What are your models for?
The models on our pages are 3D representations of real-world items. They are
used by various artists, animators, graphic designers for their projects. The
models are imported into various 3D programs, textured (color and or surface
details) and otherwise manipulated to fit the users needs. The projects that the
user might include our models on vary widely from still artwork, animations on
film, web or broadcast video, book illustration, catalog illustration, web
design......the list goes on and on.
What is a 3D Model?
A 3D Model is a virtual representation of a real world item. It is constructed
inside a computer with points in 3D space (vertices) tied together with lines (splines
or edges) and grouped together to form faces. These faces are then grouped
together and manipulated to form the final model. There are many different base
techniques to build 3D models.
How do I use your models?
First, read the USE AGREEMENT posted on our pages. Once you've agreed to the
terms contained therein, you simply save and unzip the models onto your hard
drive. In most 3D applications you go to FILE on the screen menu and select
IMPORT. The model should show on the screen in a few seconds. The things that
you can do with the model after import are dependant on the program you're
What format are your models?
The models you find on the downloads page are 3DS models. 3DS is a common format
for 3D models. It gets it's abbreviation from 3D Studio and is the native format
for that application and subsequent versions.
We use the 3DS format because of it's more compact file size and the widespread
adoption of the format with input plug-ins over many applications. ALMOST all 3D
programs can import 3DS.
Can I use your models on a Mac?
All of our models are constructed on PC's for PC's. However, a great man (Daniel
Whiteside) has created applescripts that convert our models to a Mac readable
format. See the link on the downloads page to get the applescripts.
What programs do you use to construct these models?
We do the majority of our work in 3D Studio Max . However, some models go
through several different programs and process' before being ready for posting.
Some of the other programs that we use regularly are Photoshop, Metastream,
Bryce, Poser, Raydream, Raydream 3D, Pixel 3D, various converters and 2D Cad
Can I post the models on your page on my pages for
Re-distribution of our models is strictly prohibited in their current form or in
any modified form. Tracking the numbers of downloads of each model on our pages
is the only way we have of judging the public's interests. To have models spread
all over the web would defeat this and ultimately degrade the quality of our
downloads. In short, no you can't.
Can I send you my models to post on your pages?
I'm sorry but we do not accept submissions for the downloads pages. All models
on our pages are our own creations. There are however many sites that do accept
submissions. Try www.3dCafe.com, I'm sure they'd be interested.
Can I email you my artwork?
One of the greatest pleasures in what we do is seeing what others come up with
in their artwork. We'd love to see the results, however, we get tons of email
everyday and unfortunately our mailbox has limited capacity. If you would
instead send us an email with a URL where we can view the images, we'd be glad
to take a look and give you some feedback. Please don't email bmp's or jpegs.
Are your models 'Posable' in Poser?
Currently we don't do PZ formatted models. However, there are techniques shown
on the web to make the models posable. This does however require a fair amount
of skill. Check www.renderosity.com for details.
Are your models 'Textured' for use in Poser?
Most of our models are not 'pre-textured'. The ruins models in Meshes 6 do have
poser style textures
applied to them but the rest of the collection does not. You will have to apply
individual textures once
the models are imported into Poser just as you will in programs.
How do you determine what is shown on the downloads
Your feedback is ultimately the determining factor on what types of models show
up on the downloads page. Be sure to send your requests or suggestions to the
address at the bottom of this page.
Why do you do it?
Wow, that's a big question!
We started the free downloads almost ten years ago. At the time there weren't
many people modeling items for use in poser. There where virtually no clothes
and very little hair available for free. We figured out a way to model them and
started offering them for free to friends who used poser. It quickly snowballed.
We also started modeling various static items for Bryce.
With the advent of the 'Meshes' series of CD's available for sale, we found a
way to make our models marketable to the general public. Response has been
overwhelmingly good on the Meshes CD's and we intend to continue to offer great
value, great quantity for the money and great quality models for a long time to
come. Our many thanks to those who have purchased in the past and an open
invitation to give us a try to those who haven't.