Our founding team of 3D artists created TurboSquid in the year 2000. Our team started in the 3D industry in 1993, when technologies were primitive, and if a wireframe could update in more than one viewport at a time, it was a big deal. In those years prior to TurboSquid’s founding, we focused on animation for 30-second broadcast spots and plugin development.
Through our animation work, we created a fantastic library of models, but there was no easy way to give them to friends or even sell them. At the same time, there were few places to buy models when we were in a production on a job and running out of time. So we took our problem, and our interest in the web, and created TurboSquid.
At TurboSquid’s start in 2000, letting anyone upload and publish something for sale instantly was revolutionary – people wondered what kinds of craziness could happen. We’ve come a long way since then, and more than 2.5 million people have joined TurboSquid, with tens of thousands of contributing artists in our community working to satisfy the modeling needs of customers worldwide.
Our mission is the same as it was when we started: To provide the world with inspiring 3D models that make it easier to be creative and to give artists everywhere a chance to make a living as part of that community. It’s an honor for all of the staff to be a part of the creativity expressed through TurboSquid, even if all of our parents (and most of our friends) have no idea what we do!
In 2021, TurboSquid was acquired by Shutterstock, a leading global creative platform offering full-service solutions, high-quality content, and tools for brands, businesses and media companies.