What Is 3D Modeling?

3D modeling is one of the most powerful and effective ways to turn 2D eCommerce operations into immersive 3D retail experiences. Unlike scanning techniques, 3D modeling from 2D images involves using CAD packages to manually build digital versions of source materials.

If modelers know the dimensions of products being modeled and have a couple of 2D images which show them accurately, they can replicate them quickly and cheaply.

There’s no need for site visits or proximity to a physical object. Instead, modelers could be anywhere in the world. And if they have the right skills, almost anything can be modeled with impressive fidelity.

The potential is almost infinite. But how should you commission 3D product modeling? There are two options here: outsourced or in-house modeling. Let’s quickly look at them and assess their merits and weaknesses.


  • Clients supply 2D images and brief specifications for modelers to follow.
  • Modelers have access to cutting-edge software so that you won’t need to purchase expensive licenses.
  • CGTrader uses the largest database of 3D modelers in the world. Moreover, our community of thousands of experienced 3D modelers has been vetted and approved for quality, while our advanced quality assurance system provides an additional guarantee.
  • Modeling flows can be automated to save time.
  • Clients can provide detailed feedback about every visualization, ensuring they fine-tune the visual elements to arrive at a high-fidelity representation. So quality control is just as tight as when you keep modeling in-house.
  • CGTrader also offers a Digital Asset Management platform which makes organizing your 3D catalog simple.
  • Large batches can be modeled moderately quickly. It’s the ideal way to scale up from small 3D operations to full-scale eCommerce stores.

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