The 3D Furniture Rendering Process at MAP Systems

3D furniture rendering is an excellent option for those who are engaged in the design and manufacturing of furniture. By employing 3D renders for your business, you can showcase the best features of your products and bring more sales. So, if you need help with the development of three-dimensional furniture renders, we can proudly recommend our 3D furniture rendering services.

The 3D Furniture Rendering Process

At MAP Systems, we have a team of professional 3D designers who are qualified and experienced in the domain. They employ cost-effective process to carry out 3D furniture rendering and produce photorealistic outcomes.

Using 3D furniture renders can indeed offer numerous benefits to your business. However, certain things in the furniture rendering process can impact the overall cost of your project. Here, we’ll help you become aware of those things so that you can keep your cost and turnaround times to a minimum.

We’ll discuss the 3D furniture rendering process we generally use at MAP Systems, no matter whether your project is small or big. Keep reading!!

  1. Gathering information about the project

    Despite being aware of the industry best practices and standards, we need all the information regarding the creation of furniture 3D models or furniture 3D renders. Providing as much data upfront can reduce the chances of revision, thereby minimizing the cost of the project.

    Here’s a list of the various things that make our workflow seamless.

    • Mood Boards

      We create mood boards for lifestyle images or have the reference images ready to support development.

    • Notes & Descriptions

      The more notes or descriptions you provide for the outcomes you are expecting, the better.

    • AutoCAD Files

      Providing .dwg or similar file types for designs or related parts like lighting, hardware, USB ports, etc. can be of great help.

    • Finish Samples

      Offering high-resolution samples can help us to create the exact match.

    • Existing 3D Models

      We can work on 3D models of any format and carry out the needed adjustment.

    The above information isn’t available to us all the time. However, our project manager and 3D artists piece every limited given information together to work on the projects. The speed of furniture rendering creation usually depends on the information that we receive. We encourage figures and numbers instead of verbal descriptions.

  2. Offering quotes and finalizing prices

    Before finalizing the project, we can provide you with quotes upon request. We consider the source files, project requirements, time needed for project completion, etc.

    Besides, various aspects of furniture rendering can influence the cost of the project. Knowing them beforehand will help you to plan appropriately and reduce extra expenditure. Here’s what the different aspects of furniture rendering are

    • Use of Upholstery

      As compared to case goods, upholstered goods will need more time for 3D modeling. It includes things such as custom stitching, tufting, throw pillows, slip covers, etc.

    • Backgrounds Details

      Developing 3D renderings on white backgrounds, otherwise known as silo image, are cheaper than developing lifestyle images that involve a furniture product displayed in a room having complementary décor.

    • Complexity of Finish

      Creating a simple, natural finish will take less time than creating an antique finish that is rub-through and involves wire brushing.

    • 100% Finish Match

      If you need us to create the exact finish match, then we’ll need the exact texture references for the furniture models. If the desired one isn’t available, we can create it based on your given specifications or reference images.

    • Similar 3D Models

      Rendering several furniture pieces from the same collection will be more cost-effective than rendering from different groups or collections. We can alter, scale, or stretch similar elements to streamline the 3D furniture modeling process.

    Besides, you can rest assured that our quotes are available for free. If you need help with keeping the cost of your project to a minimum, our project manager can assist you with the same. They can suggest to you where to cut down the corners, how to creatively use the existing assets, and how to arrange the files.

  3. Creating 3D models

    This is the most important step in the process of 3D furniture rendering. However, since the process is a bit time-consuming, we check a few things before starting.

    • If there is any unnecessary information

      CAD files are likely to contain lots of information. Some information will be relevant while some irrelevant. In that case, you need to find out the irrelevant information and remove them before sending the files for 3D modeling of furniture. It will ensure that we don’t waste time creating unnecessary elements.

      Additionally, our project managers will also audit the files before sending them to our 3D modelers. In case we are confused about something being omitted, we’ll ask you. Omitting unnecessary information can also help to keep the costs down.

    • If the reference files reflect the latest version

      Revisions are common to any development process. So, if changes are made to your design, you must save it, even if it’s a minor one. Not saving the changes will result in the 3D model being created with incorrect specifications.

    • If physical requirements are clearly expressed in the source files

      Project drawings don’t always contain every detail about the industry-standard design specifications. Assuming that we would include them while working on the project would be unfair since it is hard to predict what you know about your domain. That’s why all physical details must be clearly stated.

      We mostly find the below details omitted

      • Score lines
      • Hardware placements
      • Edge chamfers and radiuses
      • Drawer gap spacing
  4. Creating 3D scenes

    After creating the 3D furniture models, we start developing the 3D scenes. The 3D scene is essential for developing the final renderings. It mainly involves three steps.

    • Step 1: Importing the 3D models

      We import the three-dimensional models of furniture and start placing the objects. If we have created the models, we can move to the next step. However, if you are the one providing us the models, then there are a few things you should consider. Check if

      • 3D models are available in a common format
      • Different units 3D models were created in
      • Availability of any physical model attributes that need texture for representation
    • Step 2: UV mapping and material creation

      In the UV mapping process, our 3D artists instruct the 3D rendering software on how to use the 3D texture for the final image renders. This can further help in controlling texture seams, texture scaling, or grain direction. The process is carried out manually. However, we do employ a few custom 3D tools to speed up the process.

    • Step 3: Lighting and test rendering

      After the UV mapping process, we create 3D materials and instruct the 3D program on how the texture should look in the final 3D renderings. This process can take a long time depending on how similar you want the material to look like the reference image.

      Here are a few examples of the different material attributes developed in the furniture rendering stage.

      • Transparency
      • Glossiness
      • Reflectance
      • Grain texture
      • Rub-through materials

    At MAP Systems, we have an extensive library of photorealistic materials that can be used for the projects. Besides, we can also adapt to existing assets for meeting your project needs within a short time. In case you need the materials to be a 100% real-world match, it will involve significant test renderings along with revision or approval cycles.

    Since furniture 3D rendering looks a lot like real-world furniture photography, our 3D designers use a simulated camera, digital lights, and even work on different aspects like perspective correction, the focal length of the lens, perspective correction, etc.

    Each project we handle will undergo a test-rendering stage. In this stage, we’ll create low-resolution images, which will be further sent for feedback. Do know that the test rendering won’t guarantee revision or no revision but is best for avoiding large revisions.

  5. Final rendering and post-production

    After test rendering and making the needed adjustments, we’ll submit the project for the network rendering purpose at full resolution. Based on the scene file’s complexity, the stage may also showcase a significant aspect of the project cost.

    The largest rendering cost will be for animations, the next will be for lifestyle images, and the least will be for renderings on plain white backgrounds. After rendering the final images, our 3D designers will add finishing touches using software like Photoshop.

All the steps mentioned above are commonly employed for the furniture rendering process. However, we believe that each project is unique, which is why the steps are comprehensive to none.

At MAP Systems, we’ve worked on thousands of commercial 3D furniture rendering and residential 3D furniture rendering for clients. With a clear work plan and objective in mind, we have successfully developed high-quality, photorealistic 3D furniture renderings without fail.

By serving the domain for more than a decade, we’ve also gathered up rich experience and know what’s in demand. So, visit our website for more information and avail our 3D design services if you wish to bring your furniture design concepts to life.