3D Modeling in Architecture using 3D printing technology
In the history of manufacturing, subtractive methods have often come first. The province of machining (generating exact shapes with high precision) was generally a subtractive affair, from filing and turning through milling and grinding.
3D printing, which can also be called addictive manufacturing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file.
Additive manufacturing’s earliest applications have been on the Toolroom end of the manufacturing spectrum. For example, rapid prototyping was one of the earliest additive variants and its mission was to reduce the lead time and cost of developing prototypes of new parts and devices, which was earlier only done with subtractive Toolroom methods (typically slowly and expensively). However, as the years go by and technology continually advances, additive methods are moving ever further into the production end of manufacturing.
The creation of a 3D printed object is mostly achieved using additive processes. While In an additive process, an object is created by laying down successive layers of material until the object is created. Each of these layers can be seen as a thinly sliced horizontal cross-section of the eventual object.
But thanks to advancement in technology, 3D printers are making an excellent transformation in the architectural industry, by providing its players with new solutions to turn architectural 3D models live.
HOW MODELS ARE MADE IN ARCHITECTURE TODAY AND WHY ITS TIME CONSUMING AND EXPENSIVE
Architectural models breathe life into abstract concepts, but they have traditionally taken so long to create that clients are left with a feeling that are watching an actual building being made.
This troublesome for architectural firms facing important deadlines like client presentations or public hearings. The current process is manual and it required workers or subcontractors to handcraft these models.
Even though using a lazer cutter may create perfect edges and curves, and it makes model look neat and exact. However this process requires assembling of different parts and thus proves costly as well as time consuming.
HOW 3D PRINTING CAN HELP IN MAKING MODELS FOR ARCHITECTURAL FIRMS AND ITS BENEFITS
While talking about the application of 3D printing in architecture, it is obvious that Advanced architectural CAD software is the one which enables to create 3D visualizations, but traditional physical models of construction projects still play a major role in the architect’s job when it comes to meeting clients and communicating architect’s ideas.
It’s important to be aware that the biggest challenge that architects have been facing for decades were high costs of producing 3D models, time and precision in details. They had to rely on craftsman’s work.
But thanks to innovation in technology,3D printers now have the capability of transforming the architectural industry, by providing its players with new solutions to turn architectural 3D models live.
THE MAIN BENEFITS OF 3D PRINTING FOR ARCHITECTS
- Lower production costs
Having a detailed physical model of a construction project is an invaluable asset for architects and property developers to quickly test concepts and more importantly, spot potential engineering problems that might be harder to notice on a computer screen. Ordering a hand-made 3D model during the design process can be time consuming and expensive. With 3D printers the models can be printed from plastic material which is a much cheaper option in comparison to the craftsman’s job.
- Time saving
3D printers help architects to save time. Using 3D printer, you can save your time and energy which you would be wasting on dealing with craftsman to get model built. In most of the 3D printers all you need to do just imports the CAD file into the 3D printer, choose the settings and 3D printer will do the rest of the work. So you can embark on a new architectural project.
- High precision in 3D printing
The exciting thing about 3D printing is high precision. It is now possible to get the construction project with complex and tiny details produced in a physical model accurately, which was almost impossible to make by hand.
- Helps to make a strong impression
3D models of construction projects are a complement to computer 3D visualization. For architects they can help to impress potential clients during a business meeting and ultimately win more business. There is nothing better than a finely detailed physical model to convey your ideas so that clients have a clearer understanding about it.
WHY CHOOSE LBDMAKERS FOR 3D PRINTING?
- 3D architecture software for 3D printing
RK Telesystem uses Solid Works and Rhinocerous software which is a powerful standalone CAD application that enables architects and professional builders to draw accurate 2D floor plans and elevations and automatically visualize their ideas with client friendly interactive 3D models.
- SPEEDY AND QUALITY PRINTING
RK Telesystem does not depend on other vendors for a quality 3D Printer, rather we have built our own iconic 3D Printer which was constantly improved over time according to Industry needs and is now one of the best 3D Printer for professional use with 50 microns resolution and massive 768 cubic inch build volume.
- LOWER COST
The lower costs of creating models with our self manufactured printers allow us to offer customers two or three 3D printed models for what used to be the price of one. More customers can now take advantage of modeling services because RK Telesystem has found a way to make it more affordable.
The result of the new speed and affordability of in-house 3D printing is that RK Telesystem and its clients enjoy cost savings and a positive impact of the new service. Demand for the service is skyrocketing rapidly, as architects and their clients witness the speed and affordability of the 3D printed model can obtain.