The ability to print 3D models is transforming architecture as there are so many benefits from introducing this technology to the design process.
If you want to stay ahead of the architecture industry and ensure that you are being innovative in both your designs and approach, then you are going to want to utilize 3D printing.
To learn more, read on for five things to know about 3D printed models in architecture.
1. 3D Printing can save Money and Time
There is no denying that traditional techniques for architectural model-making is both expensive and labor-intensive; however, 3D printing decreases the need for firms to spend exorbitant amounts of resources on a single model.
In fact, by utilizing 3D printing technology, you can save more than 50% on the costs of model-making thanks to the electronic process and the reduction in the material that will be wasted.
Additionally, whereas handmade models can take weeks (or potentially months) to be developed, when it comes to 3D printing, that same model can be created overnight. Once you place your order with the best 3D printing service, the 3D printer will do the job autonomously.
After all, time is money, so saving hours of work translates to even more significant savings. This also provides you with more time to focus on other priority projects, and means you don’t have to deal with cleaning and post-processing.
2. Maintain Quality Standards
That being said, just because there is a reduction in the cost and the time required, doesn’t mean that there is also a reduction in the quality of the model. In fact, the converse is true, as 3D printing renders cutting-edge precision and accuracy with regular classes beginning from 100 microns of details and working up to 26 microns.
Furthermore, there are plenty of materials from which you can choose such as polyamide (one of the most popular for architects), prime gray, multicolor and transparent additions (such as transparent resin) or metal parts (such as steel and brass).
3. Design Freedom
Particularly for architects, the beauty of 3D printing is that complexity is not a problem.
As any plan or design is physically possible to produce, architects find that 3D printing grants them a freedom that hasn’t been possible before due to severe manufacturing limitations. Therefore, 3D printing is exceptionally valuable if you tend to design buildings or spaces that include intricate design elements.
3D printing is considered additive manufacturing technology as it builds an item one layer at a time. This ensures that no design is too small or too big and you can be sure that it is possible to create models that will fit all your architectural needs, from cityscapes to industrial buildings and home interiors to landscapes.
4. Facilitate Easier Communication
One of the most prominent challenges architects have is being able to explain the ideas that are in their head to their clients in a way that makes sense. Luckily, if you want your clients to be able to visualize your designs, understand your concept, and be engaged during the process, then 3D printed models are the way to go.
By 3D printing your model, you are taking a significant step to make your design ideas more tangible through a detailed scale model. Being able to produce an example of the final project to your clients and colleagues is a beneficial way to present your design ideas as it prevents guesswork and reduces the need for technical drawings and sketches. Plus, being able to show a detailed scale model is excellent for pitching memorably.
5. Easy to update and Produce
The benefits of 3D printed models in architecture extend further into the process as the files are easy to edit, reiterate and reproduce. This ensures that you have complete flexibility over your work and control over the process. Whether you want to make a change in your design, or a colleague notices something that won’t work, or your client decides they need an area tweaking, it is simple to achieve.
All your 3D printing firm has to do is edit the file, and then your model can be re-printed. Plus, once the design file has been edited and looks precisely as you desire, as many copies of the model as you need can be printed.
Has your architectural firm ever considered using 3D printing for models? Why or why not?
Pir Arkam is the Founder at Proto21 3D Printing LLC in the UAE. The company is dedicated to accelerating 3D printing and additive manufacturing adoption by providing rapid prototyping services with free consultation and delivering 3D printing training workshops. Proto21 has a solution for every phase of the product development cycle in all of the major industries.