What do you do?
I can work with you to get your idea onto Solidworks, ready for 3D printing. As a product designer the more details you can give me the better (some drawings with key dimensions, reference images from the internet or even a sketch on a napkin!).
What is your USP?
Speed and accuracy, I have been using Solidworks for over 8 years and have been working with prototypes for over 6 years so if you need a design in a hurry I would be a good option.
What do you charge?
I charge £25-35 an hour depending on the time-scale and how complex the modelling is. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a quotation of your project.
Case Study: Architectural Model
The PodPassiv design by Charlie Greig is a great example. I took the architect's model and re-drew it so it was suitable for 3D printing. I also constructed the building so each wall panel could be removed to show the metal frame. The process from start to finish from being sent the data to a printed delivered model took us two weeks. The scale model is to be used in exhibitions around the country to showcase Charlie's design.
Case Study: Chopper 3D Print
As a product designer I sometimes find it hard to switch off! I am a huge fan of the American Chopper series on Discovery and couldn't resist having a go at designing a chopper myself. I modelled the bike to scale in Solidworks with individual parts as I would normally design a product. It only took a few hours to convert this CAD assembly into a single part (with increased wall thicknesses) ready to be 3D printed. I sized it down to 1/20th scale and printed it from Shapeways.
Case Study: Sci-Fi Model
3D printing was used to make a one of a kind model created for the world of Halo. Lots of detail was created on the CAD model which really gave the final 3D print a true sense of scale and realism. The image above shows a half-completed model, please check another blog post here for the final painted model.
Case Study: Prototypes
I use 3D printing, (or more commonly called "rapid prototyping") in the fishing design industry I currently work in. This is a fantastic product design tooling which reduces the lead time from brief to tooling because ideas can be quickly tested and developed. The images above only show a small example of the range of materials that are possible with 3D printing.