Sketchfab Importer for Cinema 4D now Available

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Cinema 4D users can now access over 200,000 freely downloadable 3D models from Sketchfab using our new Cinema 4D Importer plugin.

The plugin uses our Download API to let you search Creative Commons licensed models from our community and download them directly into your Cinema 4D scene.

Models can be searched by keyword(s) or browsed. The addon then presents thumbnails of results and each one can be opened on for a full 3D preview if desired before downloading directly into Cinema 4D.

Materials and textures are also loaded in automatically and approximated as closely as possible. Animation is not supported yet. These models will import, but without animation data.

Access your own models too

In addition to downloadable models, Sketchfab PRO and above subscribers can also import their own models into a scene. These models can remain view-only or even private on itself, so only you can access them. For more information see the announcement about this new option we made earlier today.

To search your own models, check the ‘My Models’ option in the search bar:

Installation and usage instruction 

For more information and download, visit the Cinema 4D Importer page. This page also contains more detailed information about the current limitations for materials.


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Bart Veldhuizen

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

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  • Avatar Mark F says:

    I would like to say your instructions for Mac:
    “If you cannot find it, you can also go to it from Edit -> Preferences and then by clicking on Open Preferences Folder at the bottom of the Preferences window. This will open the folder where you should find the plugins.”
    Doesn’t seem to be an accurate process. When I put it that plugins folder, it won’t load. It needs to go into the plugins folder within the Application plugins folder.

  • Avatar Dale J says:

    Will there ever be a fix to the SketchFab exporter? Such as Sketchfab exporter for Cinema 4D?

  • Avatar xan says:

    Most models import really, really bad, geometry and material assignment is a mess.

  • Any chance to update for s22?

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