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

Head of Community at Sketchfab. 3D Scanning enthusiast and Blenderhead. Running BlenderNation in my spare time.


  • 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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