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  06 June 2013
Releasing a 3D model to the client (work for hire being a 3D print)

Hello everyone.
I wanted to ask your opinion of this.
If a client hires me to create a 3d printed replica of a commercial product, what could I say in case he asks for the 3D files as well? My client does have a 3D artist on his staff but he is not experienced enough to do this.
What percentage of the 3D print cost would you charge to release the source file?
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  06 June 2013
You could probably make an agreement about what they can do with the file that you give them since they probably need the file to do the 3D printing. Otherwise you would have to price it according to how they would be able to use it for anything.
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  06 June 2013
Deliverables should be defined in your contract. Product only, or product and digital assets.If your contracted deliverable includes the digital asset, your up front fee should include potential future income losses from repeat business.
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  06 June 2013
The cost of the print should be the cost of making the asset plus profit margin, plus the cost of the print, plus handeling and administration. The price of the asset files can be between 30% to 50% of the asset cost. I say 'can' becuse the value of the asset files you created depends on such a wide range of variables its impossible to mention anything that is past a guessed figure.

I reckon you should charge as much as you can get away with
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  06 June 2013
Originally Posted by Dennik: Hello everyone.
I wanted to ask your opinion of this.
If a client hires me to create a 3d printed replica of a commercial product, what could I say in case he asks for the 3D files as well? My client does have a 3D artist on his staff but he is not experienced enough to do this.
What percentage of the 3D print cost would you charge to release the source file?

If they are asking for a single print from you, and they hold the design rights and all, then that asset is of no use to you.

Figure out how much a re-do, or a modling and scan, or something on those line would cost them, and charge that much or less, so that your offer is more palatable than alternatives and you squeeze out as much as you can from this job.

Ultimately it boils down to making as much money as you can from a gig without ripping your client off or antagonising him to the point he won't become a return customer.

If you hold the right to the design and distribution as well, then you should figure out how, and how much, you could monetize that, and charge accordingly.

What that is worth is hard to impossible to estimate, in absolute or percentage values, without knowing more details than you should be comfortable disclosing.
It boils down to figuring out potential loss of future earnings and making sure you get close to that much in addition paid to you.
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  06 June 2013
Resin, Electricity, Labor, and Talent. Charge extra for re-works except in cases where the re-work can be agreed to have been caused by a quality defect attributable to you.

Charge extra for the "3D file on Disc".

Hit plus on your calculator... do it a lot.
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