These Free Assets Help You Build a Computer-Generated Sci-Fi

Creating your own CGI models and assets is a monumental task. ProductionCrate helps you do some of it, free of charge.

Ever since 2009, ProductionCrate has been trying to help filmmakers with their VFX. According to co-founder Christopher Kelly, the team’s “goal has always been to provide professional tools and assets to the community.”

What does that look like? Like a continuously evolving library of 3D assets, which you can check out here. We’ve also covered some of their awesome tutorials to help you use their assets.

While It’s not the only company doing this, like Quixel and Poliigon, to name a few, ProductionCrate did just release some free stuff that can make your modeling a bit easier!

Recently, ProductionCrate gave out a Modular Medieval Castle Kit. Now they’re jumping into the future with the Modern Industrial Pack to give creatives all the sci-fi goodies they can get their hands on. Best all? It’s free, baby!

A whole libraryCredit: ProductionCrate

Kitbash All the Way to Space

Kit-what?

Kitbashing is a term used in modeling, be it digital or in real life. By taking pieces from different kits and bashing them together, creatives can make all sorts of amazing creations. Need an example? Here’s Adam Savage kitbashing some models together:

The Modern Industrial Pack

With the free Modern Industrial Pack from ProductionCrate, creatives get an .fbx file full of buttons, lights, pipes, platform railings, power cables, and all sorts of vents. All you need to do is load up these different parts in your program of choice and bash them together!

It’s like modeling on easy mode. However, you’ll still need to harness your inner artist. The assets also include all the necessary textures, so your models don’t look like grey plastic. All of them are also completely editable if you’re feeling adventurous.

Hanger ProductionCrate
Hanger created with Modern Industrial PackCredit: ProductionCrate

What and Where to Get It

The Modern Industrial Pack is available for all sorts of 3D modeling programs that can accept .fbx files, which is most of them. This includes Blender, Cinema4D, Maya, Houdini, and 3DSMax, to name a few. Assets are also available in several different resolutions, such as 1K, 2K, 4K, and 8K.

To get your free goodies, just register at ProductionCrate.com. There’s a free tier, but the team does ask for a $15 donation. With what you’re getting, it’s a small price to pay (but you won’t need to if money is tight). 

Finally, visit this link and select your preferred resolution. 

If you’re looking for stock footage, music, script, or plugins, ProductionCrate also has massive libraries for those assets as well. So go give them some love if you’re in need.