Drafting out parts with the potential to solve a problem can be very satisfying. But the popular expression “a solution leads to another problem” can also rear its ugly head here. To create the 3D model of your “solution,” you need 3D modeling services. Either from within your company or an external source. If you’ve completed one or two 3D projects in the past, you probably know what happens next. Yet, some projects can take way longer than expected. This can result in a frustrating turn of events, especially if the project in question is setting back a much bigger project. So many factors can be responsible for the speed of your project. For example, it may be that you’ve set false expectations. Or some other reason you could have avoided if you knew what we’re about to discuss in this article. On that note, If you’re wondering why your current 3D project is moving slower than a snail’s pace or are hoping to avoid the same fate with your next project, the following tips can help:

1. Your Project Maybe More Complex Than you Thought

A complex model would require more time. For example, if you’re looking to put together a car engine, you’ll need more time than you’d need to model a plastic pen. Also, projects don’t always use the same tools. For example, other companies may be moving your type of project faster with other tools. It could take longer to complete if you require complicated tools to create intricate features. Additionally, if you’re used to submitting and completing simple projects, you could have set the wrong expectations. Ask your 3D modeling service or team for a time estimate to avoid this. This way, you can inform your planning process. 

2. The Larger your 3D Modeling Company, the Longer It May Take

Most large companies have a predefined mode of operation. There’s usually a series of stops your project would have to make on its road to completion. Depending on your perspective on time, this can positively or negatively affect the speed of your project. On the one hand, this structured approach can result in a completely flawless result. In this case, you can eliminate the time spent pointing out corrections. While, on the other hand, your project can seem to move really slow, especially when compared to independent freelancers or smaller, more agile companies.  When speed is the main factor, freelancers and small companies have an edge. This is because of an easy and shorter flow of information.

3. Field of Specialization

Before outsourcing your project to a company, agency, or freelancer, you must ensure it specializes in your field. The CAD industry is quite broad, with many areas of specialization. For example, a company/freelancer may have more experience modeling engineering parts than items in other industries. CAD designers tend to complete projects they’re more familiar with faster. For example, a 3D modeler with fashion industry experience is already familiar with how the 3D model of a glass frame looks and shortcuts to get there faster. The general principle remains the same even if they’re “never seen before” frames. But, if you ask the same modeler to create a 3D model for an engineering part, it might take him/her longer. That said, choosing a company that’s the right fit for your project will give you faster results and better quality. 

4. How Busy is the Freelancer/Company

While a busy company can mean that they have a large community of satisfied customers. It can also mean that you won’t complete your project on time. This can be because of the following: 

  • Your project does not get to begin the second you submit it.
  • They may have to Manage your project alongside others.  

When time is a factor, do well to discuss it with your modeler and ensure the team or freelancer allocates the right amount of time to your project. This way, you can avoid any possible delay due to too much workload at the end of your 3D modeling team. 

5. Stating Unclear Instructions

Most CAD designers believe the pace of a project depends on the level of detail you provide in your instructions. A clear and well-defined instruction manual will provide your modeler with all that’s needed for your project. However, if you pass on unclear or incomplete information, your designer will either:

  • Stop for detail at any confusing point, or
  • Guess what’s needed and move on.

The former means your work will be on pause during the “seeking clarification” process. However, you can speed up your project by ensuring you submit all the necessary information for its completion. You can set up a team meeting. Here you can work together to ensure you include every detail in the project’s instructions. By submitting the complete information, you eliminate any room for time-wasting. 

6. Change in Market Conditions

The speed of your project does not always lie in the hands of your modeler. Changes in market conditions can also cause your project to take longer than expected. For example, if your competitor beats you to a product release. Here, you might need to make improvements to your current design to survive the competition. Also, you can get caught up in a law change that affects the market’s current mood. This can result in your project losing feasibility. In other words, your 3D model could be subject to one of the following: 

  • A modification to reflect the law change
  • A restart, as you may need to return to the development stage.

Market changes that would require a return to the drawing board rarely occur. However, you must avoid getting caught up in this unpleasantness. To do this, put everything in place to ensure quick project completion. 


Now that you know why your project is taking longer than expected, you can avoid falling into the same pit. Additionally, factors that can affect the speed of your project are not limited to this list. However, you can follow the tips under each point to ensure you complete your project on time.