Making beautiful 3D visualizations of houses, offices or buildings in designing programs are common fact for architects. However, nowadays tangible models play an important role in the internal and external communication. You can spend your hours on preparing maquettes, gluing and cutting, but thanks to 3D printing this is not longer necessary. In this blog you will read why 3D printing is awesome for architects!

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Tangible models

3D printing allows the creation of tangible models. Tangible models can easily be used for communicating ideas. Sometimes it’s difficult to understand 3D models designed on a computer. Looking at a physical object, creates a better understanding of the building. It’s easier to analyse and it can be used for convincing customers or investors.

Rapid prototyping

Besides creating a tangible model for customers or investors, 3D printing gives the opportunity for rapid prototyping: profoundly make changes in the creative process. Easily recreate textures, finishes and colours to create new dimensions. Setting up the 3D printer before going home, returning the next morning to analyse the new printed models with your colleagues.

Simple, fast and inexpensive

3D models replace the handmade and labour-intensive prototypes. This will save you a lot of time, money and energy! Creating a prototype is now a fact of a few hours, instead of days. The 3D printer does the work for you, so you’re able to spend your time dealing with other issues. 3D printing is relatively fast and inexpensive, so producing multiple versions of the 3D model can be easily done. Thanks to 3D printing you can make simple changes, reviews and testing to achieve the perfect design.

3D printing architecture – 3D print of the new CAD2M and dddrop building

Complex and detailed architectural prints

Also, creating a detailed maquette is extremely simple. Making 3D models with precision on your own takes a lot of time and sometimes buildings are so complex that creating such maquette is almost impossible. 3D printing gives the opportunity to present the building in it’s full appearance including complex details. For example the dddrop Leader TWIN has two independent print heads, each head provided with their own control and configuration. It makes printing with completely different colours and materials possible. In this way you’re able to print complex buildings with soluble support materials like HIPS or PVA or even give some parts of the model different colours. Then, all you have to do is dissolve the support material in water or limoneen, depending on the support material you chose. You will get a complex and detailed building that would be impossible to create by your own.

TIP: 3D printers with a larger print volume are preferred for 3D printing in architecture. It gives the possibility to create 3D models in one piece instead of assembling it afterwards.

Would you like to receive more information about 3D printing in architecture? Visit our 3D print event for architects, organized by our reseller CAD2M. However, the information will be in Dutch.