3D Artist

Austin, TX, KOMPAN USAPublished Friday, May 24, 2024
Application deadline : As soon as possible

KOMPAN US is in search of a skilled 3D Artist to join our team, playing a crucial role in transforming fitness and playground plans from AutoCAD into captivating 3D renders, animations, and Virtual Tours using 3ds Max.


This position requires close collaboration with Sales Representatives and Architectural Planners to ensure that the visualizations align with client needs and project objectives. The visualizer will create an engaging and imaginative environment through product selection, customization, juxtaposition, and surface design on projects across the North American region, ensuring the experience of KOMPAN's three tenants of play: Wow, Stay, Develop.


This position will collaborate closely with other departments in back-office roles such as Pre Sales, Project Sales Coordination, Project Coordination, and Install, as well as on-site colleagues working in the field as Project Managers and Sales Representatives.


As a global leader with an organizational focus on people, passion, progress, and performance, our mission is to create healthier and happier communities by delivering the best in play and fitness solutions. We’re KOMPAN - let’s play!


Who We Are

For more than 50 years, KOMPAN has researched, designed, and built innovative and imaginative commercial playground equipment and outdoor fitness sites that captivate all ages and abilities.


In collaboration with our global headquarters in Denmark, KOMPAN designs, manufactures, and installs more than 1,000 sites a month across 90 different countries. Our North American headquarters, located in Austin, Texas, supports field sales around the U.S. and Canada.


At KOMPAN, we take pride in our commitment to the global environment. We exceed sustainability efforts and make it possible to lower carbon emissions by utilizing recycled ocean waste, consumer-recycled plastics, and textile wastes to create playgrounds that are born green or made green.


What You’ll Do

  • Interpret AutoCAD plans into 3ds Max Scenes for visualization
  • Use equipment selection, customization, juxtaposition and surfacing design to tell stories and build engaging experiences
  • Translate topographical contours into accurate 3D embankments and terrain
  • Use Forestpack and Railclone to apply foliage, hardscape, infrastructure, vehicles, and characters
  • Use Vray to light and render scenes in appealing compositions that tell a visual story and draw the audience in
  • Paint and illustrate digitally in Photoshop to convey customized product designs using a digital drawing tablet
  • Create Fly-through animations that showcase both the products and the space in a fun and cinematic way
  • Render and set up Virtual panoramic tours that allow the viewer to become immersed in the experience as if they were in the space
  • Utilize multi-pass compositing in Photoshop and After Effects to bring your renders to life and add that post-production POP
  • Work within a regional group of designers to coordinate work and project responsibilities
  • Pay special attention to inclusive features such as curb heights, thresholds, and accessible pathways in the final renders
  • Create visually compelling presentations that tell a story about proposed design solutions
  • Occasionally present design solutions to clients or end users


What You’ll Need

  • Proficiency in 3ds Max + Vray (or experience with Maya, Zbrush, Cinema4D, Rhino, Revit, Arnold, Blender, Cycles, or similar 3D software), Microsoft Office, Adobe Products, Wacom Tablet (or similar digital sketch tablet)
  • Proficient in character, vehicle, and prop design, with the capability to produce turnarounds that preserve scale, perspective, and volume.
  • Bachelor’s degree or greater in an applicable field including Animation, Game design, interior design, architectural design, etc.
  • Experience in architectural visualization, Product design and visualization, 3D modeling, game design, VFX, Illustration, playground design, amusement park design, waterpark design, etc.
  • Proficiency in navigating a pipeline that encompasses various stages and employs multiple software applications that all need to shake hands
  • Experience in interpreting site plans, ensuring accuracy in scale, and comprehending topographical features
  • Ability to work effectively, both independently and in a team environment to meet deadlines and visual expectations
  • Ability to communicate ideas quickly and clearly through illustration with a strong understanding of appeal and concept
  • Strong communication and organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple projects at once
  • Online portfolio that demonstrates strong design and visualization skills
  • Ability to develop and communicate a project design narrative through compelling presentations
  • Experience working with clients preferred
  • Passion for creating amazing playgrounds


This is a hybrid position located in north Austin.


Perks and Benefits

  • Comprehensive medical, vision, and dental plans
  • Employer-paid life and disability insurance
  • 401(k) retirement plan with company match
  • Competitive PTO and robust holiday schedule



KOMPAN is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender, age, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all our employees. All employment is based on qualifications, merit, and business needs.


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