Get a 3D Designer, Drafter or Engineer by the Hour

Get a 3D Designer, CAD Drafter or Engineer by the Hour
We now offer virtual 3D designers, CAD drafters or engineers on an hourly-basis. Here’s how it works (see screenshots below or see our video):

  • Project Summary: Send us a summary of your project, including industry, end use of the designs and the software needed.
  • Recommendation: Based on your project needs, we’ll make a recommendation for the best designer/engineer and the rate is usually between $30-$65/hr.
  • Deposit: A 10-hour time block is paid and we forward you the designer contact info so you can start working directly.
  • Tracking: Our time-tracking software allows you to view the time spent on each project & work screenshots (monitor screenshot, mouse clicks & keyboard keystrokes).
  • No Minimum: No minimum weekly requirement hours worked by your hourly design expert.
  • No Overhead: No hourly costs except for the actual hours worked.

This is a great alternative to posting a contest, allows you to work with a designer/engineer on an ongoing basis and saves time on the  pre-qualification process. Please see an example of the time-tracking dashboard below and contact us to get started.

3D Designer / Engineer Time-tracking

3D Designer / Engineer Time-tracking

Time-tracking Dashboard

Here’s a screencast that shows how our hourly service works.

Get Instant Quotes on Local 3D Printing Services with Maker6

Most small-business owners, entrepreneurs and inventors do not have the capital to purchase a 3D printer for product design, parts and prototypes. As a result, we’ve launched Maker6, which allows buyers to get instant quotes on 3D printing from local 3D printers. According to MacKenzie Brown, the founder and CEO of Maker6, “Maker6 is a straightforward and an easy to use online marketplace. It gives start-ups and small-business owners access to a broad range of 3D printers with a wide range of materials, eliminating the need to purchase an expensive commercial 3D printer on their own.” In addition, the demand of both international and local 3D printing motivated the CAD Crowd team to build Maker6 to help small business customers in creating opportunities to achieve success.

Maker6: How to Get an Instant 3D Printing Price Quote from CAD Crowd on Vimeo.

Instant 3D Printing Services Quotes
Maker6 provides instant quotes for 3D printed materials and other 3D design services on demand by automatically tabulating the cubic area of the 3D print file and several other factors. It also gives opportunities to clients who don’t know how to format a file to be properly 3D printed by finding local 3d printers available online. Moreover, it allows buyers to enjoy faster pickup than going to bigger companies that may require additional shipping fees and other charges.


Find Cool 3D Printed Products & File Templates
Maker6, with its beta already up and running, is set to attract numerous small-business owners, start-ups and entrepreneurs whose objective is to find an easy way to purchase a 3D printed materials and prototypes, at the same time saves time and money.

Now generating good response and feedback among buyers and clients, Maker6 is projected to grow and continue to provide 3D printing services among the rising number of buyers and customers in the 3D printing industry.

Visit for more information.

CAD Crowd: Design & 3D Printing Crowdsourcing Newsletter

CAD Crowd Newsletter
CAD Crowd is an online resource that helps companies fulfill drafting requirements with global CAD experts.Financial Post Article
Oil & Gas Special Report: Energy sector grapples with acute labor shortages 
Read this Financial Post report on the labour shortage in the O&G industry (click to read). “Any legitimate job offering $80,000-plus as a starting salary should be an easy sell to students in these troubled economic times, right? Wrong.”How Crowdsourcing Outshines Outsourcing
Crowdsourcing with freelancers is emerging as an excellent alternative to outsourcing. What is crowdsourcing? The difference between crowdsourcing and hiring is that a task is outsourced to a group, rather than a company.

Here are some great reasons to use crowdsourcing for your next CAD drafting project.

  • Quality: You get to view and approve each designer’s work before anyone is paid. Usually, you’d pay the freelancer with the first accurate submission for your project.
  • Budget: Using freelancers allows you to choose your own budget, which puts an end cost overrun and time consuming RFPs. With a concrete budget, our freelancers are rewarded based on efficiency.
  • Large Projects: CAD Crowd works great for large projects. When your work involves multiple drawings or designs (ie.100+), we suggest asking freelancers to finish one drawing as a sample. Then you can ask the designer with the best entry to finish the rest of your project (you can even offer multiple payouts and split a large project between several freelancers).
  • Communication: You can speak directly with the designer working on your project, rather working with the business development guy. This eliminates communication based errors. Furthermore, a majority of our freelancers are native English speakers (Canada, the United States, Australia & the UK).

Want to post work your CAD work? Check this video for tips. 
How to post a CAD design contest with CAD Crowd

The Leaderboad: Meet some of our top freelancers
User: Dual2

CAD Crowd Freelancer: NeilOverall Rank: 1/746
Exp: Senior Mechanical Designer / Draftsman
Industries: Nuclear, industrial, pharma
Click here to hire!

User: Zaher
Zaher: CAD Crowd FreelancerOverall Rank: 2/746
Exp: Masters, Mechanical Engineering
Industries: Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Click here to hire!

Click here to see the full CAD Crowd leaderboard.

Let’s chat!
Questions? Get in touch with MacKenzie Brown ( or call 403-903-1602) or visit our website

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