Last updated on October 24th, 2020 at 05:09 pm


It might seem like an impossible career path, but if it's your passion, there are some options.

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Do you enjoy creating 3D models and are wondering if you can make a living out of it? It is possible to make this passion your main source of income. While some artists have full-time 3D modeling jobs at places like Dormzi and other different studios, some talented individuals prefer to freelance. If you don’t want to go with either of these options, you can still make money in 3D modeling by being a business owner.

Working for yourself as a 3D modeling artist is fulfilling since it can allow you to create all kinds of models and learn new things. For instance, you can today be an animator and a sound designer the next day. Being a solo entrepreneur in 3D modeling also gives you a chance to market yourself to showcase your talent to different people. In return, you can make a lot of money with time. Use the following ideas to start making money as a 3D modeler.

1. Sell Plugins and Tools for 3D Software

If you have coding skills, you can sell plugins as well as scripts for different 3D software. Having the ability to code in software scripting languages can help you earn extra cash. If you have been working in this industry for a while, you may have gained a lot of experience to help you as you start your own business.

2. Selling Courses

You can also use different learning platforms to sell courses and tutorials. For you to start doing this, you need a screen recording software and microphone. Doing research can also help you find out the particular areas that many people show interest in.

3. Earn a Living from a 3D Printer

The affordability of 3D printers has made the 3D printing business thrive. As long as you have basic 3D modeling skills, you can start earning extra cash from 3D printed products. You also need to own a 3D printer that can help you print products and even 3D characters.

4. Create a Website or a 3D Blog

If you want to start marketing the 3D modeling business, you need to develop a website. You can also create a 3D blog that can help you share different insights with people. On this blog, you can, for instance, share everything you may have learned while working on different projects.

You can also include some of the problems that you have come across in 3D modeling and how you overcame them. This information can help anyone who may be interested in 3D. If your site gains popularity, you may start making cash through ads and affiliate marketing.

5. Sell 3D Renderings

If you have 3D renderings on a hard drive, you should consider selling them on stock video and stock images websites. Create an account on such sites and upload the renderings. This process is less time consuming and can, in turn, help you gain some extra cash.

6. Consider Selling Scanned 3D Models

Some of the 3D modelers have discovered other ways of making money. If you have a few cameras, you can use them to create 3D models. Get familiar with how to use photogrammetry software such as AgisoftPhotoscan. This can help you create appealing 3D models of different objects that you can sell on different sites.

7. Try Selling Regular 3D Models

Most studios prefer buying 3D models, rather than having their employees waste a lot of time modeling. Though the market has many 3D modeling artists, you can manage to earn a living from selling models if you focus on producing superior quality ones.

8. Develop Digital Prints or Posters

If you have been working in this field for a while, you probably know how to create digital prints. You can make cash from making and selling such prints online. You can even do this during your free time and earn extra money to supplement your main source of income.

9. Create an App or Game

If you have excellent 3D modeling skills, you can also earn passive income by creating a user-friendly app. You can even come up with a 3D mobile game that some people can enjoy. You should have some cash saved up so since it may take some time to start earning from the game or app.

I'm a freelance writer from Israel. I like to write about just about anything. English is my 2nd language so please forgive me if my writing isn't perfect.

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