There are two ways to create your own 3D models and upload them to Sketchfab: modeling and scanning.
3D Modeling is a creative process where you can build a model (character, creature, vehicle, etc.) in three dimensions (x, y, z) as opposed to simply drawing or painting a picture in two dimensions. There are tons of different software options available to do this and they vary in terms of complexity, price, and system requirements.
If you're new to 3D, try these free, easy-to-learn tools:
- 3D Slash: Use cubes to build printable models
- Sculptfab: A free, web-based sculpting tool based on Stéphane Ginier's SculptGL.
- Pixologic Sculptris: Digital sculpting for beginners, from the makers of ZBrush
- Smoothie-3D: Create 3D models from an image
For more advanced 3D features, check out some software popular popular among our users:
- 3ds Max: Modeling and rendering (Windows only)
- Blender: Modeling, rendering, animation ( Free, open-source )
- Maya: Modeling and animation
- Modo: Modeling, sculpting, 3D painting, animation and rendering
- Rhino: Mathematically precise, freeform surface modeling
- SketchUp: Modeling with a focus on ease of use ( Free )
- Unity: Cross-platform game engine ( Free )
- Pixologic ZBrush: Sculpting, texturing and painting
3D Scanning is the process of using multiple 2D images or photographs to create a 3D model. For example, Sketchfab users scan their dinners, cars, or even statues in museums. You can do this with a professional-level camera or even your smartphone! Check out the following popular and recommended options:
- Trnio: An easy-to-use iOS app. Includes native Sketchfab and Facebook sharing.
- SmartMobileVision Scann3D: A free, easy-to-use, Android app. Includes native Sketchfab sharing
- Agisoft PhotoScan: High quality, commercial Windows and OS X desktop app. Includes native Sketchfab sharing.
- Autodesk ReCap 360: A free, Windows-based 30-day trial.
Once you make a model or two, you can upload them to Sketchfab and share them with the world.