5 Things to know about 3D NFTs

Are you a 3D Modeler? Concept Artist? Physical Maker? Whether you’re a Creator, Maker or a Gamer read on to learn more about these top 5 facts on NFTs.

1. What does NFT mean for 3D modeling?

If you’ve spent any time exploring the NFT Marketplace or blockchain technology in general, you’ll know that a non-fungible token (NFT) can be anything from photos and video sequences to audio and 3D models.

The NFT is the most recent decentralized asset enabled by blockchain, and more importantly, 3D assets are the latest breakout vertical in the NFT marketplace.

Although 3D modelers are KEY creators of 3D NFTs, it doesn’t mean general 3D NFT makers, such as 3D concept artists and physical makers can’t make use of an NFT Marketplace. In fact, once creators have their 3D computer graphics converted into NFTs and uploaded to their collections, they can begin realizing genuine gains from their work through an NFT Marketplace.

Will 3D NFTs have any effect on the NFT Marketplace?

As the next step up from 2D NFTs – 3D NFTs promise to be a significant breakthrough in the growth of the NFT Marketplace by integrating with gaming assets, Metaverse building, and equally significantly by tokenizing digital manufacturing assets with non-fungible tokens for better security and privacy.

But how?

It’s obvious that NFTs are altering the perception of online gaming and in-game asset purchases. Because non-fungible tokens, as the name implies, are unique and can be designed to retain value beyond the game in which they were created, blockchain-based games have the potential to significantly expand the gaming industry.

In the three-dimensional space, props that complete the gaming experience such as characters, avatars, sound effects, city streets, etc. can now be easily created as an NFT.

Converted into NFTs, 3D game assets will turn your 2D side-scrolling worlds upside down by bringing a magnificent experience of your favourite games in three-dimensional space. Now you can see more realistic sentiment and movement instead of being limited to the details of pixel art alone.

At the same time, the Metaverse, the next evolution of the Internet, is exploding, propelled by 3D NFTs. And it’s much more than just gaming or entertainment, as the financial industry looks to capitalize on Metaverse growth opportunities by incorporating it into their business models.

Furthermore, the application of 3D NFTs to the Metaverse will help to create a space for users to connect, interact, play, create, and participate in a decentralized economy with deeper societal implications.

Most importantly, NFTs in 3D modelling will prove to be a game-changer in digital assets protection.

To ensure the security and privacy of digital manufacturing assets, 3D NFTs are encoded in a way that can help to authenticate the sensitive data owners, making digital data management tasks much more transferable and transparent.

Fundamentally, a 3D non-fungible token is a distinct crypto asset that can be used within the cybersecurity space to strengthen the security and privacy of digital assets. Therefore, the management of digital assets with 3D NFTs generates a one-of-a-kind and original tag for data attributes that can be used to track and trace the transfer, storage, and integrity of sensitive information.

3. How to make a 3D NFT?

First and foremost, you’d need a 3D graphic before converting it to an NFT.  3D Modelers selling assets on TurboSquid, Blender Market, SketchFab, Daz3D, Renderosity can easily and simply export their models to Mint NFTs on Smart MFG’s coming NFT Marketplace. Make sure to export it in GLB or GLTF format. An additional list of compatible file formats will be made available soon.

Now that you have your 3D models, you will need cryptocurrency to create NFTs. Crypto (ETH and MFG along with a partner L2 solution) are used not only to exchange goods and services online but are necessary to perform functions on the blockchain network. The process of minting NFTs necessitates the processing of numerous functions, for which the market will charge you a certain fee which will also carry the option to pass those fees to the buyer in a contingency sale.

Step 1. Set up a digital wallet

There are numerous wallet services available online, each with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Choosing the right one is critical, as the wallet you select will determine which marketplaces you can access.

Firstly, ensure that your digital wallet supports Ethereum’s NFT token standard ERC-721. If it isn’t, your options for selling NFTs will be limited.

Secondly, you want to be able to buy and transfer crypto, so instead of using a wallet that only serves as a vault, we recommend using a wallet that is part of a marketplace.

We won’t go into detail about every wallet available, so we’ll stick to a more popular crypto wallet that is relatively simple to use and understand: MetaMask.

Step 2. Buy crypto (Ethereum)

Ethereum is the dominant cryptocurrency in the world of NFTs.

So, how much Ether does it require to begin selling your 3D NFTs?

To be on the safe side, purchase $100-150 in Ethereum. As with any trade venture there is a cost of entry though in spite of the recent spike in gas prices the overall cost vis a vis other trade venture startup costs is still relatively low. The ultimate aim is to recoup your upfront spend and more at the time of sale.

Step 3. Decide a marketplace in which you will sell your NFT work

When it comes to selecting the best marketplace for selling your NFTs, we recommend that you stick to the most relevant platforms with the appropriate audience focus. Not only will this increase your chances of finding the right buyer, but the more focused the marketplace, the more relevant exposure your NFT will receive.

SmartMFGis launching the world’s first 3D NFT Marketplace for 3D Modelers, Makers, Gamers and more.

3 features Smart MFG’s NFT Marketplace will allow you to do at launch include:

  • Discover tokenized digital design assets which are authenticated on the Ethereum blockchain to prevent forgery and provide historical provenance.
  • Buy & sell 3D NFTs. You can buy at the asking price or make an offer by bidding. Once you own a piece, you can resell it to other collectors in the secondary market.
  • Showcase your collection. You can personalize your profile to display your design collection to patrons all over the world. Show off your work in a virtual reality gallery, or on a digital display, or wherever you want.

Whether you’re digital 3D Modelers, 3D Concept Artists, Physical Makers, or any 3D NFT Makers, keep in mind that with Smart MFG’s NFT Marketplace, you can:

  • Showcase your collection. You can personalize your profile to display your design collection to patrons all over the world. Show off your work in a virtual reality gallery, or on a digital display, or wherever you want.
  • Authenticate your work by digitally signing your work with a tokenized certificate.
  • Set prices & run auctions. It means you can price or let collectors bid on your designs in the digital marketplace.
  • Onboarded to the platform together with other hand-picked creators. As Smart MFG is in early access, we’re onboarding a select number of creators. You can register to the form here to get on the waitlist for our upcoming launch.

Step 4. Create your first 3D NFT

You must connect your digital wallet to the marketplace before you start minting. This is often the only certification required to begin creating and selling 3D NFTs. However, some marketplaces may require you to create a profile in advance.

Once you set up a digital wallet, purchase Ethereum and link your digital wallet to an NTF marketplace, you can mint your 3D NFT.

There is always one “Create” button on all the marketplaces where you can upload your piece of art and convert it into an NFT.

Once you have added your 3D NFTs to your collection, it’s time to see if anyone is interested enough to pay actual (virtual) money for your artwork.

4. How to create and sell 3D NFTs in one place?

The good news is… you have Smart MFG – the “secret ingredient” of 3D NFTs that allows creators to build the Metaverse, create 3D game assets as NFTs straightforward.

Smart MFG is, in essence, a blockchain ecosystem centered around the MFG token, and it is a pioneer in offering incentives in blockchain supply chains, smart payments and part tokenization.

The MFG token has an ever-expanding list of utilities within the ecosystem, including incentivizes and rewards programs, securing smart contract purchase orders, hardware tokenization, smart payments, NFT marketplace services, incentivizing liquidity providers, and a forward looking use-case of supply chain DeFi finance services.

The NFT platform of Smart MFG’s is the world’s first marketplace specializing in 3D NFTs for 3D modelers, industrial designers, artists, gamers, and Metaverse builders. With the help of Smart MFG, creators can sell their licensed 3D models as NFTs that can be used across manufacturing ecosystems, the Metaverse, and industrial design, with the goal of becoming the de-facto bridge linking the virtual to the real-world.

Smart MFG’s mission is to connect the leading Maker, Gamer and Metaverse digital asset construct venues so that creators can easily exchange their NFT assets across these games and platforms, providing a leading springbroad for makers to participate in building the Metaverse infrastructure. Using Smart MFG’s NFT platform, industrial designers and concept artists can realize the value add of their creative designs through community-based marketing programs on a platform that has already gained trust in the manufacturing industry.

With a community of 3D modelers, makers and gamers supporting behind, it’s logical for Smart MFG to take the next step to expand into an NFT platform.

5. Conclusion

Are 3D NFTs here to stay? Judging by the current trend we believe the answer to be a resounding yes! In addition they are helping makers and designers to monetize and opening up new pathways for digital art. However, we would advise caution and careful consideration when deciding which platforms to use. And if you want to start designing, make sure you have a good platform to help you create 3D models and 3D graphics as NFTs.

We are confident to say that Smart MFG will provide the most holistic approach to real-world blockchain applications by extending cutting-edge NFT innovations from Industry 4.0 and supply chains to the interactive 3D digital spaces of industrial designs, Metaverse, and gaming.


Smart MFG Tech is a blockchain company focused on Industry 4.0 Digital Transformation and promoting new data mobilization technologies, including IIOT (Industrial Internet of Things) for use within the manufacturing industry. Smart MFG is launching a 2D & 3D model NFT marketplace for novelty & vintage Art & Architecture, Automotive, Space & Aerospace Engineering, Industrial Design and more. Smart MFG also offers Supply Chain DeFi programs using $MFG in partnership with a growing blockchain partnership ecosystem for Industry 4.0 digital transformation.

Smart MFG Tech promotes digital transformation of industrial manufacturing supply chains using blockchain as a key building block of Industry 4.0. MFG Tokens® incentivize collaboration and speed across supply chains and can be used to create custom rewards and compensate manufacturers for time and accuracy put into competitive tender bids.

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