I don’t really know much about the toy industry and you haven’t been too specific about what sector (vinyl urban toys, board games, dolls, transformers, baby stuff, etc?), but still stand by my point in principle. I’ve found it pretty rare that some young designer knows more about the biz than the other people working there. Sales, management, etc…
If it’s all about presentation, what could be quicker (in the fast paced toy market you mention) than doing a nice presentation sketch rendering?
3D cad is a tool, and one that is often overplayed in terms of importance. If you are talking about production stuff, have you looked into if your suppliers can even use 3d geometry? what software they use? how your competitors present/deliver products for sales/production?
The reason I ask is that I made a similar mistake in trying to push 3d CAD stuff when I was young and foolish, straight out of school (man, I’m sounding like Zippy here)… I figured that CAD would be so great to do footwear in, as I could easily apply different textures, spin around fancy models for sales to better understand, etc. I learned very quickly that not only was it a colossal waste of time (time I wasted on my own time after work trying to develop something to show the boss), but also that the efforts were futile. Production ftys still wanted 2d lineart to create patterns from… I came to this realization on my own and never did present anything to anyone else.
Not to say, BTW that there isn’t always some room for improvement in a company’s workflow or processes and that a fresh mind to the problem can’t have valuable insight. I’ve streamlined many things in various corporate departments where I’ve worked over the years, putting in place new systems, software, ways of working that (to my knowledge) are still in place years later.
I’m just saying, in summary, that in this case it sounds like you are chasing your tail for no real benefit, only one that is perceived from your point of view, and/or it’s a common case of young designers falling in love with CAD to make shiny renderings. (not to mention you’ve just admitted you want to learn it for your own interest, not the company’s…still curious why they won’t buy in? just re-read your own previous reply)
If you can offer more info about what you do, how you do it, by all means do so. I’d be happy to reverse my position if it is indeed the case.