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Engineer moving parts
New
Fixed-price ‐ Posted 7 hours ago

$100
Fixed Price

Expert
Experience Level

I need a design that is as open as possible but can be inside of a 3-1/2” pendant https://www.pinterest.com/pin/full-diamond-rotating-m…

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Prototype Hourly ‐ Posted 23 hours ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

1 to 3 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience Level

Looking to have a prototype made of a patented invention.

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Vacancy of 3D Animator Fixed-price ‐ Posted 1 day ago

$700
Fixed Price

Intermediate
Experience Level

Indian Armed Forces project like , projection mapping , sound and light show , films and branding

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$40
Fixed Price

Entry
Experience Level

1. Create an Unhinged shell/replacement housing for the Nintendo DS PHAT model (first model) 2. DSPHAT is a clamshell design handheld…

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3D Print/Sculpture Fixed-price ‐ Posted 4 days ago

$400
Fixed Price

Expert
Experience Level

I need a countertop-sized 3D Sculpture made to look similar to the Christmas decorations in the picture. At nighttime the deer glistens…

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3d printing
New
Hourly ‐ Posted 9 hours ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

1 to 3 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience Level

i want 3d print lock which hold 2 different parts together

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$25
Fixed Price

Intermediate
Experience Level

I am looking for a 3D printer that can make a replica of our joint crusher device. Please see attached photos for more details.

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3D Designer using Fusion 350 Fixed-price ‐ Posted 2 days ago

$10
Fixed Price

Entry
Experience Level

Hi, I'm looking for a 3D designer to design a hydroponic system tower. I will send a link and a few files containing previous designs.…

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Product Developer for Makeup Kit Idea Hourly ‐ Posted 2 days ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

1 to 3 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience Level

Im looking for someone to find a manufacturer to develop a product that Im creating and have patented. So I want a kit that looks simi…

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Technical content writing Fixed-price ‐ Posted 6 days ago

$50
Fixed Price

Expert
Experience Level

should have excellent knowledge of 3d printing technology and there process. looking for mechanical background with a master's degree.…

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How to Become a Freelance 3D Printing Expert

3D printing is a relatively new, dynamic printing technique that has taken the consumer and industrial world by storm. Printing in 3D is the practice of creating a solid three-dimensional object using a digital file.

Also known as additive manufacturing, 3D printing uses a virtual, computer-aided design file created through a specialized modeling program. The 3D printer then creates the object by printing thin, horizontal slices on top of each other. In the end, the 3D printer creates an object that is used for personal or industrial use.

What does a freelance 3D printing expert do?

A freelance 3D printing expert engages in creating solid three-dimensional objects using 3D modeling software and a 3D design printer. The use of 3D printers is relatively new. Individuals and companies are finding more ways to design and print objects using 3D printers. As the practice becomes more common, the demand for 3D printing experts will grow, and with it demand for professionals who can use their creativity and technical skills to design objects based on client specifications using 3D modeling software.

Once an object is designed, the 3D printing expert must then create it using one of several printing processes. These printing processes may include inkjet technology, material extrusion, light polymerization, powder bed printing, or lamination. A freelance 3D printing expert must have experience in all phases of design and printing in order to successfully deliver printed objects to their clients.

What skills do I need to become a freelance 3D printing expert?

With new technology like 3D printing, practitioners are discovering a variety of skills that are necessary to become successful. While clients have specific needs that may require some skills over others, there are common skills a 3D printing expert should possess. These skills include:

  • Artistic or creative ability. If you have creative talent and can do things such as draw freehand and bring design concepts to life, you might do very well as a freelance 3D printing expert. One of the most important skills in becoming a 3D printing expert is the ability to use your creativity to design and create concepts based on specific client requirements.
  • Familiarity with operating and designing in 3D software. In addition to creative talent, it’s a must that freelance 3D printing experts exhibit excellent knowledge of 3D modeling software. Modeling software acts as an extension of the freelancer’s creativity, enabling you to take a client’s initial concept and bring it to life on the screen in three dimensions. This skill goes a long way in helping 3D printing experts create objects based on stringent client requirements.
  • A comfort level with engineering principles. Because more engineers are leveraging the power of 3D printers, freelancers must have a high comfort level with general engineering concepts and principles. This will help printing freelancers speak the same language as engineers and streamline the creative process.
  • An ability to collaborate with other designers, engineers, and stakeholders. Freelance 3D printing experts are required to collaborate regularly with other creatives and stakeholders. To do this successfully, freelancers must be able to work well within a team, providing feedback while also listening to other points of view. At the end of the day, the freelancer must deliver what the client needs based on predetermined requirements.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills. When a 3D printing expert possesses many of the skills listed above, they will be equipped with the know-how to successfully problem-solve during the course of a project, helping clients meet deadlines and stay within budget. Unforeseen problems arise during any complex project. The ability to successfully resolve issues—as well as avoid potential issues—is a highly desirable skill among freelance 3D printing experts.
  • Excellent communication skills. When working with clients as well as other stakeholders on complex projects such as printing objects in 3D, it’s critical the freelancer exhibit excellent communication skills. Articulating your perspective respectfully while also listening to other perspectives will go a long way in avoiding misunderstandings and strengthening working relationships.
  • An aptitude for technical concepts. A freelance 3D printing expert must exhibit an understanding of technical concepts. Clients that hire 3D printing specialists will either be engineers or work alongside them. As a result, 3D projects may incorporate a number of technical concepts covering engineering, architecture, and manufacturing disciplines. It’s a must that freelance 3D printing experts be well versed in these areas to provide value to their clients.

What are the core freelance 3D printing expert job responsibilities?

Clients hiring 3D printing specialists will require the 3D printing freelancers to handle a number of duties. While these duties may differ from client to client and project to project, there are core tasks that most 3D printing experts will be responsible for once hired by the client.

These core 3D printing expert responsibilities include:

  • Operate and maintain 3D printers and related tools
  • Inspect and measure all parts fabricated by a 3D printer
  • Determine the best 3D printing method for various products
  • Review and refine product design concepts before and after input into 3D modeling software
  • Use modeling software to test and finalize all products prior to printing
  • Provide updates and product reports on all fabricated product batches
  • Provide feedback and recommendations on all prototypes
  • Measure tolerances of all fabricated products to be used in machinery
  • Collaborate with product development and sales teams on all product concepts

Should I get a degree or certification to become a freelance 3D printing expert?

In addition to developing your 3D printing skills, obtaining a degree and/or professional certification can help your Upwork profile stand out. Popular degrees or certifications helpful to becoming a freelance 3D printing expert include:

  • An associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s degree in engineering, art, computer science, AutoCAD, graphic design, architectural design, or an equivalent field from an accredited college or university
  • The MakerBot 3D Printing Certification Program—offered by MakerBot
  • The 3D Printing Revolution offered by University of Illinois via Coursera

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