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Architectural models in a matter of hours

Art2017-05-23T07:45:38+00:00

Design With Lower Costs and Greater Flexibility

Quickly design and modify concept models in less time

With a 3D Printer by your side everything becomes far more efficient. Within hours you’ll have a concept model in your hands – and at a fraction of the cost too. But why stop at one model? With 3D printing, you can let the creativity flow crafting many iterations until you’re satisfied.

I see 3D printing as an essential tool for the development of our architectural ideas in practice, a way of testing the limits of possibility in the comfort of our own studio.

Fast reiterations

Throughout the planning process of the Ilona Rose House project, MATT found they needed to reiterate the design a number of times. 3D printing proved to be an invaluable tool for prototyping quick yet beautiful models that help engage the planners in the planning process and transmit the ideas they have for the build.

Inclusive architecture with 3D printing

As this case illustrates, 3D printing can be used to greatly reduce the development time of architectural models. It also allows for greater engagement in the planning process by being able to quickly print out sturdy designs to transmit the architect’s ideas and proposals. Discover the possibilities of 3D printing in architecture by checking out our explore pages:

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Create detailed architectural models at a fraction of the usual cost

Low volume production now made affordable

Being able to print prototypes out of the same material as the final production part is invaluable. By 3D printing patterns and/or molds, you won’t face the costs associated with traditional mold making. You’re also able to create one-off molds. Think of the difference that will make.

Cost Comparison

External suppliers Ultimaker 3D printers
Iterations/model1-2 Iterations/model3-4
Cost/model£400 Cost/model£15

It’s difficult to do a direct cost comparison, as MATT Architecture print materials in a range of sizes. On average, however, print materials cost anything from 20 pence to £30.

Produce models in a matter of hours, not days

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Introduce 3D Printing into your workflow

Improve communication with clients

Achieve more flexibility and freedom

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Why choose a 3D Printer in Architecture?

  • It eliminates ambiguity when holding a real-life model of the concept
  • Architects can test market potential, discuss ideas with potential buyers or raise capital from investors
  • Your Ultimaker does all the hard work for you. Print one or twenty models, it’s up to you
  • Easily recreate textures, finishes and colors to create a new dimension
  • You can print complex shapes and geometries
  • It creates less waste, using up to 90% of the raw material

[Stratasys technology] has saved [U.S. Department of Defense] over $3.8 million to date with an expected 10-to-15-year savings of over $15 million.

Mitchell Weatherly, Sheppard AFB, Chief, Trainer Development Flight

Early stage models

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Urban planning

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Model variations

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Multiple iterations

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Save Time & Money

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[Stratasys technology] has saved [U.S. Department of Defense] over $3.8 million to date with an expected 10-to-15-year savings of over $15 million.

Mitchell Weatherly, Sheppard AFB, Chief, Trainer Development Flight