Frequently Asked Questions About Engineering Design

What payment methods do we accept?

Private clients.
Private clients generally need to pay 50% of the quoted price up-front and the remainder when the 3D model and invoice is delivered and you’re satisfied. The payment methods we accepted from private clients are bank transfer or PayPal.

Business clients.
Business clients generally fill out a credit application and receive an invoice at the end of the month which is to be paid by the end of the following month. The payment methods accepted from business clients is bank transfer, cheque or PayPal.
For more information or a credit application contact us via the contact page.

How much does it typically cost for a 3D model?

The cost to create a 3D model will vary depending on your requirements. A simple model may take as little as 30mins to create whereas a more complex assembly could take a number of days. We quote our services based on an estimate of the hours required to complete the task and invoice a minimum of 2 hours.
To get an idea of how much our services cost give us a call to discuss your requirements.

How long does it take to create a 3D model?

The turnaround will depend on how many hours of work are required to produce the model and the current work load. With our current work load simple models can be completed the next day. If you have a deadline and require your models ASAP we’ll endeavor to rearrange our work to meet your needs.
You can speed up the process by making sure you have provided all the information we require to create the 3D model.

Is extra software needed to view a 3D model?

Whether or not you need extra software to view your 3D model will depend on what you intend on doing with it.

The simplest way to interact with your 3D model is if we create a 3D .pdf for you, which you can view using standard Adobe Reader software which is already installed on most PCs. Click here to see an example of a 3D.pdf. The file will open in a new window and you’ll be able to click and drag the 3D model to rotate it.

Another way to interact with your 3D model is to download and install a free 3D model viewer. This is recommended if you’re using a 3D model in a presentation or if the model is complex. Click here to go to the eDrawings website to download the free 3D model viewer. To get you started you can download an example eDrawings 3D model here.

What file types can you open?

We have the capability of opening just about any file type you can send us. Some of the more common file types we can open are listed below.

  • Images (.jpeg .jpg. .bmp .png .gif)
  • AutoCAD files (.dwg .dxf)
  • Adobe Photoshop Files (.psd)
  • Adobe Illustrator Files (.ai)
  • Adobe Portable Document File (.pdf)
  • Parasolid (.x_t .x_b .xmt_txt .xmt_bin)
  • IGES (.igs .iges)
  • STEP AP203/214 (.step .stp)
  • ACIS (.sat)
  • VDAFS (.vda)
  • VRML (.wrl)
  • STL (.stl)
  • CATIA Graphics (.cgr)
  • ProE Part (.prt .xpr)
  • ProE Assembly (.asm .xas)
  • Unigraphics (.prt)
  • Inventor Part (.ipt)
  • Inventor Assembly (.iam)
  • Solid Edge Part (.par .psm)
  • Solid Edge Assembly (.asm)
  • SolidWorks Part (.sldprt)
  • SolidWorks Assembly (.sldasm)
  • SolidWorks Drawing (.slddrw)
  • CADKEY (.prt .ckd)
  • IDF (.emn .brd .bdf .idb)
  • Rhino (.3dm)
What software do you use for 3D modelling components?

3D Modelling SoftwareWe predominantly use SolidWorks and AutoCAD but have access and knowledge about a wide range of 3D modelling software. A list of programs we’re familiar with can be found below.

  • SolidWorks
  • AutoCAD
  • Autodesk Inventor
  • Google SketchUp
  • Pro Engineer
  • Rhino 3D
  • Solid Edge
  • Microstation
What information do you need to create a 3D model?


Engineering Consultant Checklist

The information you need to provide us with will depend mostly on your requirements. As a rough guide it’s recommended that you provide us with the following information:

  • Most importantly we need some type of sketch or drawing to give us an idea of what the object should look like. This can be as easy as sketching something with a pen and paper, taking a photo using your phone, then emailing it straight through.
  • Dimensions. We can’t guess what size you what your object to be so we need dimensions of every feature of your object, hole sizes, material thicknesses, height, width, depth etc.
  • Material. We need to know what material the object is made from. This lets us create a realistic look.
  • Your requirements. What do you want to use your 3D model for? Do you only require the 3D model? Do you require engineering drawings? Do you require realistic, photo-like images of the model? The more we know about what you want, the easier it is for us to deliver.