Sketchfab Challenge: Low Poly Dieselpunk

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Ooh, the smell of diesel in the morning! I’m already looking forward to taking my jet-train to work today.

We’ve seen a strong interest in dieselpunk over the last few months and for this week’s challenge we want you to design your most outlandish diesel-powered contraptions.

Update: the winner is Dieselpunk Duo by patdunal!


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TL;DR Create a low poly dieselpunk scene, upload it to Sketchfab and tag it #LowpolyDieselpunk.


  • Design any Dieselpunk scene, character or prop in a low-poly style.
  • Stay under 25k triangles.
  • Texturing is allowed.
  • Submit only new work, but feel free to submit multiple scenes.
  • Once you’ve created your scene, upload it to Sketchfab, tag it #LowpolyDieselpunk.
  • Share what you’re planning to create on the challenge thread in the forum!
  • Submission deadline is Wednesday, April 4 (23:59 New York time – EDT).



  • $100 Amazon Voucher
  • 3 months of Sketchfab PRO to your account
  • The chance to get your work Staff Picked

Terms and Conditions

  • No purchase necessary.
  • By entering this competition, entrants will be deemed to have accepted and agreed to the conditions.
  • This is a contest for individuals, no teams.
  • No alternative prizes available. The prize draw is not open to Sketchfab employees or their families.
  • No ripping of models from anywhere on the Internet, all entries must be original works.
  • The judges’ decision are final – in case of dispute, no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Winning entries will be documented and may be used for promotional purposes.
  • Contestants models must be uploaded to Sketchfab and tagged #LowpolyDieselpunk to be considered.
  • Winners retain all Intellectual Property as per Sketchfab standard Terms and Conditions.
  • Winners and winning entries may be required to take part in any publicity resulting from this competition.
  • The winners will be contacted by Monday, April 9th.
  • Promoter: Sketchfab Inc, 1123 Broadway, Suite 501, New York, NY 10010, USA.

About the author

Bart Veldhuizen

Community Lead at Sketchfab. 3D Scanning enthusiast and Blenderhead.


  • Wesley says:

    Clarification please: does the scene need to be free of existing intellectual properties, or can we do an homage/parody based on a franchise? Example: could I create and submit a scene of Batman watching over Gotham City?

  • Bart Veldhuizen says:

    Fanart is allowed, but please clearly state the source.

  • Caturegli David says:

    Well thanks Sketchfab for making me discover a new thing, the dieselpunk.

  • Vasilis says:

    Hi, I am modelling in blender. Which number do I need to check to stay under 25k triangles? Blender is using quads. I can see a field called faces top right.

  • Bart Veldhuizen says:

    The easiest way to check is to triangulate the mesh: hit CTRL+T while in editmode and the face count in the status bar will show the number of triangles. Be sure to undo or load the original file after doing this! 🙂

  • Vasilis says:

    Thanks! From what I see it is doubling the faces. Makes sense.

  • Bart Veldhuizen says:

    As long as you’re not using ngons, yeah 🙂

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