give back, we are also hosting a Habitat for Humanity event called “Squid Build” in New Orleans’Ninth Ward on Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1. As some of you may know, the Ninth Ward was one of the most devastated areas in New Orleans after Katrina and has been the slowest to recover. We are using SIGGRAPH 2009 as a chance to meet other individuals in the 3D industry and celebrate the rebirth of our beloved city.
Not going to be in town until the event days? No prob.  Just stop by booth #3600 <link> for a TurboSquid meet and greet. We’ll be demoing a variety of our Autodesk Certified Animation Plug-ins (ACAPs) <link> by 3D plugin creators such as Node Joe’s Mike McCarthy and Ansi Scherr of Particle Flow Tools fame. Don’t worry, there will also be plenty of Squids swimming around to answer any questions you may have and pass out TurboSquid shirts.
Stay connected with us during the show by following our updates on Twitter, Facebook, and here on the TurboSquid Blog.
SIGGRAPH 2009 is going to be one to remember and as we say in the Big Easy laissez le bon temps rouler “let the good times roll”.
Can’t wait to see you there!

After nine years, SIGGRAPH has returned to New Orleans! We’re excited that the show is back, and feeling a little sentimental.  It was at the 2000 New Orleans show that we officially announced TurboSquid to the world.  In the past 9 years, we have continued to grow as the world’s leading resource for stock 3D models, 3D plugins, and textures. We are extremely excited New Orleans is hosting SIGGRAPH 2009, and can’t wait to show the 3D industry how much the city has grown since Hurricane Katrina.

We felt like that the show would be a great opportunity for us to give something back to the city, so we are also hosting a Habitat for Humanity event that we’re referring to as “The Squid Build.”  The build will take place in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward on Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1. As some of you may know, the Ninth Ward was one of the most devastated areas in New Orleans after Katrina and has been the slowest to recover. We are using SIGGRAPH 2009 as a chance to work with other individuals in the 3D industry and help with the rebirth of our beloved city.

If you can’t make it in early, but are coming to the show, be sure to drop by our booth #3600 and say hi. We’ll be demoing a variety of popular Autodesk Certified Animation Plug-ins (ACAPs) including FumeFX, AfterBurn, NodeJoe, Particle Flow Tools and rtre. We’re pleased that several TurboSquid friends are going to be helping with these demos including Mike McCarthy, who’ll be showing off NodeJoe, as well as particle guru Ansi Scherr who will blow you away with his Particle Flow Tools: Box 2 Pro and Box 3 Pro demos. Don’t miss it. In addition, we’ll be showcasing our new Search interface for 3D content that should help our customers find exactly what they need in less time and make our vendors even more successful. The TurboSquid team will be in full force walking the show floor, so feel free to stop anyone in a TurboSquid shirt and say hello.

Stay connected with us during the show by following our updates on Twitter, Facebook, and here on the TurboSquid Blog.  We’re planning on posting updates and pics from the show floor – if there’s anything you’d like us report on, let us know.

SIGGRAPH 2009 is going to be one to remember and as tourists often shout on Bourbon St - laissez le bon temps rouler – “let the good times roll”!

See you there!

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