Sketchfab 3D Modelling Challenge: Hand Tools & Hardware

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This week’s 3D modelling challenge is focused on hard surface modelling, in particular tools, hardware and all the things you might find in a toolbag, garden shed or hardware store.

Have a go at creating anything from simple hammers, wrenches and screwdrivers all the way to power tools, multi-layer tool boxes, compressors & welders (…and no: guns, bazookas, tanks, bombs etc. don’t count as tools!)

Update! The Winner is G.E.C.K 2018 by goldengrifon

Some inspiration:

TL;DR: Focusing on hard surface modelling, model a hand tool or piece of hardware, upload it to Sketchfab and tag it #ToolsChallenge


  • Use your favourite software and workflow to model a hand tool or piece of DIY hardware.
  • Guns, bazookas, tanks, bombs etc. are not considered tools for the purpose of this challenge.
  • Submit only new work, but feel free to submit multiple scenes.
  • Once you’ve created your scene, upload it to Sketchfab, tag it #ToolsChallenge.
  • Share what you’re planning to create on the challenge thread in the forum!
  • Submission deadline is Monday, February 26th (23:59 New York time – EST)



The winner receives a $100 Amazon gift card (or equivalent if you don’t have access to Amazon), and of course we’ll add three months of Sketchfab PRO to your account.

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 #ToolsChallenge 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 Friday, March 2.
  • Promoter: Sketchfab Inc, 1123 Broadway, Suite 501, New York, NY 10010, USA.

About the author

Thomas Flynn

Community & Cultural Heritage Lead at Sketchfab.

Expert in 3D scanning, photogrammetry, online publishing & dissemination.


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