4 Benefits of 3D Printing for Architects

A picture is worth a thousand words, they say. However, when dealing with three-dimensional spaces, simple photos fall flat. That is why, for many architects, discussing projects with their clients can often be a challenge. People who are not well-versed in scales, measurements, and angles may find it hard to comprehend design renderings. Thanks to modern advancements in our technology, architects can now translate their creative vision into tangible objects. 3D printing offers a convenient and efficient solution.

Having 3D-printed scale models during a pitch makes the presentation so much easier for both you and your client. Traditionally, architects used to create scale models out of wood or paper boards. However, this takes a lot of effort and time to build. 3D printers offer a faster and more reliable way of turning your vision into reality. 

If your office has not yet joined the 3D printing bandwagon, here are four reasons to convince you to do so:

3D printing makes your architectural design tangible

Because people respond better to visual information, your clients can better understand your ideas when they see an actual detailed scale model. Having a 3D-printed model on the pitch table allows you and your clients to have a more productive discussion. It takes out any guesswork and confusion from trying to understand the theoretical concepts of your sketches. 

3D printing speeds up the design process

Traditionally, architects hire artisans to work on building a scale model. This process takes days at best, and committing errors puts everything back to the drawing board. With a 3D printer, you can make a model in hours. It’s especially useful if your design features complicated elements, such as curved surfaces and textured facades. Because time means money in businesses, saving time means reducing expenses.

3D printing accommodates your detailed designs

Old-fashioned scale models are often rough replicas of your architectural design. These days, professional 3D printers let you achieve highly detailed models. You can print complex shapes, facades, interiors, and roofs. You can even make environmental elements, such as trees, cars, people, and so on. 

Additionally, 3D printers allow you to choose from a wide range of materials for your finished product—from acrylics to resins. You can even add transparent elements to replicate glass panels and windows. If you can think it, you can print it.

3D printing allows you to re-edit and re-print your models

While errors are part of the design process, it’s time-consuming to fix miscalculations. Not to mention, it’s expensive to have a scale model re-done. Most clients also tend to request for adjustments after seeing the initial design. With 3D printers, you get more flexibility when it comes to making your vision come to life. You can simply edit the file in your computer and re-print the object within hours.

How to Print Your 3D Scale Model

Learning the basics of 3D file preparation is easy for architects. You’ll need to use the software, such as SketchUp, which you most likely have mastered in your craft. You can opt to purchase your 3D printer, or you can send the file to a professional printing service when dealing with larger, more complicated designs.

If you’re looking for a 3D printing service, get in touch with us today to see how we can help today!

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