When 3D printing architectural models, you combine the precision of virtual 3D modeling with the tangibility of a physical object. Architects used to create scale models mostly out of wood or foam, but more and more of them are embracing the benefits of 3D printing their newest designs. Read on to learn why architects are joining the 3D printing revolution!
1. Your clients can visualize your architectural designs better
A 3D printed object makes your design tangible. So a detailed scale model of the final project can be a valuable way of communicating your design idea to colleagues or – more importantly – your clients. A 3D-printed architectural model takes out the guesswork and theoretical nature of technical drawings and sketches. Perfect for pitching an idea that stands out from the rest.
2. Reduce the time spent on creating architectural scale models
With a 3D printer you can make your design come to life while saving yourself the hours of work that creep into creating a scale model. Once you place an order for a 3D print, you can continue working on other important tasks – the 3D printer will do the job autonomously. 3D printing is especially useful if your design is made of complicated design elements such as double-curved surfaces or complex facades. If you use an online 3D printing service like i.materialise you won’t even have to worry about cleaning and post-processing your 3D print.
Another amazing time saver: after applying essential 3D printing design rules, you can even print existing 3D models created in programs like SketchUp. There is no need to create your 3D printable file from scratch..
Time is money. So saving hours of work ultimately means saving expenses.
3. Models are printed in great quality and come in many materials
Gone are the days where 3D prints looked pixelated and rough. Professional 3D printers now print architectural models with a great level of detail and pretty smooth surfaces. Additionally, you can choose from a wide range of materials. Polyamide (SLS) tends to be the most popular material amongst architects. If your architectural models require high accuracy with excellent feature resolution and full density, high surface aesthetics, SLA printing solution from Uniontech would be a perfect choice.
Check out some architectural models printed with Uniontech 3D printers.
4. Easily re-edit, re-use and re-print your architectural 3D models
3D printing allows you to be more flexible with your models. If the client requests a change, you can simply edit the file, share it with colleagues and re-print the object. If you need a second scale model you can simply print it again. That’s the beauty of 3D modeling and 3D printing – you are always in full control.
|If you are interested in 3D printing your virtual 3D design, please concern SLA 3D printing.
AIE provides both SLA 3D printing service and SLA 3D printers from UnionTech
Contact us for more information and quotation
Referral source: i.materialise