CGTrader is an online free community for 3D designers interested in buying, selling, and creating professional 3D models. To ensure this purpose, the community has alliances with big investors such as Intel and Practica Capital.

Once you join, you get access to the community's marketplace, where you can buy or download free 3D models. There are more than 1M options for you to filter and choose from. CGTrader provides some categories to help you find what you are looking for. These are Aircraft, Animals, Architectural, Exterior, Interior, Car, Character, Food, Furniture, Household, Industrial, Plant, Space, Vehicle, Watercraft, Military, and CG Textures.

Another great feature of CGTrader is the job board. There, you can hire 3D designers. There are over 40,000 freelancers waiting to apply for the ideal project. The best is that the community has an escrow service to guarantee payment is safe. In case you want to post a project, you should follow three basic steps: describe the project, select the best freelancer, and pay for the result.

Of course, you can also explore the job board if you are looking to get a new career opportunity. Another way to make money on CGTrader is by selling your 3D models.

On the other hand, the community section has a gallery with featured 3D models from members, as well as tutorials to learn more about the topic. There is also an online forum with 8 categories. All of this makes CGTrader a great community for 3D designers to meet like-minded people and expand their knowledge.

Lastly, CGTrader has different challenges. These are competitions in which 3D designers participate by modeling cars, houses, animals, etc. A similar dynamic is the Digital Art Competition. It brings together the best artworks (both 2D and 3D), and members can compete in different categories to win a prize.

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  • Membership: Free Community
  • Year Founded: 2011
  • Founders:

    Marius Kalytis

  • Amount of members: 6,021,000
  • Online Group: No
  • Job board: Yes
  • Language: English
  • Method: Virtual


Develop your project:
The community has a job board with 40,000+ freelancers available and ready to apply. Hiring a freelance 3D designer for your project is simple and safe thanks to the community's payment process.

Make money:
CGTrader offers a huge marketplace of 3D models, in which you can buy or download free 3D models. You can also sell your own and find new career opportunities on the job board.

Participate and win:
The community offers two dynamics to win a prize. The first one is a challenge where 3D artists showcase their talent. The second option is a Digital Art Competition for 2D and 3D designers.


No requirements.



The community has an events calendar with information about upcoming events. Usually, these are in-person meetings to discuss 3D modeling with other 3D designers.

Networking Events

Members of CGTrader communicate through the community's forum. It has 8 categories to ensure an efficient discussion. The first one is for general discussions, and members use it to introduce themselves. The second category is for contests and challenges. The next one is used to share all models on sale. Categories four and five are focused on 3D models, the first to showcase designers' work. The rest of the categories contain tutorials, site feedback, and technical Q&A.

Content Library

This community has more than 1M models divided into 21 categories. Members can use the search engine to filter their search.

Additionally, there is a gallery available where members showcase their talent. In case you wish to learn more about 3D design, there are also some tutorials you can filter by category or by the software used.

Benefits with other companies

Constantly, the community offers discounts of up to 50% on the models they sell. These offers are for a limited time.

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