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Smart, Urban & Green: 3D Printing in Architecture Model Making

Additive manufacturing is becoming a great asset for the construction industry. It is now possible to build impressive structures with elaborated designs at an architectural scale. Architects are increasingly using 3D printers to produce physical, and highly-detailed architectural models to show case them to their clients. 

3D printing for architects: Easy integration into digital workflows

Design Freedom: 3D printer allows to create complex shapes and intricate designs with no additional costs. It could print the parts which are nearly impossible to print by means of any other tools. As long the design meets the machine specification it could be printed.

Testing Multiple Design Concepts: One of the main advantage is to test multiple design concepts and iterations in the early stage of the project. It could be used to study the models with different scales to assess the space and volume. It adds great value by increasing to productivity.

Visualization and Communication: With a physical model the communication between an architect and the client is evident. It would help them understand the concept of the model immediately. 3D printing allows in creating more realistic models with details to use the models as show models for better communication with clients. It could be a great visualization tool and an effective way to make an impression.

Increased Efficiency: 3D printing reduces the time significantly allowing the designers to have the model ready in hours with precision. Comparing to other model making manually it would reduce the costs drastically. Furthermore a 3d printer can operate continuously for a larger models. 

Urban & Green: Requirements for a 3D Printer for Architectural Models 

Build volume: Build Volume is one of the important factors to be considered. The larger the build volume, the bigger and more detailed architectural models can be printed. If you’re designing big models, large build volumes will help in printing the whole model at once rather than creating separate parts and then joining them together. 

Which materials can be printed? You need to know what kind of filaments can be printed beforehand. Some printers can only print a couple of materials, and others can print only materials manufactured by the company itself, while there are other printers which can print all the available filaments on the market. 

Printing speed: Printing speed is also a critical factor to be considered. Some models may take longer time to print and they may even needs to be printed overnight. The faster it prints, the faster your job gets done. Find more valuable insights and further information in our latest tech-blogs.