FAQs

What should the customer know about your pricing?

To create new and better realities Chris Andrews of Illustrative Designs generally bill hourly CAD modeling services through an invited secure online project task management site. You will be able to monitor burned budget hours from your tasks which are clearly detailed. When necessary, budget pricing can be requested and achieved within reason. I cost less because there are no employee salaries, benefits, FICA, no rental or other overhead expenses, mainly time savings–no back and forth between departments, miscommunications, others not meeting your deadlines, while I remain in full control of the quality at every stage.

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

First we would sign and secure a non-disclosure document such that an evaluation can be started. While it is suggested to agree to my provided “work contract”– I first ask, “What is your budget?” A lot more detail, or a little can be accomplished depending on it. When requested, I utilize advanced screen share software to meet customers face to face, detailing in my notebook the important considerations and requests. Then I request an email address and invite you to your project task management intranet site where content is archived. Depending on the phase of your project, I often offer quick “Blue-Sky” concept images with preliminary working drawings, and sometimes animation renderings. Often, I am producing 3D printed prototypes using my in house Formlabs 2 machine or outsourced for more robust materials such as SLS nylon or rubbery TPU. Lastly, your files you will own can be viewed and marked up with free industry standard 3D viewers available on all O.S. platforms.

How does your Colorado drafting and design service stand out?

I am a highly accomplished, seasoned professional with a comprehensive background in managing multiple engineering projects with tight deadlines. Primarily mechanical design as well as other disciplines and systems in a direct contracting design environment. I collaborates and interfaces with individuals for efficiency, application, and project completion. I am considered an exceptional enclosure designer seasoned in advance surface modeling practices coupling electron mechanical substructures.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I enjoy working on ever changing product design assignments using primarily CAD software which usually result in 3D Animation or 3D Prototype requests, and deliver well designed working drawings geared toward Asian injection plastic vendors which some I have visited in person.

What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?

Frequently, the customer doesn’t know that it has the data or information the supplier is looking for such as dimensions or how it can be manufactured without plastic injection undercuts. I am here to listen first, then apply my knowledge getting you top dollar performance.

What types of customers have you worked with?

I have done most of my work for individuals per one-on-one basis. I have also worked for corporate companies who either didn’t have an engineering department or did and were overloaded. Often companies request my services because of my industry know hows and who’s. I’m recognized as a reliable designer who has been in the manufacturing sector long enough to know what it takes to get a design done correctly.

Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?

The LifePort Kidney Transporter provided an alternative to the current low volume method of static organ storage and transportation with a cooler filled with ice. This innovation required over three months of research and development using CAD.

What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?

I, Chris Andrews would suggest looking for an individual who gives you priority, i.e. calls you back quickly, keeps you informed of the progress. We pride ourselves on making every customer feel like they are the top person on our list.  We can light speed to market today. It’s important to put things into 3D CAD, quickly generate a 3D Print, and immediately provide 2D so called “working drawings”.

How did you get started doing this type of work?

33 years since I first started performing CAD, while working for a local robotics startup and later a consumer product plastic injection corporation, I could not see anything else worth working with other than “Engineering Services” while there is no alternative to ensuring good design. Using 3D modeling practices has always been the must have conduit for getting assignments to the turn key build process.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I, Chris Andrews have an Associate Degree in Applied Sciences specializing in mechanical drawings with more than 33 years of real life successful consumer product design experience, SPECIALIZING IN FULLY INJECTION PLASTICS. I continue to attend industry trade shows, 3D User Group meetings, and keep up to date with manufacturing vendors around the world; specifically in Asia and the United States. I have attained mammoth skill-sets that I will provide for you to design your superior product that you envisioned.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your service?

My pricing is timed during CAD modeling and monitored through our  project management tool. Clients are first invited to join at no charge to monitor tasks clearly detailed. 3D files can be viewed and marked up with free industry standard computer systems software such as Blender or eDrawings.  Editing your working drawings with online “Snipet” abilities ensure up to date modifications all archived on our secure cloud server.