3D Printing Transforming Architectural Modeling

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Imagine waking up to a totally new place? Spooky, right? Most wish it’ll just be a dream, because animals innately do not appreciate change, they will not be comfortable outside their domain or habitat. Likewise, humans refer to their homes as their domain, it is a reflection of their personality, their abode in sickness and in health, their getaway in their darkest times, the perfect place for celebration on their greatest achievements. This is not only true for homes but also for every structure that man has ever built, it is someone’s pride, someone’s personality hiding beneath those walls. That someone is the architect who meticulously plans and designs your space as per your requirements.

“Architecture begins where Engineering ends” said a great man, but what one must take away from this is that, he said so in the first decade of the 1900s. With time, engineering and technology in general, have caught up with the visualization capabilities of man. New technologies that can pour life to your thoughts onto a screen within very little time have been developed. Investing time, resources and efforts in realizing your thoughts is something of the past, now with a few simple processes, digital models can be made within hours. Architects found this as a huge improvement in the status quo, and quickly adapted to this. While this was all baffling, Engineers have done their job once again. That is finding flaws. The men of science identified that this computer screen cannot replicate the actual experience of a hand made model, which ultimately takes a lot of time, patience and labor. Here enter the additive manufacturing technologies.

Additive Manufacturing is an appropriate name to describe the technologies that build 3D objects by adding layer-upon-layer of material, whether the material is plastic, metal, concrete or in the near future human cells. One of the modern technological marvels of the 21st century, immensely helpful to mankind in almost every aspect of life. In the field of architecture, it has many far-reaching applications to make your house into your home.

Concept Models

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Any architecture project starts off with inspection and pre-planning, the design stage is made easier with the help of 3D Printing, conventionally, the drawing is made according to standards and the hand made models are crafted after hours of high precision handicrafts and processes with huge scope of error. It is the process of converting ideas into reality and developing it to the final product after solving the problems step by step. This gradual process starts with making concept models. Iterating these models till the final, satisfactory and perfect product is reached. In the current technologies, 3D printing has become the initial and the best method for developing a concept or idea for a product. Concept modelling works on different scales, which ranges from personal sets to industrial levels.  Architecture holds great advancements in concept modelling. The rooms, interiors designing, building maps etc. can be properly designed and printed before starting the actual foundation on the building to reduce the mistakes, materials, and resources.

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Now, it’s the era of Rapid manufacturing, there is no product impossible to manufacture. Modelling has many advantages of its own. Architectural modelling, gives a realistic and precise perspective, where one can envision the final look of the area, part, or the product. Interior designs by 3d modelling have given away to new and creative modelling of products. This has even made their product development easier irrespective of its complexity. For Example, the curves or certain patterns in the furniture, it used to be a task for a very skilled worker with experience and is still very expensive, but now with 3d printing, the hustle is over. One can define and take art to a new level; in whichever way he/she wishes to use it and can make the uniqueness and never-ending designs one can imagine without breaking a sweat.

These models also assist the architects in better explaining their ideas to their clients, for showing at conferences and discussions, as a small memento for the finished structure.

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It would not be fair if the beautiful process of 3D printing assists you only in making your dream house’s structure, this extremely exact science can be used in making different interior design products that can help transform your house into a home, a set of walls into a personalized space, a room into a palace resembling one’s personality. Interior design involves a lot of products’ designing and making, with 3D printing, it’s a boon for your art, and it’s available to decorate your place. Who doesn’t want to live in a more pleasant, stylish, breath-taking, and comfortable space? People who live in a beautiful environment with a cool & stylish way of living, have good concentration, life, good quality of work outputs, mental wellness, etc.

3D Printing

With the advancements in the fields of science, mathematics and technology, every structure in the world can be now viewed and interpreted mathematically. Gone are those days, where buildings have to be rectangular, the roof has to be slanting etc. Parametric designing is a rather new and advanced technique where the process is based on algorithmic thinking that enables the expression of parameters and rules that, together, define, encode and clarify the relationship between design intent and design response. Here the different elements of a design are related and hence manipulated to obtain complex geometries and structures. 

Such models can be designed with a plethora of softwares available in the market, but creating a model from it through conventional crafting is nearly impossible. The complex curves and splines that are equation driven cannot be visualised by the untrained eye. With 3D Printing, creating these models is easier than ever, the process is entirely automated and takes very little time when compared to hand crafting.

Architecture students all over the world make models of their designs by hand, thereby limiting their imagination. A lot many creative and interesting ideas are scrapped with the sole reason that making them would be very tedious. This limits the work quality of the industry as a whole, because today’s students make up tomorrow’s industry. With the help of 3D Printing, all the students’ ideas can be made into aesthetically pleasing models, not only at a lesser price, but also at a lot faster than hand crafting them. This valuable time can be spent on doing more projects or learning more than what the students are usually limited to.

While 3D printing performs exceptionally in helping the process of construction and design, this technology has taken a step further in manufacturing buildings and houses that are 3D Printed in their entirety. This process gives paramount advantages over the conventional construction methods. While this takes a considerably smaller amount of time, complex curves and different shapes can be made with ease.

These are just some of the domains of the highly creative industry that architecture and designing is. Engineers can help optimise their workflow. However, Engineers can only help reduce the load on architects, not make their work redundant. While all these technologies and techniques can help make dream homes, the ideation, the creativity, the perspective of the trained human eye can never be replaced by any technology, ever.

Perhaps you are not into architecture, maybe you already live in your dream home, well, we can always help you out in many other ways, so upload your design and get a quote for your 3D model.

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