Publishing Metadata: Geometry Type

TurboSquid customers have long expected to know the underlying constructions of models before they buy them. Understanding if the model will fit within their own pipeline from a topological perspective is incredibly important when making a purchasing decision. Originally, TurboSquid only required artists to provide simple identification of their work, asking them to choose Polygons, NURBS or Subdivision as part of the publishing process.

Since polygonal work, as it is by far the most popular construction method used by our artists, customer have said that they want more details about the construction of geometry. In response, we expanded the list of options for artists to identify how their models are built as part of our publishing process.

Geometry Type

As you can see from the screenshot, there are now eight total options, and it is important to understand what each one means, as well as which ones you need to select.

  • Polygonal: This is generally a legacy option that only remains as a means to identify older content. You should not select Polygonal if you’re submitting for either CheckMate Pro or Lite.
  • NURBS: You should select this option only if the main components of your model are constructed with NURBS geometry.
  • Subdivision: This is generally a legacy option that only remains as a means to identify older content. You should not select Subdivision if you’re submitting for either CheckMate Pro or Lite.
  • Unknown: This is a purely legacy option that you should never select. Unknown is used only as a placeholder for very old models that were published when this piece of metadata was first introduced.
  • Polygonal Quads/Tris: You should select this option if your model uses a combination of quads and tris. This option lets a customer know that your model only includes four-sided quad polygons and three-sided triangles. If you are unsure of the differences between quads and tris, please review the Quads, Tris & N-Gons article on squid.io.
  • Polygonal Quads only: You should select this option if your model contains nothing but quads. This option lets a customer know that your model only includes four-sided quad polygons. If you are unsure of the differences between quads and tris, please review the Quads, Tris & N-Gons article on squid.io.
  • Polygonal Tris only: You should select this option if  your model contains nothing but triangles. This option lets a customer know that your model only includes three-sided triangular polygons. Many game and realtime models are constructed using only triangles, and these are fine if you are submitting your model for CheckMate Lite certification. If you are unsure of the differences between quads and tris, please review the Quads, Tris & N-Gons article on squid.io. 
  • Polygonal Ngons used: You should select this option if your model contains Ngons as part of the geometry. This option lets a customer know that your model only includes polygons with more than four sides. If you are unsure of the differences between quads, tris and Ngons, please review the Quads, Tris & N-Gons article on squid.io.
CheckMate Pro LogoCheckMate Lite LogoCheckMate Pro and CheckMate Lite Geometry Type requirements:
  • CheckMate Pro
    Only Polygonal Quads/Tris and Polygonal Quads only are acceptable.
  • CheckMate Lite
    Polygonal Quads/Tris, Polygonal Quads only, Polygonal Tris only and Polygonal Ngons used are all acceptable.