Ramblings Archive

The 3D Studio.com Nightmare Experience

As some of you may know I have been a fan of The3Dstudio.com for many years. Besides running Premium3Dmodels.com we have been selling our models there (and on other marketplaces) as well and things were running smoothly.

The sales

When T3DS was sold to 3DSystems, things started to go in the wrong direction.  Sales kept getting lower and lower and nowadays they reached a ridiculous level. One could argue that the competition is higher now than back than or that our models are getting old and have reached their “end”. This is definitely not the case since sales on other sites like Turbosquid or CreativeCrash are getting higher and higher every month.

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Tutorials suggestions for cgdigest.com

Hi guys,
Hopefully, in the following weeks I will have a little more spare time that I intend spend writing some new tutorials.
Bellow is a small list with what I intend to write about. I am hoping that you can come up with some more suggestions, so if you have any ideas feel free to post a comment.

Rendering liquids
Rendering wet materials
vray sss
How to setup a daylight interior illumination
Post processing an image from raw render to final output

I look forward to reading your suggestions.

Best regards,

New things in the 3d world

Hello everybody,

Sorry for not having posted anything for so long. I’ve been (and still am) busy with a project that I started planning about an year ago, and think it’s about time it goes live.

It’s a 3d models online store dedicated to digital architectural illustrators who want something new in their model libraries. I’m still working on some technical details, but hopefully it will be launched in about a week. I will let you know more when it’s done.

Until than, there are 2 things that caught my attention during the last couple of weeks.

The first one is a forum www.3dstocktalk.org where people who sell 3d models online are gathering to talk about the problems that they’ve encountered with different websites, and even revealing how much they made with several 3d market places.

The good thing is that Matt Anderson (owner of The3dstudio.com) and Jonathan Loyd from fallingpixel.com are also active on that forum and more than happy to answer to any questions you might have for them.

The second interesting thing is a search engine for 3d models and textures that is gathering data from several important 3d marketplaces (except turbosquid for which they don’t have permission to index anything) – www.3dfilter.com.

Although it is still in it’s early stages, and I’m not sure how the ranking system works exactly, I feel that this project has a lot of potential.

Hope you find these useful.

Best regards,

Alex Mincinopschi

Bad move by turbosquid

If you are selling 3d content online, you are already aware of the fact that turbosquid will be lowering the royalty rate to 40%. The only way to keep your royalty rate above 50% is to sell exclusively through them.
But it doesn’t end here; they came up with a scheme that classifies sellers by the total life time sales.

It goes like this:
0-150 usd –           clear level –         50% royalty
150-500 usd –       bronze level –     51% royalty
500-1500 usd –     silver level –       52% royalty
1500-3000 usd –   gold level –         54% royalty
3000-6000 usd –   emerald level –   56% royalty
6000-10000 usd – ruby level –         58% royalty
10000+ usd –        diamond level –  60% royalty

In my opinion, by trying to force their sellers to become exclusive, turbosquid intended to drive their competition out of business. If they were a little less greedy, they could have had a real chance to succeed.

It is well known that they have the largest market share; therefore people are selling more through them than trough other sites. If they offered a 75% royalty for the exclusivity I am absolutely sure that all their competition would be in real trouble.

In the current situation however, some sellers (including top sellers) are packing their bags, while many others are raising their prices and in the meantime look for other alternatives to sell their stuff. Also, new comers who are clearly disadvantaged by the new classification will most probably go somewhere else.

What are the alternatives?

1)    The3dstudio.com
2)    Fallingpixel.com
3)    3d02.com
4)    3dexport.com
5)    exchange3d.com
6)    Flatpyramid.com
7)    The123d.com
8)    Altairmodels.com
9)    Presto3d.com
10)  Digitalelements.be
11)  The-Blueprints.com

Some of these are too small or too new, but a few of them combined can make more sales than turbosquid alone.

I think that on the long run, buyers will also start looking for new places to shop around and turbosquid will become less and less popular. Already, judging by the alexa rank (a traffic indicator), The3dstudio is dangerously getting close to them.

In conclusion, I strongly believe that turbosquid’s intent to drive their competition out of business will do them a lot more harm that they could have expected.
I’m curious to see how thing will go until the 1st of September when the royalties of non-exclusive members will be dropped to 40%.