One Last Look at Poly

Digital Wonders and Smiles
4 min readJun 30, 2021


Hello everyone! Welcome or welcome back to my Medium blog! Today I am going to talk about Google Poly. Google Poly is a 3d model website by Google. Poly is sadly closing on June 30th, 2021. I am literally writing this post on the 30th to check out the website what is joining the Google Graveyard.

The Models:

I first want to check out some of the 3d models, so you can see what this site had to offer. Take a look at this for example, an incredible moving 3d model of an island.

I can move around to different parts of this island too! Zoom in and out and could download it.

Check out this other model with a cool tunnel going into light. I can move through the tunnel, go around the tunnel, and more! It was so incredible!

You could search so much through the search bar to find a model that you could use!

I searched Google and found this cool Google structure that someone made!

I searched forest and got this incredibly detailed forest that I could move through! I made a gif to download which was customizable!

Below is the GIF that I made! I got to download it, and It is pretty cool! I mean, look at those rays of light!

Why I Poly Shutting Down?

The main reason that Poly is shutting down is that VR popularity is fading. Poly was mostly a VR platform which also had 3d models. I personally loved the 3d models on the platform and have used them before. For example, check out this 3d model of the Google Pixel 1:

If I brought it into Paint 3d, I could position it however I want it. I actually have unreleased blog posts using these models to show how to move your camera. You can do really cool things with them!

Sadly I don’t know of a library as good as Poly for free 3d models! I know that there are other features on the platform like landmarks with a 3d camera and other cool stuff, but that is all that I am going to cover today.

I hope that you enjoyed this short look at Poly. It is going to be a platform that I will miss utilizing. This post is going out today (6/30/21), but I will take a screenshot of the site in a few days to see if it has fully been taken down.

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Update! (7/1/2021)

I am back, and Poly is officially gone from the internet. Now if you go to any Poly related link, including all in this blog post, you will be redirected to the page that you see below.

Poly will certainly be missed.

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Thank you so much for reading! If you loved Poly like I did, leave a comment saying “RIP Poly”. Thanks again, and I’ll see you again next time!

-Digital Wonders & Smiles



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