In the 3D world no one is master. You have to depend on others while working in 3D, especially if you are in a production environment. Most of the average sized studios have dedicated team in modelling department. But it is not the same if you are working on a small studio such as motion graphics or working your own (doing demo reel, short films or freelancing). You have to deal with modelling. It will cause problem when you’re on a tight schedule. Spending one or two days for modelling for one week project is ridiculous! It is even worse you are not good at modelling.
In that case you can buy models from websites such as Turbosquid or Creativecrash or buy some DVDs such as Evermotion. But this may not be practical if you are on a tight budget. So you need to stick on free resources.
Here I am listing the online resources which provide free 3d objects for download. Click each heading for site link.Check the license provided by each site before using them in any commercial works!
Autodesk seek is the proprietary download location of Autodesk product users. You can download any of the objects provided here without any cost. They are high quality production ready objects with high quality textures and mesh flow. You can download both 2D and 3D objects. If you are looking for high quality plants, trees, flowers and vegetation Autodesk seek is the excellent source. The library includes 65000+ free objects.
There is no need to register. Anyone can download these products. Subjected to Autodesk copyright.
File type included
Maya (.MB), 3ds Max (.max),Xfrog (.xfr), textures and documents
3D ContentCentral® is a community of both users and suppliers. Free parts and assemblies are available in all major 2D and 3D CAD formats, including SolidWorks, DraftSight, Autodesk Inventor, and AutoCAD.
This site provides quality downloads of CAD files (2D and 3D)
3D Gurukul is a 3D animation resource Website, it is dedicated to 3D community. To enrich and empower the CG community is objective of 3D Gurukul. 3DG provides world-class animation resources including Animations, 3D Software, Models, Textures, Plug-ins absolutely free.
Objects category includes
INTERIOR: EXTERIOR: DECORATING, MISCELLANEOUS, VEHICLES, FLOWER: NATURE, FURNITURE MODELS, JEWELRY MODELS, 3D WEAPON MODELS, ANATOMY: ANIMALS: CREATURE, ELECTRONICS, 3D Fashion, 3D Architectural Models
Very good site with neat lay out and good collection of models. This site also offers textures for download. You can get 3d models for software specific ( most of the 2d and 3d softwares are covered) or by object category. Also get Modo materials.
3DXtras.com offers 10027+ 3d models download for free 3DXtras.com offers thousands of free 3d models to download in .MAX, .3ds and other format, you may use these models freely in your own work as royalty free ... File formats include max, 3ds