“How can you guarantee the quality of your works?” probably is one of the most frequently asked questions when our project managers are exploring the possibility of working with architects and designers. The quality of the 3D rendering works should be the top concern for anyone who uses this service. Quality is all about what the client gets out and is willing to pay for. In the architectural visualization industry, there is one more concern that the quality should not only be “good” but also be “consistent”. This is because the majority of the Architectural Visualization projects request more than one images.
As a professional architectural visualization studio started from 2006, AIMIR deeply understands that our clients’ satisfaction differentiates our brand from our competitors, lower the bar to collaboration, and gives our clients a sense of confidence in our services.
So, what is AIMIR’s Quality Control system? How does it guarantee our services and works? Today we’d like to share our comprehensive quality control system which help guarantee our services and protect our clients.
First things first, you need to get an idea of what we provide before knowing how to guarantee you during and after the process.
AIMIR is a professional Architectural Visualization studio founded in 2006. We are a team of highly creative individuals delivering realistic visualization solutions for architect, designers, real estate agents, developers and constructors. Despite the wide range of ArchViz, we typically offer:
3D Rendering Services;
3D Animation Services;
Virtual Reality Services;
360 Virtual House Tours;
Interior Rendering Services;
Exterior Rendering Services;
2D/3D Floor Plans;
3D Modeling Services;
3D Product Rendering Services.
With so many visualization services, we’ve built a strict and conscientious quality control system. In this way, we’ve delivered over 8,500 projects to the world and reached over 98% client satisfaction from 2006.
AIMIR’s Quality Control System
In 2006, we created the quality control system to guarantee our services and works. The system was gradually improved and completed a couple of years after. We’re confident to say this QC system has been tested and is able to cope with various situations. Of course, we will keep refining and improving it when we confront with more situations in the future.
In the following paragraphs, we’ll introduce the QC system from these aspects:
Quality control during production;
After delivery services;
Regular internal reviews.
Let’s start from the first one and see what we do to guarantee the quality during production.
#1. Quality Control During Production
As we all know, there is no standard quality measuring tool to assess a 3D visualization work. Or, let’s put it another way, most 3D teams have their own unique styles. However, there are still some key factors determining a “good” visual. The general judging rules of details, composition and creativity are just a start. There are more to learn in our blog Eight Ways to Spot a Good Rendering.
At AIMIR , no matter big or small scale, each project has a project team when the project starts. In the team, there is a project manager who is in charge of the overall project progress; a team of 3D artists who take care of your project production; and a production director who will supervises and manages all facets of the production process.
QC during production network.
The above image shows clearly how the project manager, 3D artists, and production director collaborate with each other and respond to the client during production. As you can see, when a client comments on the work, it won’t go to 3D artists directly. What happens is that our project manager sorts out the comments – normally there won’t just be one – and send them to the 3D team.
To guarantee the comments are seen and revised, 3D artists have internal check before sending back the visuals. And the production director is there from the beginning to end to supervise the production and give advice when necessary.
#2. After Delivery Services
Final delivery of the project is not the end. We never disappear and reject to reply emails after a project is completed. Actually, we understand the nature of architectural design industry that the design may need to change. At the same time, we love to maintain a long-term partnership with our clients rather than one-time collaboration.
With this in mind, we’ve developed our after delivery services, namely:
Summary of the project;
After the final delivery of each project, the project manager summarize the process of the project from both the good and bad sides. In general, the project manager goes through the whole project process and comes up with what we did to help this project and what we need to improve next time.
Survey of the experience;
Meanwhile, our clients may take the chance to fill a Client Satisfaction Survey. It is a survey that they can rate our service and provide any possible feedbacks. In the survey, we collect different aspects of feedbacks, such as the communication, attitude, integrity of the works, delivery performance, and many other factors.
AIMIRers deeply believe the quality feedbacks can enable a company to continuously improve service quality and client satisfaction by encouraging clients to complain. If a client experiences a service failure and does not say anything, we have no knowledge of the problem at all. And not only does a company have an unhappy client, it also have no idea that a problem exists. This is why we encourage our clients to voice.
By summarizing the project progress, we learn what improvement needs to be done. And by taking the survey, our clients have the window to voice the happy and unhappy experiences. This in turn help us to realize the undiscovered issues.
#3. Free-Trial System
As one of the oldest tricks in the marketing textbook, offering a free-trial still holds a good chance to influence the clients, in particular, in the 3D visualization industry. Unlike the FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods), 3D rendering services has its unique and unreplicable final works that differentiate one project from another. Therefore, it is not easy to just browse the portfolio or reference works and make the final decision.
We fully understand this, and that’s why we introduce a free-trial system. This is for some new clients who haven’t worked with us before, and are hesitating whether we’re able to create the idea CGI works for their project. If our clients are satisfied with our services during the trial period, they’re ready to pay for the full service and will bring new projects in the future on a regular basis. And that’s exactly what we want to see, because again, we hope to collaborate with long-term partners that trust each other.
#4. Internal Reviews
Review is always the best way to look back over the past for evaluation. In order to achieve the best result and keep our team at the same page, we hold regular reviews.
Every month, our 3D artists and project managers sit down and go through any possible issues from the past month. In the meeting, most of the topics are about the difficulties during the production of projects. And it is a great opportunity for 3D artists and project managers to open communicate any questions.
Emergency Internal Reviews for a Particular Project
This is not a regular thing. We only have this kind of review meetings when irregularity. For example, an emergency happens due to a project, and the problem is over the capacity of a project manager. At the time, the project manager, 3D team, and team leader will sit in a room brainstorming a solution.
Actually, we also have reviews with our clients and partners. It’s usually on a yearly basis. We love our clients and partners to help us improve and keep our architectural visualization works quality.
This is a general introduction of AIMIR’s quality control system. It helps erase the concerns of our future clients and guarantee the quality of our services from 360 degree. At the same time, we are ready to face any future challenges (because time changes and problem arises) and perfect this system to guide our clients a safe, fast, and quality 3D architectural visualization experience.
If you are interested in talking about our quality control or 3D rendering services, please contact us and we’ll get back to you within 12 hours!
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We’ve introduced various case studies about the details of 3D rendering process. Today, we cannot wait to share another story with an in-depth guideline of 3D rendering process. In this article, we will simplify the terms and present you the detailed process in the straightforward manner.
Project 576 is a redevelopment project, and Jacky from DRPA was looking for high quality renderings for marketing. It will be a 172-foot tall building with 17 floors, featuring retail shops and office spaces in New York, USA. The existing building is an 11-floor structure and the new “overbuild” 12 to 17 floors are the main part to demonstrate in this rendering project.
Using 3D rendering for marketing the redesign of an architecture is the smartest way. Let’s check the process now!
The Scope of Work
To be a perfect marketing material, our 3D renderings need to be a powerful visual tool to impress the viewers. At the same time:
Showcasing the design details of the added modern overbuild structure along the terrace;
Presenting the redesign of the first 2 floors storefront for retail;
Demonstrate the renovation interior for 3 to 11 floors;
The first stage of the 3D rendering process is to get clear the scope of work. Jacky, who is a well-organized and our reliable partner, had prepared the detailed brief. In the brief, we knew this project needs:
Three street and façade views.
Two lobby views.
A top building aerial view.
Two views of the amenity and terrace.
And most of these views needed more than one version. This was because they have several plans for this building and needed to get approved the most suitable one. This is not difficult to find when using 3D rendering services. Because the flexibility and quick response of CGI images, many architects, interior designers, real estate agents, and constructors use it as a tool to test which is the ultimate plan.
We’ll divide this project into exteriors and interiors.
3D Exterior Rendering Process
Stage 1: 3D Modeling
A SketchUp model was ready for further production from Jacky’s team. What our 3D artists did was to input it into the 3ds Max modeling and rendering software and gave it a fine-tuning. During this process, our 3D specialists sorted the elevations and lines in the SketchUp, arranged the included textures and materials. At the same time, we also added some details to the model based on the design plans. After all was done, the 3D model and the views were shared to Jacky.
The SketchUp model (left) and the fine-tuned 3D model (right).
Jacky was happy with the model, and immediately provided the material board for the façade. The below image is the material references from Jacky. It is clear and informative, with pictures of wanted material which is of great help!
Stage 2: Applying Materials, Textures, and Lighting
After studying the given references of the materials and textures, we picked the accurate materials and applies them on the model. This is a crucial step because the image will look realistic only when the material and textures are right and lifelike. We processed three plans of the top building that have different façade design. 3D rendering services are a handy tool when dealing with design change. It is fast and cost-saving to use 3D images to demonstrate various design plans for one structure.
Three plans of the top building.
Actually we created all three plans of the top building. But according to our Non-Disclosure Agreement, only the final plan is allowed to public. Thus, we’ll use the final plan as an example to show how materials, textures, and lightings are applied.
Stage 3: Post-Processing
In the initial stage, we’ve confirmed the moods for each view. This refers to the atmosphere settings of each camera angle. Whether it is a sunny day, a cloudy evening, or at night. For the exterior views of Project 576, we use a regular daytime for the eye-level street views and a bit of dawn for the top building and the terrace.
As the daytime setting, it gives the busy street a vibrant atmosphere with motion cars and walking pedestrians. Light and shadow is clear in the views, so the details of the building are vivid and the shadow brings contrast.
Different from the street views, the overbuilding is demonstrated with a gentle dawn mood. In the view, the surrounding buildings are rest in relatively dark environment, where our building is lit by the lights inside through the huge floor-to-ceiling windows. Meanwhile, we terrace out of the overbuilding is in the same mood.
3D Interior Rendering Process
The 3D interior rendering process follows quite the same procedure with exteriors. Our 3D artists started with creating 3D models of the interior spaces, then applied materials and textures on, and post-processed it with details.
For the interiors, Jacky asked for three views, namely the lobby from the gate, the lobby from inside, and the amenity of the overbuilding. The same with the exterior views, we also created different versions for each view based on different plans.
Exterior and Interior Rendering Results
When all views were confirmed from Jacky, our 3D artists output the 4K/5K high-res final images. The resolution is agreed at the very first stage of the project with our client. If you have no idea what resolution suits you better, please feel free to refer to this blog about rendering resolutionhere. Now, let’s enjoy the final results of Project 576.
Part of the project is still confidential and so as the exact address and client name. But thanks to DRPA’s brilliant design, and the efforts Jacky and AIMIR team have put in, we now are able to have a glimpse of what this amazing project look like. We’ll update any news here later.
Professionals from architecture, construction and real estate industries never hesitate on using architectural 3D rendering services to sell their designs. Given the promising results, 3D renders are able to escalate the presentation and then boost the sales. In fact, 3D rendering can show various aspects of an architecture such as the exterior, interior
In this blog, we’d like to introduce an amazing architecture: a residential building in Rancate, Switzerland. It is a two-story apartment building bearing a modern style with a roof floor and an underground floor. In our 3D renderings, not only the exterior of the residence is demonstrated in various views, we also arranged different stories that show how the SPA, pool area, parking space, and interiors accommodate the needs for its future dwellers.
Based in Milan, Italy, ASArchitectti is an architectural design studio that pays attention to sustainability and human living. Alessandro was looking for top quality 3D images for his design. Now, let’s explore the story behind this apartment together!
Before the Start: Briefing
Located in the center of a residential community in Rancate, Switzerland, Rancate Residential will be a modern space for locals to embrace the nature while enjoying high-standard living. We at AIMIR had assembled a team with a project manager and a small group of 3D artists to take care of this project specially. We do this all the time, that means each project, no matter small or large scale, has a special team and one-on-one service. This is to guarantee the quality of the final works and the delivery time.
Back to the first step, our professional project manager had a short kick-off meeting with Alessandro. During the meeting, we’ve figured out the vision of this project, and what materials and information he could provide at this stage. Also, we’ve clarified our 3D rendering process and how it worked. After the meeting, we’ve sorted the files Alessandro provided, they are:
The location and site photos. The precise location help us understand the surrounding context, and the site photos are used for composing the background of the final image.
The design. This time, Alessandro brought us the CAD plans. As a standard stage, our 3D artists would build 3D models based on these plans.
The material and texture references. These references are important because they clearly indicates the texture and material for each objects and surfaces. In the CAD plans, Alessandro had included the materials for the exterior of the building.
The camera angles, aka the views. Alessandro shared the camera angles he wanted for this project. Apart from some exteriors and interiors, he also wanted some simple 2D floor plans to help his client understand the design easily.
The furniture selection and layout plan. The furniture in each room is carefully selected.
The moods. Usually, the mood is a key factor determining the overall mood of a 3D rendering. For this project, we used photomontage that composed the 3D model of the building with the actual site photos. In this way, the moods of the final rendering are the same with the photos.
When everything was ready, we started with building the models for exterior and interior separately.
3D Exterior Rendering Services
Step 1: Building the 3D Model
The next step was to create the 3D model for exterior. Based on the CAD plans, our 3D artists built the 3D model from scratch. At AIMIR, we usually use 3ds Max for model processing.
During the 3D modeling process, Alessandro’s team changed a bit of the design including balcony and terrace details, U elements on the fronts and the elevator tower. When we received the updated CAD drawings, we modified the 3D model based on them. The final 3D model is like this:
As to the landscape, the garden area plan we’ve received was very clear. We used it as references when building the model. Meanwhile, the vegetation plan was very helpful when selecting plants for the renderings.
Step 2: Adding Materials, Textures, Lighting and Post-production
After the 3D model is finished and confirmed, the next stage came to the material and texture application. This is the crucial part because the realism of the final images depends on the quality of materials and textures.
In order to create the best and most realistic scene, our 3D artists strictly follow the references Alessandro provided. After looking for the same or most similar materials, we adjusted the lighting based on the mood of the photo. This was to guarantee the consistency of the image. At the same time, we added some people that were involved in the activities to enhance the living atmosphere.
When Alessandro received the color drafts, he marked up some of the minor things that to be adjusted. Below are the marked-up version and updated final image of one of the exterior views.
Step 3: Small Adjustments and Final Delivery
As stated in the previous step, we made some small adjustments to each image, and the final images were done after that! There are three exterior views in total, each of them showcases the residential building under different time of a day. Please enjoy the final exterior renderings:
The truth is we carried out the production of interior renderings at the same time with the exterior ones. The reason why we separate the process of them is to make the process more clear.
3D Interior Rendering Process
The same with exteriors, our 3D specialists built the interior models according to the CAD plans. During this stage, we arranged the furniture in the position as the references. After the model is confirmed, realistic materials and textures were added. Then the lighting was set to bake the mood of the interior space. After some tiny modifications in the post-process, the images were ready to deliver!
We have created four interior renderings for this apartment which are two living rooms, a parking level, and a SPA space.
2D or 3D floor plan is the simplest way to show the layout and dimensions of each room for architects, interior designer, real estate agents and developers. 3D floor plan is vivid and realistic but this time, Alessandro only needed 2D floor plans for simple explanation.
This is a both time- and cost-saving process. Please check the 2D plans for this apartment.
Do you like these renderings for this unique apartment in Switzerland? No matter you’re an architect, interior designer, real estate professional, or you’re thinking of taking 3D rendering as a career, we hope this blog has clearly introduced the exterior and interior 3D rendering process as well as the 2D floor plans.
Talk to us today about your exciting project and see how we going to bring it to life with magic hands!
With the continuous development of the rendering industry, more and more rendering companies keep springing up. The architectural design industry now increasingly relies on such renderings to express or show buildings that have not yet been built or are under construction. After all, 3D rendering today is one of the best ways to directly and effectively present architectural views and concepts. You can find various services on the market, not only for architectural visualization, but also for product visualization.
Among all these 3D rendering companies, it seems difficult to pick the one that suits you. Some of them may good at exterior rendering, while some may be expert in 3D walkthroughs. Don’t worry. This article shares a list of the top 10 rendering studios in 2023. Hope this helps make a sensible decision.
Why do you Need 3D Rendering Companies?
Nowadays, there is no doubt that rendering is important for architecture companies, architects, interior designers, developers, real estate agents, engineers, and manufacturing companies. Thanks to the use of advanced technology, it can transform boring CAD drawings into compelling, expressive visual narratives that convey the core of the design for the project to the public, stakeholders, and investors. In this process, rendering and animation are able to bring clients closer and even get them involved to improve the project. From this vantage point, it’s more likely to win the bid in a quite efficient manner, while also saving both parties’ time. Moreover, the demand in 3D rendering industry has grown significantly over the past few years, reflecting the trend of the times. For sure, no one wants to be left behind by the times. Top 3D rendering companies are able to deliver this result in the best possible way.
Types of 3D Rendering Companies
Commonly, 3D rendering studios are divided into three types based on their professions:
Architectural 3D rendering studios who are specialized in handling architectural projects. They create photorealistic 3D exterior and interior renderings, floor plans, 3D walkthrough and flythrough, and other architectural visualizations.
Entertainment 3D rendering studios who provide 3D visualization for movies, games and sometimes commercials.
Branding 3D rendering studios who help promote brands by visualizing products, furniture, jewelries, and other tangible stuff.
Currently, 3D architectural rendering studios are the most popular among rendering companies, which specialize in providing architectural animation, interior and exterior rendering, virtual reality, and so on. Another kind of company provides clients with 3D visualizations of games and movies. What’s more, there are also some studios that help with branding and advertising. Therefore, if you seek help from a rendering firm, please check your needs.
How to find and select the best 3D rendering company?
It could be a painful experience when working with a not-so-right rendering team. So, what is the best way to find a good 3D rendering company? We’ve listed some of the best methods exploring best CGI teams.
Browse 3D rendering and architecture forums or other communities;
Search relevant info on social media. Try some tags and target your content;
Look for architectural visualization firms on e-commerce sites;
Use professional network. Talk to your colleagues or friends who may have used 3D rendering services;
Founded in 2006, AIMIR CG is a 3D architectural visualization studio in China, which deserves the first place on the list for its outstanding performance in the rendering market. We boast three products and services: 3D rendering, 3D animation, and virtual reality, having a global presence. Besides, all 3D artists in our studio have working experience of over 8 years. What is accompanied by much experience is the advantage of great communication skills with clients in order to achieve an impressive experience. Through the commitment to each project, we have gained a good reputation for efficiently providing excellent quality to our clients. By demonstrating our professionalism, we are proud to say that we have been devoted to promoting and delivering China’s architectural visualization to the world.
AIMIR is guided by well-maintained and client-oriented philosophy while maintaining a good working process. We believe you would not regret it if you choose AIMIR.
Omega Render is a 3D architectural rendering and animation studio with 10 years of experience. Regarding the art of visualization as a combination of technical and artistic mastery, it performs well for 3D rendering for architects, developers, brand agencies, and product design firms. There are some well-known brands as the architectural design company Gensler, among their clients. By now, the studio has worked with companies from more than 25 countries and has more than 1000 projects and over 7300 realistic images in the portfolio.
Although MIR is just a small studio located in Bergen, Norway, it has a long history of more than 20 years and is the oldest one on the list. The founders and other artists believe that they should create a unique overall feeling in the image rather than only on the project. Unlike other companies, MIR allocates the members to draw concept sketches from different initial angles, and then compare the effect and atmosphere of different sketches before making choices and modifications, which unleash their maximum creativity and obtain stunning products. This architectural visualization company is literally creating art, so their services and works are of great value and high price.
Founded in 2011, ArchiCGI has developed to be an excellent rendering company in the UK 3D rendering services market and has 4 branches. It specializes in interior and exterior rendering, architectural animation, 3D virtual tour, etc. Moreover, it has a multitude of teams with different specializations and an online library for projects containing a large number of scenes and photoreal 3D models. All this helps to achieve great delivery quality. It also seeks to deliver products quickly and efficiently so that they promise that clients can get their 3D renders for free if they do not deliver on time. It’s convenient for clients to request a price guide to find out what is included in each service and how much your project will cost. And if your project starts, you will get a personal rendering team serving you at any time.
Located in Toronto, Canada, Render3DQuick is a 3D visualization company with a history of 8 years. It offers a variety of 3D rendering services, such as house staging, video tours, and fly-throughs. Also, it has to be mentioned that it works well for creating photorealistic digital representations of real estate. Thanks to its professionalism, it wins customers’ favor. It has worked with thousands of real estate companies including almost every major real estate brand in the US. Of course, the three largest brands Lennar, PulteGroup, and D.R. Horton are also its customers. Besides real estate brands, Render3DQuick also works with other brands which have architectural visualization needs, ranging from convenience stores to airports to car dealerships. Some of the most well-known clients include Audi, SevenEleven, and ExonMobil.
VRender is known as an experienced 3D architectural rendering studio for more than 17 years in the US. Its products and services involve architectural visualization, interior rendering, 3D modeling, 3D Floor Plan, and so on. It’s so trustworthy that when architects, developers, and other building professionals show their designs to regulatory planning board members, they tend to choose its services. VRender is devoted to providing clients with the highest level of satisfaction while maintaining affordability and promptness of the services. If you are interested, you can browse the company website and even get a quick quote by contacting the company.
Located in Vancouver Canada, Real Space 3D has been in the rendering and animation industry for 15 years. As a multifaceted 3D rendering company, its customers range from house renovators to Fortune 500 companies locally and worldwide, and offer a fairly wide range of services at a good value, such as 3D architectural rendering, condo rendering, and house rendering. If you would like to know more, please click the link and get the info you want. Of course, you are free to get a quote by filling out the contact form and providing info about your project if you like.
As another well-known 3D rendering company in the US, Bottomline Studio offers 3D rendering services all over the world. Besides, its products and services also include 3D walkthrough animation, 3D product rendering, CAD drafting, aerial birds eye view, etc. Its clients involve construction companies, architects, builders, and interior designers. You can view more services and learn more about this 3D architectural rendering company on its website. If you want to get a quote, there are clear instructions at the bottom of the home page.
Easy Render is a platform that gathers 3D artists from 139 countries and outsources projects, which is totally different from other companies on this list. Clients post a job and receive offers from a global network of artists before hiring an artist. And then they can manage jobs seamlessly with online collaboration tools. Therefore, clients can choose the best artist and get the most satisfying product they want. Just check the website if you would like to learn more about this reliable 3D rendering firm.
Rapid Renders is a rendering firm providing services of 3D architectural visualization, product visualization, and furniture rendering. It is based in Sri Lanka, but its business spans America, Europe, and Australia. By combining traditional photography techniques with the latest CGI technologies, this company is committed to creating the most realistic alternative to traditional photography in the marketplace. Please refer to the website to learn more info.
Location: Sri Lanka
Experience: 15 years
3D Exterior and Interior Rendering
This article simply introduces the 10 best rendering companies for your choice. Each of them has their own strengths and unique style. When considering working with a 3D rendering team, please include the visualization quality, turnaround time, pricing, style, and team culture into consideration. As a matter of fact, above are just 10 popular CGI studios among others. We hope this article could be of help when choosing your own rendering team.