1, contact your physical sculptor to make your models, or turn to your 3D CAD designer(3D modeler) to make 3D CAD files or 3D models according to your 2D artists.
2, Send either of the above to an industrial manufactuer which is top experienced with high detailed miniatures.
3,Lijia Game Production will give you trun-key tooling solution, industrial manfuacturing feasibility, mold cavities configuration, options of material based on your request of high durometer or soft miniatures, pricing, and timing, etc.
4, Lijia Game Production make resin prototypes based on silcon mold(master mold), and maybe have some adjustment for some details in order to meet actual industrial production situation.
5, Lijia Game Production send you resin samples to show what the later mass products of miniatures/minis will look in order to get your approval.
6, Lijia Game Production make expensive steel production mold. Normally need 30 days.
7, After molds are completed, Lijia Game Production send you tooling samples of miniatures prior to production, then start mass production.The unit price will be much cheaper under industrial mass production.Mass production normally need 30 days.
More information for inventer's ideas of miniature game:
Most of miniature manufacturers have in-house 3d artists who will make the models based on your concept arts. Some of the manufacturers will insist on using their artists because producing a 3d model suitable for molding requires specific experience.Freelance artist might be slightly cheaper, but you risk the situation where a miniature manufacturer will tell you that your models can't be produced, and you will be forced to pay twice. Not everything that you can model and 3d print, can be industrially mass-produced with reasonable cost.
If you have local 2D artist and 3D CAD designers, you normally have quick and smooth communication with them to get models for consequent miniature manufacturer's quick tooling solution which will be based on cost-effective ideas and industrial feasibility.
Normally prototyping charge will be USD100/pcs. Prototyping time is 10 days or so. These prototypes will show what the later mass produced miniatures will look.
Normally next tooling process will need 30 days or so. Tooling charge will be according to your miniature specificaiton and quantity, complexity, etc.
Can I get hard rigid plastic miniature figurines instead of soft PVC miniatures?
Yes. It's available. But when your contacting the manufacturer, please remember to firstly tell them what you need is hard rigid miniature instead of soft miniatures.Different request will has different industrial tooling solution and material prescription. Furthermore, unit pricing is also a little different. Forgetting tell them this request at first stage will lead to heavy loss/big waste of money because the tooling charge for high detailed miniature is normally very expensive. The moulds for soft PVC miniatures is fully different from moulds for hard rigid miniatures.
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