TAMPA, Fla., March 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Is digital photography now considered "old school" in the world of product imaging? Increasingly, big brands like Whirlpool, Stanley Black & Decker and IKEA are ditching the camera — relying, instead, on computer-generated 3D product images to present their latest product launches. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click: http://www.multivu.com/mnr/60839-medialab-3d-solutions-3d-product-images (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130326/MM81831) 3D images showcase products in photorealistic environments that can be changed and manipulated instantly. This means brands can feature their product in virtually any decor, location, lifestyle or setting — all without having to build a set, source product or hire a photographer. Because 3D costs less — both in dollars and logistical headaches — it's catching on with marketers in multiple industries, from consumer products to training to home building. Linda Garman of Basco, a manufacturer of luxury shower enclosures, explains, "With traditional photography, there was always a risk of being disappointed with the end result. Now, with 3D, if we're wrong about a color or texture, we can change it. We aren't stuck having our time and resources wasted." Building a traditional set costs upwards of $5,000 to $20,000 and takes weeks to create. 3D set shots, on the other hand, start at around $1,000 and take just days. Eleventh-hour changes that would normally send production teams and budgets into a tailspin are simplified in the controlled 3D environment. Garman adds, "Our 3D set shots are far more dynamic than anything we could have built in a set or in a home…and ended up costing 25% of what we would have spent on traditional photography."