There was a time when designing a product meant drawing by hand and creating a prototype manually. This has all changed with the advent of computer aided design (CAD) software packages, plus clever machines such as CNC and 3D printers. Nowadays, the designer of even the simplest of products will use a CAD system to lay down the basics. Such software can allow a 3D visualisation of a 2D drawing, so that problems and mistakes can be ironed out at the design stage. By doing so, time – and therefore money – is saved on redesigns at a later stage.
If you have a product in mind, yet don’t have a CAD system or the relevant expertise in using one, then there are professional design companies and service providers who can put together the design of your product to your brief, and then produce prototype examples in the quantity you require. CGTrader is one name you should make a note of if you need such a service. How does the typical product images conversion to 3d models process look like and what it entails?
From Design to Final Product
The modern designer will begin with a 2D image – it may be a sketch that the client has put on paper, for example – refine it into workable drawings, and produce a viewable 3D visualisation of the item on screen for the client to view. Refinements are made, and eventually the product is produced when designer and client have collaborated on the final result. With CGTrader, clients have access to a vast array of designers across the world who are experts in the field.
Working from drawings or even photographic images, and with dimensions supplied by the client, the final product can be produced surprisingly quickly. Furniture, for example, is a popular area of 2D to 3D design in eCommerce. From a set of pictures to final product can be achieved in a matter of a few days. For simpler products – say jewellery or other adornments – it may be possible in hours.
Complexity and Method of Production
The length of time from 2D images to 3D production depends upon several factors. These are basically the complexity or otherwise of the item, the method required to physically manufacture it, and how many the client requires. Naturally, the more complex the more work will need to go into it, and while 3D printers can handle smaller items with ease, more sophisticated CNC machines – able to cut shapes in metal and other materials – may be needed in some cases.
CGTrader can offer you models made in wood and metal, and in soft materials such as fur, and in wicker and more. The scope for design and production of models is vast. If you have an idea you want to discuss, the best thing for you is to get in touch with CGTrader and have a chat with one of their experienced and knowledgeable team to find out the best way to get your model made.