Estimating Project Times: Some Considerations

MAKING A PROJECT MODEL

Determining how long it takes to do a job depends on numerous features. Many of these times can be dramatically reduced using 3D CNC technology, but others will be specific to individual jobs and these you will have to anticipate. Training and experienced support will go a long way towards helping appropriately gauge time requirements on a project.

MAKING A PROJECT MODEL

Will you be using a physical model or virtual model? What will you be basing your project on? Creating a project model can take minutes or days depending on what you are starting with and what you are planning to do. If, for example, you are working from a 2D plan, rendering an appropriate 3D model can be highly time-consuming. On the other hand, if you are working from an existing physical object, these can be scanned and a digital file rendered quite quickly and often without much supervision.  If you have chosen to work with a maquette (a small, sculpted 3D model) it may take some time for the creation and approval of this as well, before it can be scanned and production of the project begun. Getting client approval on a model can also be time-consuming (although not nearly so time-consuming as redoing work a client is unhappy with). Therefore, it is a good idea to be generous in budgeting time for this initial planning phase.


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