Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 Posted by Jim Thacker

Find free 3D models directly inside Unity, UE4 and Godot

Sketchfab has released a new download API for its online model-sharing platform, enabling developers to pull Sketchfab content with a Creative Commons licence directly into an application or game engine.

The firm has also released free import plugins for Unity, Unreal Engine and Godot that enable users to search for Sketchfab content from within the game engines.

A new in-application ‘searchbar for 3D models’
Describing it as a “searchbar for 3D”, Sketchfab’s new API enables developers to import 3D models shared on Sketchfab directly into their software in glTF format.

On its release – it actually came out last week, but it was overshadowed by the other news from GDC 2018 – Sketchfab announced native integrations with 10 common VR and AR authoring platforms.

Further native integrations are expected over the coming months, including Houdini, Modo and Allegorithmic’s Substance tools.

Find models with Creative Commons licences directly in Unity, UE4, Godot
The firm has also released free importers for Unity, Unreal Engine and Godot enabling users to browse for Sketchfab content directly within the game engines.

As well as simply finding content available under a Creative Commons licence, the importers make it possible to filter models by type, popularity or polygon count.

Availability and system requirements
The new Sketchfab import plugins are available for Unreal Engine, Unity 5.6.4+ and a custom build of Godot – the regular build will be supported in future releases. All three are free.

Read the official announcement for the new download API on Sketchfab’s blog

Download the free Sketchfab model import plugins for Unity, Unreal Engine and Godot