Here are some of the most commonly asked questions in relation to our services. Please let us know if there is something specific you would like to know about that is not listed here.

What is needed to start a 3D rendering project?

  1. Contact name and company name

  2. Names of all involved to CC in emails, if any

  3. Project name and PO if required

  4. Scope of Work - Detailed description of the project in question

  5. Date the project needs to be completed by

  6. CAD file(s), or drawings/sketches to build from. We import your CAD file using any of these file formats - dwg, fbx, or 3ds. Other import options we can use: obj, spf dc, step dc, Stl dc, igel, igs, iges dc and alembic.

  7. Materials list - Showing what goes where. Links to Mfg. materials, or provide swatches/photos.

Exporting CAD files - One of the main problems we run into, is trying to import CAD files that are not setup properly. The results can be time consuming for both parties. If problems should occure, here are some steps to take, prior to exporting your CAD files:

  • Create a new clean drawing, and insert the drawing to be rendered.

  • Perform an Audit, purge.

  • Delete any hidden or residual layers

  • Remove all unnecessary 2D elements

  • Centered the elements so the X and Y are at 0.0.

  • Make sure nothing in the file is referencing a third party plug-ins/application.

  • If xRef's connected to .dwg file are required, they need to be properly bound prior to exporting.

Sometimes the problem could be from some sort of hidden or residual layer(s) or blocks from an xref that was bound to the original drawing.

How long does it take? - This depends on the “scope of work”, (i.e. rendering or animation) the amount of updates or revisions involved. Will be receiving a CAD file, or do we need to build the project in question. However, something like a small office, a product rendering or workstation should take around a day or two. Send us the details, and we will give you a quote.

How much will it cost? - This also depends on the “scope of work”, and the amount of updates or revisions involved. We charge by the hour, so something like a small office or small product can run anywhere from 40.00 and up. Send us the details, and we will give you a quote.

What equipment do you use? - We run 3, eight core mac pro computers (24 cores) to do the modeling and rendering work.

What software do you use? - We use Autodesk Maya for modeling and animation, and Chaos Vray for rendering. We also use Adobe CS5 for post editing.