What should I specify in requirements for a 3D designer?

Discussion in 'Design and Modeling' started by studio4215, May 25, 2014.

  1. studio4215
    studio4215 New Member
    I've got a picture in 2D that I'd like to get made as my first Shapeways model. I'm not a designer so I'll need to find a freelance designer on here or freelancer.com but I'm not sure what kind of skills I need to look for. How long and how much should I expect to pay for a 3D design of a 2D picture I have? What file(s) do I need to get from the designer to give to Shapeways?
  2. HOLDEN8702
    HOLDEN8702 Well-Known Member

    Nicest thing of shapeways is to have your own created dreamed models made real.

    If you only want to have a model printed, you don't need to pay for the design and to upload it.

    I can do your model and upload it in my shop, where it will be available to get it.

    But if really you want to have the file to upload in shapeways under your user name, here is the files can be uploaded


    I hope this helps you.

    Best regards

  3. studio4215
    studio4215 New Member
    I need the material to be produced by Shapeway and I assume I need a model (I'd like to keep the model file for myself), all I have is a picture. Are you a 3D designer?
  4. HOLDEN8702
    HOLDEN8702 Well-Known Member
  5. samfleming
    samfleming New Member
    I will try and answer your questions more directly here...

    In general yes, your work can be reproduced from a 2D design. The challenge comes if you are trying to recreate something with critical dimensions - like a piece that needs to fit in to another. If its a piece that you can have more creative liberties with, and sizing does not have to be perfect, its less problematic working from a 2D starting point.

    In short- pick a designer who has done similar works to your project. There are some major classes of design so just find some alignment there - If you are looking to model a character or person - you will want to find a designer who specializes in that type of thing (and that's not me). If it is a complex precise design you might look for someone who does parametric design. If its a more organic shape such as jewelry, or a product prototype you probably want a NURBS based design, and pick a designer familiar with those types of designs and toolset.

    The second consideration is that your designer is familiar with 3D printing processes and materials, and the design implications. They should know what will work and what will not, and be able to tell you from experience how to adapt before you pay for a useless print.

    There are two files that are important. The native design file type (determined by the tool it is built in) and the 3D printing definition file - in most ases you will want is an STL file - that is what you will submit to your 3D printer. If you want flexibility to modify your design in the future you might require it built in a specific product that you desire. The thing to be careful is having someone build it in a consumer tool - as it may not be very portable to other design tools if you wanted to do something with it in the future. If this is a one shot thing, you just want designed and printed, your only requirement could be getting the STL.

    If its a simple design it might qualify for a $40 flat fee design. If its an dynamic/organic shape, complex, or precise then the hours will go up. A "typical" design of a small object with moderate detail should take between 1-3 hours. Rates vary from free (people will do it because they want to learn the tools) to over $100/hour for larger professional shops.

    Happy to bid your design project if you would like to send me the picture.

    Sam Fleming