TurboSquid is an online 3D model marketplace that was started by digital animators in New Orleans in 2000, and it has grown over the past fifteen years to hold more than 300,000 models with 2.5 million members. A wide variety of people–spanning digital animators, visual artists, gamers, and 3D printing hobbyists–use this popular platform to modify and download 3D printable models. And now that TurboSquid has announced that 3D Hubs is its new global 3D printing partner, we will no doubt be seeing more growth as these two 3D printing companies collaborate to bring customers high-quality, affordable and convenient 3D printable items to their doorsteps.
Dan Lion, VP of Sales for TurboSuid, summarizes why this is a timely collaboration for both companies:
“3D Hubs gives customers the freedom to print high-quality TurboSquid models anywhere in the world. We’re excited to work with 3D Hubs and offer TurboSquid artists a new channel for their work.”
3D Hubs has partnered with other companies such as Sketchfab, Thingiverse, and Instructables, and the company provides an easy to use link to TurbSquid’s own platform of printable models. And what a variety of models there are! Just a brief look at TurboSquid’s main page reveals categories like animals, landscapes, technology, vehicles, architecture, character/anatomy and furniture. 3D Hubs has a large and growing network of 3D printers all over the world, providing over 1 billion people access to 22,097 3D printers as of today, September 15, 2015.
To celebrate this union between TurboSquid and 3D Hubs, TurboSquid is releasing a model theme from the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. Shark Week occurred earlier this summer, and the Discovery Channel has made models from this program available for downloading. These shark models are incredibly detailed and are 3D printed in full color, and 3D Hubs currently has 250 3D printers available to print them. This is the first of other planned theme collections in the works from TurboSquid’s library, so be on the lookout for those collection releases, as well.
This collection features sharks, whales, and large fish — perfect for marine life fans, or students and children obsessed with large sea creatures. Beautiful colored maps are also available.
This is not the first time that 3D Hubs and TurboSquid have collaborated together. In fact, earlier this year they worked together making Ford Company vehicle scale models available for fans and 3D printed through 3D Hubs’ network.
Stay tuned to see what other projects are in the works now that 3D Hubs has joined forces with another online 3D model platform to provide even more options for 3D print artists and the customers who love them. Discuss this partnership in the 3D Hubs / Turbosquid forum thread on 3DPB.com.