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Garfield strolled onto the scene in newspapers across the US on June 19, 1978. This orange short haired tabby cat was the original "grumpy cat" long before U Tube or the internet. He is smart, cynical, lazy, fat and always sleepy. He has a hatred for Monday and any kind of exercise. Garfield's favorite food is lasagna. Garfield's main goal in life is to bug, annoy, or just plain torment his house mate Odie.

Odie first appeared in the strip on August 8, 1978. He is a mutt. A wire-haired dachshund/terrier mix. He has long brown ears and an extra long, bright red, slobbering tongue. His fur is yellow with spots. He has a cute, short, pointed tail. Eager to please he often falls for Garfields pranks. One gets the impression that Odie is an idiot. However, many times the comic series portrays him as having a clever side too. The camping trip episode ends with Odie inside the car while Jon and Garfield are locked out in the rain. Odie then eats all the sandwiches while the others look on.

Garfield and Odie spotlight the love affair Americans have with their pets. There are cat lovers and dog lovers, but rarely both cat and dog lovers. Bill Murray was the voice for Garfield in the movie Garfield. His iconic quote " Dogs and Cats living together...." sums up this comic strip apocalypse. To learn more about other cartoon models, check out our 3D Cartoon Models page.

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Garfield and Odie 3D Design

The 3D design for Garfield and Odie forced much debate on the best pose to be used. The final pose was chosen where Garfield has his left leg raised in anticipation of kicking Odie from behind. This is an iconic pose used in very many scenes of the cartoons over the years. Garfield was easier to design than Odie - taking about 11 hours to design. Garefields design was mainly spherical in nature, making it much easier to design. Odie was harder, mainly because of getting the legs to look accurate. Odie took about 19 hours of design work. As this is a labor of love, both characters were a joy to design. Once the initial design was completed, it was checked for 3D printing integrity by creating reinforcement for thin geometries; making sure the models weren't top heavy; and ensuring the bottom of both Garfield and Odie were flat and balanced enough to hold their own weight. Garfield took special care to make sure he could balance with his left foot in the air and making sure the strength was reinforced in his foot and leg. It was decided that the foot/leg would be a solid 3D Print, the rest of Garfield was hollow.

Our designers used 1,032,016 polygons (the basic building blocks of a 3D model) in creating Garfields design. Odie required another 1,174,887 polygons in its design. Maya, from Autodesk, was used as the primary 3D design software.

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Garfield and Odie Fabrication

3D Printing was used to fabricate Garfield and Odie. Garfield was broken up into 14 different 3D prints in ultra-fine layers of plastic. Odie was comprised of 11 3D prints. Each print took about 28 hours with approximately 700 hours of total machine time printing. Once they were 3D printed, they were aligned together and bonded. Very much like putting together a puzzle. Automotive finish techniques including puttying, sanding, and priming were all used to prepare the models for painting.

Both Garfield and Odie had 5 different colors of automotive paint applied to them. Each color required masking. Typically cartoon characters require more masking because of specific areas of color, for example a spot on the side of Odie. Masking of multiple colors can make the process very time consuming to get the correct finish. Non-cartoon characters can be easier, because airbrushing can be used to gradually flow from one color to the next. There were many airbrushing effects used with some of the harder ones being Odies saliva on the tongue and Garfields eyes. You will notice the airbrushing between each toe. Vinyl strips were applied to Garfield to give the effect of fur stripes. A clear coat was applied once the painting had dried, one coat on Odie and two coats on Garfield (second coat was used for leveling out the texture of the vinyl strips).

When finished, Odie was almost 4' tall and Garfield was approximately 3' tall. Garfield was twice as heavy as Odie because of the solid 3D Printing.

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Garfield Closeup Gallery

Take a good close look at Garfield's stripes. These were created using vinyl. Also look closely at the airbrushing of the eyes, toes, and the underneath side of the raised foot. 5 different colors of paint were used on Garfield. The model balances really well considering Garfield is standing on one foot.

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Odie Closeup Gallery

Look closely at Odie's tongue — you will notice airbrushing meant to mimic saliva. Notice the angle of the ears, the tail, and little snippets of hair on the back of Odie's head. Airbrushed details around the toes and eyes bring everything together for a great finished product.

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Features and Benefits

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  • Professional Creations — We have a team of designers, artists, model makers, painters, airbrush painters, sculptors, carpenters, and welders to fabricate that imaginative, immersive, and experiential 3D Printed sculpture.
  • No project is too large or too small, from a 2' small character to a large 20' tall behemoth. If you can design it, we can create a physical model of it. If you can't design it, we have a team of design professionals who can. We can work with preparing 3D models from scans, drawings, photos, and even napkins.
  • Details can be as small as 16 microns (via 3D printing) - that is as small as 1/6th the size of a human hair.
  • Portability and/or mobility may be an issue, especially with larger trade show displays. We have the team that can create your 3D cartoon model including custom electronics, lighting, and sound.

Technology and Materials

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Today's technologies are making phenomenal next-generation models. Model makers combine proven skills of foam cutting and sculpting with ever-evolving 3D printing capabilities, 3D CNC cutting, 3D cutting, 3D digital, and new electronics to create some incredible 3D cartoon models, foam characters, character models, and thrones for taking the super popular selfie.

  • Technologies include Foam Fabrication, Hot Wiring, CNC Cutting, Laser Cutting, Welding, and 6 different 3D printing technologies for rapid prototyping or production models.
  • Foam themed models, foam letters, foam architectural models, foam props, and foam sculptures can all be used to help expand what you are trying to build with foam fabrication.
  • Cartoon models may use other techniques including epoxy clay sculpting, molds, and 3D printing to develop the best sculpture.
  • Did we mention, we have 60,000 square feet of production facilities in Utah, including the largest capacity of full-color 3D printing in the world.
  • Our in-house spray booth gives us flexibility in different types and grades of paint and finishing capabilities.


The cost of a 3D cartoon model is based on the volume of material (size of the sculpture), the time it takes to create the 3D printable file or CNC file, and other elements of the sculpture. Each 3D cartoon model is bid individually and the best way to determine cost is to contact us and let us bid your project.

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Common Questions

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What file type is required to make a 3D cartoon model?

If you design in 3D, we will start with your 3D files. We work with all major 3D file formats. When in doubt, an obj. file works best. If all you have is 2D imagery or artist's sketches, we can build a 3D cartoon model from those as well. If all you have is an idea or a napkin drawing, we can start with that.

What technology do you use for 3D cartoon models?

It can be a number of different technologies, individually or combined. These range from 3D Foam, 3D printing, CNC Cutting, laser cutting, laser etching, casting, molding, sculpting, painting, airbrushing, laminating, vinyl printing, and woodworking - all meant to produce highly engaging models that fit your exact needs.

What is the material used?

We match the correct material and fabrication process to your requirements in terms of presentation, size, and transportability. In our model shop, we fabricate using different types of foam, wood, metal, resins, and acrylics. We can also 3D print in sandstone-like, digital plastic, UV-cured resin, plastic, rubber-like, acrylic, and nylon.

What is the largest 3D cartoon model you can make?

There is no limit to the size of model. Transportability will be your only concern on an extremely large 3D cartoon model.

What is the turnaround time for a 3D cartoon model?

This depends on the features of the model itself as well as the scale of the model. We usually ask for six to eight weeks from the time we take the order to when you will receive the model. large projects can be four to six months or longer. We understand that sometimes deadlines are tight and we can accommodate rush orders.

What features can a 3D cartoon model have?

Besides the physical 3D cartoon model with the proper color and appearance, you can elect to ask for special lighting, sound, and movement. We always ask to the level of detail, realism, and finish as part of our onboarding process.

If I want a second cartoon model is it cheaper?

Our pricing is based on the fabrication costs and the time it takes to prepare your design. The second model is less in pricing because the design portion is complete.

Do you have a question we didn‘t answer? Don't hesitate to contact us at 1-385-206-8700 or sales@whiteclouds.com.

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History of Garfield and Odie

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Jim Davis created a comic strip about bugs called Gnorm Gnat. It didn't take off. He looked at several successful series about dogs, but found none with cats. He had grown up on a farm with approximately 25 or so cats and felt that association would give him enough material.

He took his name for Garfield from his grandfather James A Garfield Davis. He described his grandfather as a "cantankerous" old man. A short lived strip titled Jon, came first with Garfield as a supporting character. The dog was named Spot and his roommate was Lyman.

Garfield strolled on to the pages of 40 newspapers on June 19, 1978. Jim found out that Spot had been used for another comic strip dog so he changed it to Odie.

Odie was the name Jim had used in a car dealership commercial. Odie was the village idiot in that commercial. On August 8, Odie joined the strip and Jon's roommate Lyman quietly disappeared.

41 years later Garfield is a $750,000,000 to 1 Billion dollar a year business. It is now syndicated in over 250 newspapers worldwide. There have been several TV specials. There were 2 animated TV series, 2 theater released movies and 3 CGI animated direct to video movies.

The strip has been able to stay non-political over the years. On August 6, 2019 Viacom/CBS announced it had acquired Paws, Inc., that included the rights to the Garfield franchise.