Make Money From Your 3D Models

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Written By: Chris

A single 3D model can demand thousands of dollars in profit when sold to graphics or design companies. For a 3D model to command such a high price it must be highly accurate and lifelike.

Creating polygonal models has shown to be more profitable than creating other types of 3D models such as b-spline or NURBs 3D models. This being said, many buyers of 3D models take into account that NURBs models can be transitioned into polygonal models, but it is not possible to create a NURB model from a polygonal 3D model.

There are high market values for models that are lifelike – whether they are human models, organ models or models of household items or furniture. These 3D models are necessary within video games and other animations.

These lifelike models can take extensive periods of time to complete and therefore it is important to focus on specific aspects of the model. For example, when making a model of a popular vehicle, create the exterior of the vehicle first, but overlook parts of the vehicle that are not going to be required – such as the engine, or trunk.

In order for the artist to reach high earnings levels they must have an eye for detail and the know how, and skill to create these highly specialized 3D models. Detail and versatility are the keys to selling designs in the 3D model business. When companies purchase models for thousands of dollars, they expect the models to transition into different formats with ease. Creating models that can transition easily yields more income than a static 3D model.

For these reasons, details such as texture should be avoided as many companies employ individuals that can add on this texture. As well, when an artist adds texture to a 3D Model it can make the model hard to transition into other forms.

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21 Responses to “Make Money From Your 3D Models”

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  4. Mestophales Says:

    The article seems more like a preamble to a more detailed peice. There is a huge market out there for models but most lose sight or never venture into the 500,000 user base for Poser and DAZ Studio. These models are used for animation and still renders and usually run between 64 – 124k polys and are in obj format. Poser & DAZ Studio both support displacement maps and normal maps for even greater detail. This does not even talk about Reallusion’s iClone or even GarageGames market place for 3d game content. I will be doing a lecture on this very topic for the CG Dallas Usergroup on May 22nd 2009 from 7pm – 9pm

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