3d Modelling and 3d Printing Services

Uses for 3d Printed Models

3d modelling and 3d printing is a relatively fast and inexpensive way to produce physical models to visualise and communicate your design.  Make the best use of your existing digital assets and CAD files.  With our in-house 3d modelling capability, even at your initial idea stage, we can create the 3d model and use 3d printing and other digital manufacturing techniques to produce your physical model.   

Physical models are a powerful and effective way to engage with stakeholders.  Paper plans and graphics have their place but involve your audience having to do some mental gymnastics to imagine how it might look.  VR and AR is effective at engaging one person at a time but, unless you have a fully equipped room designed for the purpose,  can be less effective at stimulating discussion.  Models work well alongside 3d graphics, AR/AR and other visualisation techniques which can be combined to create maximum impact with your clients.   A physical model on the table will spark discussion within a group and have your audience leaning in for a closer look. 

The scale and level of detail required depends on what you are trying to communicate.  We can produce the external shape and form or include internal detail with cut-away and lift-off sections.   Take a look at one of our recent projects as an example where internal detail was a critical part of the brief.

Engineering and Exhibition Models

For large bulky equipment, it is often impractical or expensive to transport the real item to prospective customers.  For bulky subsea equipment, your client may never see the actual equipment other than in a photograph. A scale model allows you to showcase your equipment anywhere.   For complex equipment, a model can be used to explain its operation to customers, operators or even your own staff.

A model can give your sales and marketing teams an edge in creating interest and clearly communicate your design.   Make your products stand out with exhibition models that create talking points and explainer models that communicate in the clearest possible way.

Subsea Trenching System - Route Preparation

Architectural Models

We can produce models from your existing digital assets, import and process CAD generated with common BIM software or work from your rough sketches and dimensions.    Processing involves unifying loose parts into a single "manifold" object that can be 3d printed.   Where necessary, we thicken walls and adjust levels of detail to make them printable but in a way that respects the exterior dimensions and appearance, paying particular attention to your brief and the idea you need the model to communicate.   Our past projects include creating 3d printed models of large city-centre developments from Autodesk Revit to single domestic houses in Sketchup and everything in-between (of-course, Sketchup can do large projects too).   

Where a 3d printed model can really help is in projects requiring extended public and stakeholder consultation.   In cases where you need to communicate clearly with large, non-technical audiences, a model becomes an essential part of your engagement strategy. 

Celtic3d can incorporate 3d printing into your workflow as an inexpensive, rapid way to get some additional value from your digital assets and improve your client engagement, especially with non-technical stakeholders.

More on Architectural models

3d printed architectural model showing interior detail

Product Prototypes

Show off your product concepts to prospective clients with a 3d printed model.  Once a 3d model has been created digitally,  it is relatively inexpensive to produce copies or make adjustments in an iterative design process.   Check and adjust the form of your design before committing to lengthy and expensive tooling.

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Or contact us directly via email at: sales@celtic3d.com

Phone: +44 (0)7714 790161   (08:00 to 19:00 Mon-Fri  timezone GMT+0)

Request a quote

We will provide a quote for our services and confirm the details with you before proceeding with your order.  The quote will include the price and delivery date for your model.

Lead Times

We will provide a delivery date with our quote.  For more complex jobs, it might make sense to build in some review points to check the design as it progresses, in those cases, we will make that clear in the quote.

Lead times of 15 working days are typical for plastic and resins.  Some materials - especially plated metals and ceramics, take a bit longer.    If you have a tight deadline we will try to help out where possible and we will give a quick response to whether we can meet your deadline or not.  

Price Guide

Prices are calculated from two factors.

  1. Design effort (including the effort to converting CAD files and preparing them for print).  Our rates are GBP 60 per hour or GBP 500 per day.   Modelling the ROV model pictured on this page took less than a day of modelling time,  the building with lift off sections and internal detail: about a week and a half.   
  2. Manufacturing cost. Manufacturing cost is most heavily influenced by the material and volume of material used.  Note: volume varies significantly for a small change in size.

We will work with you to get the right balance of finish quality, size, level of detail and price and confirm the details with you in our quote.  There is no obligation to proceed until you are fully happy and have formally accepted the quote.

More Information

You can read more about the processes and services we offer here.

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