Applications of 3D Printing in Architecture

3D Printing in Architecture

3D Printing in Architecture

3-D printing is changing the way we perceive architectural designs. The fact that we can create whatever that we design instantaneously provides architects with extreme prototyping ability.
3-D printing is used to design house layouts, Architectural models building structures and city planning. Bridges and Dams that would need a scaled down functional prototype can also be done with the help of 3-d Printing.

Benefits of 3-D Printing over existing technologies

For any technology to be adopted cost and convenience is a key factor and that’s where 3D printing is above existing technologies. 3D printing can be used to produce a wide range of architectural models even with high complexity which would have been impossible to visualize otherwise.

# Cost

3D printing enables architects and designers to create 3D architectural models with a high level of precision. These models are far more useful than existing models.

# Time

3D printing saves time in the initial design and creation phases by reducing the time needed for architectural model production. Since you save time on building the model by hand, you can spend more time on developing different concepts of the model.

# Ease of Use

The ease with which 2d sketches are converted into 3d models makes 3d printing technology adoption very easy.

# Scale of Use

The best part is that no project is too large or too small be that development of cityscapes, commercial buildings, homes interiors, or swimming pools.

The Methodology

Step 1: Cad Designing

Architectural CAD programs like AutoCAD, Revit, and Sketchup have the ability to produce 3D compatible models. Once the 3D cad model is created it is further sliced in the form of layers where the accuracy and other parameters are later defined.

Step 2: Printing

The next step is to print the object with the help of a 3D Printer depending on the application. For mock-ups and scaled down versions, FDM based desktop printers are the appropriate choice. In the case of functional testing, SLS based printers are the preferred choice.

Step 3: Post Processing

The final step is the post-processing and finishing. Assembling, re-arrangement and color combination in the finished product.

Bridges:

A bridge is a functional piece in civil construction and requires many functional tests. For a new person in the field, mistakes can be very costly. Hence scaled down version is very necessary for investigating the functional capability of a structure.
We have built many scaled-down versions of Dams, Bridges, and Skyscrapers for scaled-down functional tests.

Conclusion:

We believe 3-D printing technology is a useful realization tool in architecture.
We look forward to working with architects in sharing our knowledge, collaborating and executing projects.
We provide a range of services from the conversion of 2-D elevations into 3-D models.

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