For the creation or modification of any 3D assets that will be utilized during production. This includes 3D modeling, uv mapping, texturing, and material/shader setup to produce a render-ready 3D asset. This is generally a one time fee unless future changes to the design are requested.
Fees vary based on the complexity of the asset (structure, detail, texture, and materials). Fees also depend on what type of reference material we are given to work with. Creating a 3D asset from a rough sketch will typically require more work than creating a 3D asset from an object that already exists.
Composition Setup Fee:
For determining the composition of the image, camera and lighting setup, effects, rendering process, and post production work.
In the case of 3D animation, this fee also factors in any camera or object animation.
Fees vary based on the complexity of the asset and the overall composition. Products with very shiny/metallic surfaces and designs which contain significant detail tend to cost extra. Additionally, designs with complex backgrounds or additional graphics will tend to be more costly than a standard composition featuring an asset on a plain, simple, or transparent background.
An additional rendering fee may be applied in the case of 3D animation because of the sheer volume of images that are required to be rendered (for example: a 30 second animation, at 30 frames per second, requires 900 images to be rendered).
An additional rendering fee may be applied for Clients who require a large number of still images and /or very high resolution images (generally for large scale printing purposes).
An additional rendering fee may be applied for Clients who have a very tight deadline and require a "rush" job.
The above provides a general breakdown. Fees are ultimately determined on a per project basis with consideration given to the specific requirements of every project.
Can you create photo-realistic renderings from 3D CAD files?
We are often asked if we can create photo-realistic renderings from 3D CAD files created in programs such as Solidworks. The simple answer is yes, but there can be some issues.
CAD files are created primarily for manufacturing purposes, not visual purposes, and can tend to produce some visual issues when rendered. There are several issues that we've come across, but the most common is that CAD files often have perfectly sharp edges around corners of objects or around engraved / embossed text and those edges don't render very well. In the real world, even the edge of a table or the blade of a knife has some curvature and that curvature is able to catch highlights, shadows, and reflections. In order to produce a photo-realistic image, the 3D models we render must replicate their real world counterparts as accurately as possible. These problematic edges can hinder overall quality.
We often request to examine any 3D CAD files prior to finalizing a quote in order to check the overall quality and determine if there are any noticeable areas that may cause issues when rendered. If we do come across an area of concern, we will provide screenshots and discuss the issue with you. Again, to be clear, any issue we may discover does not mean there is anything wrong with the CAD files from a manufacturing standpoint.
In what format do you require CAD files to be provided?
We prefer to be provided with STEP files, but can also accept IGES and OBJ files.
Can you provide 3D files for 3D printing or manufacturing?
While we do create 3D models, our models are not able to directly be used for 3D printing or manufacturing. As 3D artists, the tools we use are not the same as the tools industrial designers and engineers work with to create 3D files for manufacturing purposes; neither are our 3D models which are created for visual purposes. The models we create may, however, be able to be reconfigured or, at minimum, serve as reference material for the creation of 3D CAD files that can be used for 3D printing or manufacturing.
Can you help develop our product?
We are not a product development company. We are a 3D visualization company that specializes in providing high quality images and animations utilizing top of the line, industry standard, 3D production and rendering software. When it comes to product development, we do not have the same expertise as industrial designers and engineers.
We can however help you create pre-visualization images / animations that can provide a realistic representation of your concept which can not only be used as initial marketing material, but can also be provided as reference material to aid industrial designers or engineers in the product development process.
Do you only do product visualization?
Not at all. While that is our primary focus, we have tremendously talented artists that are able to cater towards all different kinds of industries including automotive, medical, industrial, architectural, fashion, video games - you name it. We embrace the opportunity to work on high quality designs for any industry.
What is your revision policy?
Each project is unique in this aspect, and there is no set revision policy that universally applies.
For projects where there is a clear direction, we're happy to provide two to three revisions assuming they don't require an unreasonable amount of work or fall outside the scope of what was initially discussed and budgeted for.
For projects that have a more ambiguous direction or require more conceptualization, we expect there may be numerous revisions and will discuss this with you in full detail prior to finalizing a quote.
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