For the entrepreneurial 3D modelers out there, there is no shortage of 3D file marketplaces to generate a nice little bit of side revenue. But when it comes to 3D on the web, Sketchfab’s YouTube-like ecosystem of discovery, publishing, and sharing has consistently been among the most user-friendly.
The new Sketchfab Store is the next logical step for the company to connect over 2 million 3D files to eager buyers looking for top-shelf 3D models.
“We’ve seen a growing need and market for 3D assets, especially as VR and AR have become more mainstream,” explains Sketchfab co-founder and CEO Alban Denoyel in a company blog post. “We introduced a download feature in 2014, leveraging Creative Commons licenses. This feature has proven to be very successful, and today we see more than 200,000 downloads every month, for a cumulative total of more than 2.5 million downloads. These have been used for every conceivable use-case from 3D-printing to classroom education to video games and experiential VR.”
So what, ultimately, separates Sketchfab Store from similar 3D file marketplaces?
For one, the company’s tried-and-true 3D viewer lets you explore the anatomy of models right in your browser. Additionally, the company takes the hassle out of adding technical information by auto-generating polygon count, the number of textures, material types, and other standard file information.
As of their beta launch, the Sketchfab Store has over 2 million models. New models—and ultimately, sellers— will be added gradually as the store evolves from the testing phase—which also includes a rating system, an API, and other typical e-commerce goodies. Considering the number of Sketchfab users, I expect that number to only climb higher over time. Head over to the Sketchfab Store to check it out—or become a seller yourself.