I have been getting a lot of questions about whether I do 3D printing commissions lately so I figured I'd answer them all at once.
Q: Do you do 3D printing commissions?
A: Not usually. There are several reasons for this.
1.) My eyes are really terrible and I never know when I'm going to have an attack so I cannot commit myself to doing a serious 3D printing commission. I can usually still paint through an attack unless it gets really, really bad to the point where I can't do anything but lay in bed (thankfully, that does not happen often) but I can't 3D through an attack. It's just too stressful on my eyes and it will actually make the symptoms worse.
ATM, I'm okay. I could, in theory, probably take a 3D printing commission right now. However, I could not guarantee that I'd be able to finish it in a timely fashion. It could literally take months and I don't like things dragging on for months. I also really don't like unknowns and maybes in my professional life. So I stick to 2D commissions.
2.) It can be SUPER expensive. This
is being printed up at 20cm tall and the base price is around 75$. That's more than most people would be willing to spend on something like this. Maybe if the economy was better and people had more discretionary spending to toss around that would not be the case but alas. And mind you, this is the cheapest material. If you want better detail and a better surface finish (at the cost of color), be prepared to spend 200-500 dollars or more. Mind you, that's just the base price. That doesn't even count my work fee which is also not cheap because 3D is a !@#$%^&*ing pain in the ass.
3.) Even without my eye problems, it still takes a very long time. I can, if pushed, get a model done inside a week, assuming I don't have any eye-attacks and the design isn't too complex. After I finish, I send my designs off to Shapeways to be printed. This usually takes around a month. However, if something goes wrong during the printing process and I have to fix the model, the process starts all over again.
TL;DR: It is ultimately a lot of hassle, expensive, difficult, and time-consuming.