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TurboTip: Quad Cylinder Cap Plug-in for 3ds Max

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 by

Welcome to TurboTips: where we give you quick tips that will make your 3D modeling easier, cleaner, and better.  This week, we’re taking a look at a Quad Cylinder Cap Plug-in for 3ds Max.


Vertices or poles with more than 5 edges can cause a variety of issues with a 3D model. Using these vertices should be avoided whenever possible, especially on curved surfaces, because they can cause render issues, edgeflow problems, and can cause the model to break when distorted. (more…)

Round-Up: CheckMate Advisory Board Meeting 2013

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013 by

This year’s CheckMate Advisory Board Meeting was a rousing success!  While we made sure to feed and entertain everyone while they were in New Orleans, 3D Modeling was, as usual, at the forefront of everyone’s minds. We also got to add a number of new board members, representing IKEA, Armstrong & White, as well as welcoming Michele Bousquet back in an Advisory Board role, given her track record with CheckMate. There were many roundtable discussions over the two-day, on-site meeting, and what the Advisory Board had to say about using TurboSquid models was surprising, even to us.

Over the next few months, we’ll be posting more specific information gathered from the meetings, but for now, we feel it’s important to give our dedicated artist community a quick recap on several major topics.

This is information that comes directly from the folks who are buying and using your 3D model content daily, and the insights they provided covered a broad range of industries and needs, from film and television, to architectural design, game development, advertising, news, and furniture manufacturing. Since you’re making models to sell on the site, we feel this kind of feedback is timely and worth reading.

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Artist Spotlight: bitonicus

Friday, November 15th, 2013 by

Spider Tank by bitonicus

Our new featured model– a fighting fit spider tank– was made by 3D artist Thibaut Claeys (or bitonicus, as he’s known on TurboSquid).  We had a chance to ask Thibaut some questions about his work, and he gave us some tips for his fellow artists, as well as an insight into the fantastic world he’s built with the models in his catalog, giving them a “new life.”.





Artist Spotlight: ms_Dessi

Monday, September 23rd, 2013 by

blog_preview_ms_dessiC’est magnifique!  Our new featured model is one delicious dish by TurboSquid artist ms_Dessi.  Her work is well known around the TS offices for rich detail and a delicate hand, so we were happy to have a chat with her for this month’s Artist Spotlight.  Find out more about ms_Dessi, her long history with CheckMate, and what paths brought her to 3D modeling, in our interview below!



How long have you been an artist?

Drawing was a hobby for me when I was still in school, but it wasn’t something I took seriously.  I preferred to study exact sciences, so I got a technical education in engineering.

After several years of work as an engineer, I realized that it wasn’t satisfying, and I seriously thought about trying another profession as an interior designer.  So, around the year 2000 was when I decided to try an art-related field instead.

How did you make the leap from interior design to 3D modeler?

By the time I was working as an interior designer, I became familiar with 3ds max.  I would create interiors with free models, but after awhile, I got bored just pasting the models into a scene.  I wanted to try to make my own.

Creating my first model (I think it was a sofa) was difficult, but very interesting.  The process fascinated me.  I continued to build upon the same models, gradually bringing up their level of detail.  Of course, my first models were created using online tutorials, but after awhile, I just didn’t need them anymore, and I continued to create models without them.

What’s the most important thing for artists to keep in mind when making 3D models?

In 3D modeling there a lot of important components, so it’s very difficult to say which is the most important.

But in any case, I think one of the most important things is to create the correct geometry, which is well implemented in the specifications of CheckMate Pro.

It’s also important, in my opinion, to make as many fine details as possible with a model’s geometry, rather than its texture (such as the edge of the crease with flower petals).

And never forget about the other equally important components of 3D modeling, such as texturing, the creation of realistic materials, and visualization.


We noticed that most of your models were of flowers, furniture, and food. Recently, though, we saw a new addition to your catalog… can you tell us what inspired you to make this amazing Golden Hind piece?

I just wanted to make a model that was completely different from all my other models. I’m interested in a nautical themes, and I wanted to do an old sailing ship. When I saw the Golden Hind galleon, I just fell in love with it.  It took a few months for me to make the model.

Going back to your catalog, can you tell us what you like best about modeling flowers?

Mostly, I like the texture and creating the materials.  I’m always trying to improve on my materials, because I feel like I haven’t yet created a realistic, ideal material for petals and leaves.  I have to keep making it even better.

You had one of the first CheckMate Pro models, a roulette table. What has been your experience with CheckMate? Do you have any opinions on CheckMate Pro v1 versus Pro v2?

I’m glad that I’ve participated since the beginning, and it’s been a very rewarding experience. I have only positive things to say about CheckMate.  However, I’m still in the process of studying CheckMate Pro v2– but I find it interesting, and I’m trying to make a model for it.

How long have you been with TurboSquid? Would you recommended TurboSquid to others?

I’ve been with TurboSquid since September 2009, and I immediately liked the site and its organization. I uploaded a few models of furniture and curtains and just waited to see what would happen next.

After about 4 months, I started to get my first sales.  Even if the first sales didn’t come in steadily,  I was glad for them.  That was when I became more interested in, and even excited about, TurboSquid.   I began to make more models so that my sales would keep going up.

And yes, I recommend TurboSquid to 3D modelers who would love and appreciate their hard work!


Want millions of people to see your best 3D model?  TurboSquid attracts customers and artists from all over the globe, and we’re always on the lookout for our next featured model.  Find out how to have your work spotlighted on our homepage!

Inspector Picks of the Month!

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 by


inspectormonth Our 3D Model Inspectors see a lot of models, day in and day out. While many of the models pass their inspections, sometimes a model really stands out, and our Inspector Team is thrilled to share it with the world.

For this roundup, we’re taking a look back at the Inspector Picks for the month of June and sharing some ideas from the Inspectors themselves about what makes a great model.



This stage model by MS_RAY was practically made for the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame.  Says Inspector Logan, “Everything is organized and easy to control– the video walls are easy to replace with your own images or video. The geometry is clean and can be either a day or night scene.”


Another pick from Inspector Logan, this anatomical model by Scyrus is practical and stylish, but its real charm lies in its creative turntables.   Logan adds, ”It’s incredibly realistic– each bone and muscle is named correctly according to its Latin medical term.”


From TurboSquid artist Arte 3D, this incredible 2014 Corvette Stingray floored Inspector Mark, who had this to say: ”The level of detail on this car is amazing. Every detail, down to the tire treads, is modeled and has detailed textures. The level of detail, paired with the clean UVs and good geometry, makes this an extremely well made model.”

Congratulations to the artists who managed to catch our discerning Inspectors’ eyes.  Stay tuned to find out what other models make the cut!

Artist Spotlight: Milos Jakubec

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 by

Breitling Emergency Watch by MilosJakubec  This month’s featured model of a blue Breitling Emergency watch is a gorgeous piece of work, both realistic and highly detailed.  We were very happy to have a chat with the artist, Milos Jakubec, who modeled this exquisite timepiece out of his desire to own one for himself.  Find out what else drives Milos to great heights in our newest Featured Artist interview!

Get to know 3D artist MilosJakubec

How long have you been an artist?

I started working with 3ds Max in August 2006, so this will be my seventh year with 3ds Max. And, of course, when I was child, I drew many pictures. (more…)

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