Modelry customers have a choice between high and low poly models when ordering 3D assets. Both formats have unique uses and properties, but do you actually have to choose one or the other?

Actually, it often makes sense to order both high poly and low poly models. This might seem counter-intuitive. After all, we tend to order models for specific situations. But as we’ll see, there are compelling arguments for combining orders to include both 3D formats. Let’s find out why.

High Poly 3D model example

Introducing High Poly and Low Poly 3D models

If you are new to ordering with Modelry, you might not yet know the differences between high and low poly modeling techniques.

Basically, “poly” refers to the term polygons. Polygons are flat shapes that combine to form 3D objects before rendering. The number of polygons in a model makes a huge difference to its appearance and potential uses. 

For instance, models with a higher polygon count produce sharper, photorealistic results. Low poly models will still be high quality, but not detailed to the extent of a photorealistic model. However, low poly 3D models have the advantage of loading quickly. This makes them ideal for most use cases, including mobile apps, AR, gaming, and the Metaverse.

High poly models take longer to create, require a more skilled designer, and have higher bandwidth demands. A high poly 3D model is well suited to lifestyle scenes (silo scenes) and ecommerce platforms where visual detail is all-important. Though they are not compatible with AR, they can be applied to a 360 degree turntable viewer. 

Why ordering High Poly and Low Poly versions is a 3D modeling best practice

High and low poly 3D models may have different applications, but they don’t always work best alone. Purchasing both formats can make sense for various reasons.

  • Easy conversion – Customers can easily convert high poly models to create a low poly version if required. For instance, you might need high poly objects to stock an eCommerce marketplace, but also desire low poly versions for an Augmented Reality embed. 
  • General cost savings - In many situations you can save money by ordering high poly models first. This is particularly true for customers with bulk orders. A typical low poly model starts at $75, while a high poly model can cost as little as $135. Given those numbers, it just doesn’t make sense to start with low poly models and buy a separate high poly model when conversion is an option.
  • Enterprise discounts - With Modelry, enterprise users can enjoy discounts by downgrading high poly 3D models to low poly versions. This makes high poly conversion a much cheaper option when tacking on a low poly version to your catalog.
  • Future-proof your catalog – It also helps to have a stock of high poly models in your product portfolio. You never know when your campaign needs will change in the future. It’s helpful to have high poly models to create vivid lifestyle scenes that show off products in relevant environments.

Improve the customer experience - When a customer is deliberating on a purchase, a mix of options equips them with the level of detail they need to move forward with a purchase. For instance, providing an AR experience for an at-home try-on along with a photorealistic lifestyle scene improves the purchasing experience, and ultimately increases sales.

On the left: High Poly 3D model example. On the right: Low Poly 3D model example

Maximize your options with Low Poly and High Poly 3D modeling

Those factors make a strong case for mixing high and low poly modeling. But there is a bigger reason to choose both formats. With high and low poly objects at your disposal, you will be ready to embrace future use cases and make the most of 3D technology.

Low poly models are versatile and great for creative applications like interactive ads and smartphone-based AR apps. They can be used to create interior design configurators or engineer Metaverse spaces. With low poly models, you can craft interactive experiences that are compatible with almost every device and platform. 

High poly models let you showcase products in ways that competitors cannot. Create dazzling silo images to display furnishings or fashion in any setting. Give customers the detail they want with a horizontal turntable for a photorealistic view at every angle.  

In the future, thanks to advances in technology, high poly models will also be a good fit for use cases that they are not currently compatible with. High poly AR experiences, interactive games, and 3D Ads will all become possible. And high poly assets will surely be a mainstay of the Metaverse too.

With affordable conversion at your fingertips, it makes sense to order both low poly and high poly assets or order high poly and then convert to low poly for extra cost savings. That way, you will be prepared for the future and well-situated in the present.

Build your 3D model portfolio with Modelry

The future is 3D, and eCommerce companies can’t afford to delay their 3D strategy. Whether you sell furniture, footwear, or ornaments, Modelry can help.

Our custom model delivery service is designed to make ordering simple for enterprise customers. We provide custom 3D modeling at any scale. From start to finish, benefit from a white glove service that makes it easy to build a library of high and low poly assets.

There’s no easier way for enterprises to order custom 3D models for any use cases. Contact our team to explore our services and discover discounts when converting models from high poly to low poly formats. Whatever the scope of your 3D project, Modelry is ready to help. 

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Why ordering High Poly and Low Poly Models is best for your long-term strategy

Paweł Nikiel is a 3D Software Engineering Lead at CGTrader. He brings over a decade of experience in the 3D tech industry, from developing VR & AR startups to building automated, corporate-level CGI pipelines. He's also a contributor to Khronos Group 3D Formats and 3D Commerce working groups. In his spare time, Paweł is an avid skier, hiker, and video games enthusiast.

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