Dream3D - AI-powered 3D Design

Dream3D: An AI-Powered 3D Design Tool Revolutionizing the Industry

Have you ever wanted to create stunning computer graphics but found the process to be time-consuming, expensive, and frustratingly complex? Meet Dream3D, an AI-powered 3D design tool that is changing the game. Founded in 2022 by Tony Francis and Justin Woodbridge, both second-time YC founders, Dream3D is making it easy for anyone to create studio-quality computer graphics quickly and effortlessly.

In this article, we will explore Dream3D's story, how they are solving the problem of complex workflows and expensive rendering, and their vision for the future.

The Founders of Dream3D: Tony Francis and Justin Woodbridge

Tony Francis and Justin Woodbridge are the co-founders of Dream3D. Tony is a two-time YC founder who previously built the first AI-checkout retail stores with his company, Inokyo (YC S18). Later, he led the development of the ML platform at Clubhouse. Currently, he is the CEO of Dream3D, an AI-powered 3D design tool that makes it easy for anyone to create studio-quality computer graphics.

Justin Woodbridge, on the other hand, is a co-founder at Dream3D. Previously, he started Bayes (S19), a data exploration tool that was acquired by Airtable in 2021. Justin studied Computer Science at Columbia and is passionate about computer graphics and storytelling.

Their Story

Dream3D was founded in 2022 by two passionate entrepreneurs, Tony Francis and Justin Woodbridge, who share a common vision of making cutting-edge technology accessible to everyone. They both have a proven track record of building successful prosumer tools and bringing machine learning research to production.

Justin's fascination with computer graphics and storytelling began during his studies at Carnegie Mellon. However, he struggled with the complexity of the tools available at the time, which limited his creativity. This sparked a desire to develop a tool that would democratize 3D design and make it accessible to anyone.

On the other hand, Tony's experiences building AI-powered tools for retail and ML platforms inspired him to create Dream3D. His previous company, Inokyo, built computer vision to automate retail checkout, while he later led the development of the ML platform at Clubhouse. As a two-time Y Combinator founder, he recognized the need for a tool that could simplify the complex process of creating studio-quality computer graphics.

Together, Tony and Justin combined their expertise in AI and computer science to create Dream3D, an AI-powered 3D design tool that leverages the latest machine learning technology to simplify the 3D design process. Their goal is to provide designers with an intuitive interface that can interpret simple, text-driven commands to create complex 3D scenes.

Through their collaboration, Tony and Justin are fulfilling their long-standing desire to build the tool they always wished they had. With Dream3D, they are paving the way for a new era of accessible and affordable 3D design tools that democratize the creative process and unlock the potential of artists, designers, and storytellers worldwide.

How Dream3D is Solving the Problem

The Problem: Creating 3D renders is an expensive and time-consuming process that can take teams of highly trained specialists months, if not years, to produce a final result. In current rendering methods, input quality equals output quality. A designer or artist needs to spend days building a scene, component by component, to get a final rendered result.

This leads to slow and costly iteration cycles as you nail down your creative vision, hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars spent purchasing assets, textures, and shaders – many of which never even make the final cut, and complex and difficult-to-use tools required for building detailed scenes.

The Solution: Dream3D replaces complex workflows with text-driven commands and intuitive interfaces powered by their custom AI models. Unlike existing generative tools, they give users explicit control over their scene, unlocking professional use-cases.

They let designers quickly build out 3D scenes by describing them in plain English. For example, "a jetski in front of a building." They then let them transform that scene into a high-quality image with just another description of what they want. For instance, "photorealistic yellow jetski, evening sun, 80s magazine ad."

This means you can quickly iterate through multiple concepts and styles, maintaining the same scene composition, without having to spend time & energy building each scene from scratch. Dream3D's AI-powered technology takes care of the technical details, allowing you to focus on your creative vision.

Looking Forward: The Future of Dream3D

Dream3D is a young start-up that has already made significant strides in making 3D design more accessible to designers and creators. But the founders have even more ambitious plans for the future.

In addition to adding animation and video export capabilities, Dream3D aims to become a complete 3D creative suite that will allow users to create full games, movies, and simulated worlds. They envision a future where Dream3D is not just a tool for creating beautiful 3D renders but a platform for creating entire virtual experiences.

To achieve this vision, Dream3D plans to continue building on their custom AI models, which power the text-driven commands and intuitive interfaces that make the tool so easy to use. They also plan to integrate other AI and machine learning technologies into their platform to automate more of the creative process, such as generating 3D models from 2D sketches or even written descriptions.

Dream3D is also exploring new business models that could help make their tool more widely available. Currently, Dream3D is a subscription-based service that requires a monthly fee to use. But in the future, the founders hope to offer a freemium version of the tool that would be accessible to a broader range of users.

One possible strategy they are considering is partnering with other companies or platforms that could benefit from Dream3D's technology, such as social media networks, online marketplaces, or e-commerce platforms. By integrating Dream3D's 3D design capabilities into their own offerings, these companies could offer their users more advanced and engaging visual experiences, while also generating revenue for Dream3D.


Dream3D is a promising start-up that is using AI and machine learning technologies to revolutionize the way we create 3D graphics. By simplifying the 3D design process and making it more accessible to a broader range of users, Dream3D is opening up new creative possibilities and making it easier for anyone to bring their ideas to life in stunning detail.

With their ambitious plans to become a complete 3D creative suite and explore new business models, Dream3D is well-positioned to continue driving innovation in this field and becoming a major player in the 3D design industry. We look forward to seeing what the future holds for this exciting start-up and how it will continue to shape the world of digital creativity.