Starting from scratch, creating or finding a 3D model can be intimidating. Grab a coffee, I’ll walk you through it!

First option: I’ll do it for you! I’m quick and I’ll find what you need. If you’re doing a project with us, we’ll 3D scan for free or find an existing model for free.

Here’s your DIY options:

If you have a decent grip on computer programs and a knack for sculpting, try a 3D sculpting program like Meshmixer (or check out my article on modifying 3D objects for more info).

Don’t want to sculpt it? Go to a marketplace service like CGTrader, TurboSquid, or GrabCad where artists of all skillsets create pretty much everything. They’re usually less than $50 and often free (check the model license to make sure you can use it how you want to.)

It’s only $44 for this amazing model by metaforma on turbosquid

Can’t find it there? You can always hire your own digital sculptor! Try out Fiverr or search craigslist. It can get expensive though. Talk through the wage/contract terms with the artist first, and they should give you screenshots of the model before you need to hand over any money.  Most in this community are honest people and problems are pretty rare – just be clear about everything from the start.

If you have a 2D drawing that you need to make 3D, we can do it for you. Any format will work, jpeg, png, pdf, etc, we’ll model it and get it made.

On that note, if you have a good image that you need to make into a DXF, try vectorization.org. It’s amazing and it’s free – just upload your image and download a DXF, plug it into your laser engraver or whatever you need it for. Done!