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HarperPlumlee

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Hello and 3d model question

PostThu Jul 18, 2019 6:23 pm

First the hello!
My name is Jason and I go by Harper Plumlee on youtube. I'm rather a beginner but I have been learning lots of great stuff from Youtube tutorials. My goal is to create youtube videos showcasing my original music and covers.

Now the question.
I want to make a video of a train moving through a tunnel of smoke. Just a locomotive will do. I just need a train model that will import well and won't break the bank. Can anyone point me to a source of free or low cost 3d models with textures that will work well in Fusion?

J. Harper Plumlee
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Bryan Ray

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Re: Hello and 3d model question

PostFri Jul 19, 2019 1:48 pm

Fusion can definitely handle obj, fbx, and Alembic. It has support for Collada and a few other formats, but I've never personally tested them. You should be able to find what you need at Turbosquid. There are usually a variety of tiers of quality/price there, from free to hundreds of dollars for a model.

Be aware that a complex model may come with a large number of textures, and Fusion isn't always very good at connecting them automatically. So go for the least complex model that meets your needs. If you have a huge number of textures to connect, it might be worth learning a little bit of Lua scripting in order to automate connecting them.
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Re: Hello and 3d model question

PostFri Jul 19, 2019 6:13 pm

Thanks for the reply! I'll check out that site
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Re: Hello and 3d model question

PostSat Jul 20, 2019 7:05 am

These guys

https://www.3dcadbrowser.com/

do a reasonable selection of 3D models at good prices (and have a lot of locomotives) although I don't know if you can buy just one model as it works on membership levels that allow you a number of downloads. Most models are available in fbx or obj, but there is usually some fiddling to make external models work properly in Fusion no matter what the source. Illegal polygons, double faces, material mix ups etc.
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Re: Hello and 3d model question

PostThu Jan 23, 2020 11:03 am

HarperPlumlee wrote:First the hello!
Can anyone point me to a source of free or low cost 3d models with textures that will work well in Fusion?

J. Harper Plumlee


There are a lot of 3D model databases, some of them are free, others paid.
My personal preference:
GrabCAD
Thingverse
TurboSquid
Artec3D
Pinshape
Also you can check All3DP for their list of the best websites.
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Re: Hello and 3d model question

PostTue Jan 28, 2020 7:03 am

There's also www.3dmdb.com as an overall model database. It looks into a lot of other databases to find models.
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