At OmniFab, we aim to look for ways to help our customers marry new technologies with their companies to help achieve their goals more effectively in less time.
New technologies offer a ‘WOW’ factor that creates buzz, excitement and curiosity. It gets people’s attention and helps to potentially get quicker approval and contracts.
3D printing is a powerful tool in aiding your customers to conceptualize and visualize designs through the stages of development, from sketch to final product.
The expectations developers have for both commercial and residential construction projects have changed drastically just within the last few years. Architects are now expected to offer a 3D Visualization of their complete design for analysis and approval regardless of the size of the project.
Recently, a new tool has risen which architects can add to their arsenal – 3D Printing.
With this new addition, architects who use them are better prepared to make the most persuasive bid for a building project.
3D PRINTING + ARCHITECTURE
The major areas of advancement have
Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC) professionals can now create quality 3-D files of their designs, and a good file is crucial to getting an aesthetically pleasing and structurally sound 3-D model.
Because of this, 3DP has become a viable option for architecture, engineering and construction and AEC software providers have upgraded their programs to support 3DP file formats.
Finally, 3DP technology continues to improve with stronger materials, office-friendly equipment, simplified operation and the option of full-color models.
Benefits of 3D Printing in Architecture:
1. Architectural scale models quickly communicate design concepts and allow people to easily comprehend a project. Makes it easier to sell a concept.
2. 3D Printing makes it easier to make adjustments to the design of architectural models. It will save time and money and increase your value to your clients.
3. A 3D-printed, physical model provides a visual perspective that you can’t achieve with blueprints, drawings, or even digital 3D models.
4. A 3D model helps the architect, contractor and client to envision the home on the lot to take full advantage of the views, terrain, and other natural elements, such as afternoon shade and morning breezes. Identify problems earlier
5. Architectural models can be 3D printed in full-color for awe-inspiring presentations and displays. No painting required!
Conceptual architecture defines the future. You are only limited by your imagination. Turn your ideas into reality!
Competitive Advantage of 3D Printing:
1) 3-D-printed models are: far cheaper to build, easier and faster to produce and more accurate than those created from traditional model-making methods
2) A 3D printer can easily print curved walls and rounded rooflines.
3) Having physical models early in a project greatly improves communication between design team members. This enhanced communication helps the team make changes earlier in a project when revisions are cheaper and easier to implement, thus reducing a project’s time and expense.
4) 3D models help architects and contractors communicate effectively with homeowners and clients, ensuring desired results and avoiding expensive changes once the project is under construction.
5) The greatest benefit of producing physical models earlier in a project is the increased buy-in that can be gained from the firm’s clients and stakeholders.
By combining a three dimensional printed model with the 3D Rendering of the building and surrounding area, the developer gets the most realistic perspective of the architect’s concept and the architect potentially gets a quicker approval and contract.
This approach can be used for:
1. Large site models
2. A single building
3. Massing/spatial/detailed models
4. Shadow Studies
5. Geographic Information System 3-D data can be printed to show actual city landscapes
6. Proposed buildings can be added to show the effect on a city’s skyline