CheckMate Advisory Board Rides Again

Michele Bousquet CheckMate, Customers

Last week we had the second meeting of the CheckMate Advisory Board, a group that meets quarterly to discuss development of the CheckMate standard. The goal of the CheckMate Advisory Board is to keep the standard relevant to the constantly evolving needs of 3D production artists, not only for TurboSquid but for the industry as a whole. In between quarterly meetings we discuss the standard online, forum-style.…

No Sacred Cows

Matt Wisdom 3D Modeling, Site

Sacred Cow

This isn’t really on TurboSquid. We made it up.


You’ve probably noticed how much energy we’ve put into raising the quality of models on the site with CheckMate. We’ve also been removing lower quality models, but that rate is about to go up, by a lot.

I wanted to give artists notice that this is coming. We’re going to focus on the very lowest quality first, and work our way up over time.…

Updates to CheckMate Specifications

Michele Bousquet 3D Modeling, CheckMate

We’ve been running CheckMate officially since August 4, and we’ve made a few updates to the specification based on feedback and submissions.  These aren’t major changes, but it’s important that you know about them to make your CheckMate submissions go as smoothly as possible.


Descriptions need to use correct spelling, grammar, punctuation and correct use of 3D product names like 3ds Max and V-Ray.…

CheckMate Alert: Zip up those textures!

Michele Bousquet 3D Modeling, CheckMate

In the influx of CheckMate submissions we’ve seen lately, we’re pleased to report that many models pass on the first try. For those that don’t pass right away, one of the most common errors  has to do with how files are packaged for publishing.

For every file format that you want certified, the 3D model file must be placed in a ZIP file with all textures, and this ZIP file must be uploaded under the Main Product section in Step 1.…

Move over, OBJ. Alembic 1.0 is here!

Jonathan Lloyd 3D Modeling

Alembic Support


SIGGRAPH 2011 is an exciting place to be this year. One of most interesting things, for us, is seeing the collaborative efforts and the resulting technology advances that come from them. One such announcement, Alembic 1.0,  demonstrated to us just that. TurboSquid was fortunate enough to be invited to the official release of this new technology.

So what is Alembic 1.0?…

Talking About Standards at Siggraph 2011

Michele Bousquet 3D Modeling

Jonathan Lloyd and I just finished giving a talk on 3D Modeling Standards as part of the official presentation program at Siggraph 2011 in Vancouver, Canada. Attendees got a whirlwind tour through TurboSquid’s two-year adventure in developing, testing, refining, and finally releasing 3D modeling standards as part of CheckMate Certification.

Standards in 3D Modeling SIGGRAPH 2011

The best part of the presentation, for us, was seeing the crowd of 300+ nodding and smiling as the standards were discussed and explained.…