I am designing a totally new product to sell online to a niche market. I have a pretty specific design in mind, however, I would like someone to create a digital 3D model to be 3D printed so that I can look at the design and examine it in a more "real world" setting. This is my first business venture outside of my professional "day job". I also do not have a huge amount of funds so something as affordable as possible would be great. Does anyone have any suggestions on how and where to start?
I just completed this process myself. Here's what I did:
1) I created a model in Googles Sketchup. The program is free is fairly intuitive and there are lots of resources for learning it.
2) From there I went to Upwork.com and hired someone to convert it into the proper form for 3D printing. I went with Fictiv.com for printing and they required a .step file so that is what I had designed.
3)Sent files to be printed and got them back a few weeks later.
I was very happy with the whole process and found it very affordable but my design is fairly simple. Now that my phototype is done I plan on market testing it. If you have any more questions please let me know. Best of luck!
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I've been there. Don't do that, it will cost you dearly in the long run. Always aim to design in-house. Why? First model will never be perfect, you will get locked up with the provider who may not have a good feel of your idea and the designs will not be satisfying to you. You will be running rounds and ratcheting the bills. It is likely to end up with something mediocre. And all your intellectual property will be depending on somebody else and their toolset. Very limiting!
Now how do you do that in-house? Get Autodesk Fusion 360, it's free until your business earns $100k. Spend a month or less learning it. It is very approachable and easy to create basic stuff in a matter of hours. You will learn heaps and will understand your product really well. Then use 3dhubs.com to print. That way will cost you very little, and you will really own your product.
So... me? I'm in the UK, but that needn't be a problem I deal with people worldwide. Have a look at my website, I've been turning ideas into prototypes for the last 17 yrs!
You should check out https://www.3dhubs.com/ . It is a community of people who have 3D printers that will print your part for you, and I am sure someone would work with you to model your design. Or I could help, depending on the design scope.
Hello. Try Alex, his rates are very very reasonable. His Skype ID is " irfafo " Communication will not be super easy though. His portfolio is https://www.behance.net/alexshish
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Send me what you have in your mind with the following details: End application, the atmosphere in which it is used, subject to contact of (any specific material, liquid, gas, temperature etc) and the need, in quantity and accuracy. Based on which I can design, render and show you the 3D, then go for prototyping and 3D printing, bulk manufacturing etc. I am from India with almost 30 years of work in product development and manufacturing. write back to custom parts online at g mail dot com
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Its not that complicated. Find a good mechanical engineer. He can give a CAD, that is a 3D model of your product so that you can analyse it. Later, you can use the same model as an input to the 3D printer and you can get an actual model.