3d printing in architecture industry
Architecture is truly a blend of arts, aesthetics, engineering and technology while also being reflective of the contemporary fashion and style as well as culture and heritage. It encompasses the process as well as product of planning, designing, and creating physical structures.
Architecture is better appreciated through models that present elegantly and clearly all the grandeur of the original structures and designs even before they come to life in the real world. It is common to view models of buildings, landscapes, office spaces, furniture, and decorative elements that add beauty to the exterior or interior of living and working spaces.
Also, architecture is the constantly evolving answer to innumerable demands across various industries and sectors including corporate, residential, education, entertainment, commerce and business, healthcare, manufacturing and warehousing, and more.
3D Printing Advantage:
The obvious example of applying 3D printing to architecture is the ability to create not only prototypes of whole landscapes of yet-to-be-built residential, commercial, industrial areas but also miniaturized models of buildings as well as interior decoration and furniture with fine details. In fact, most aesthetic and artistic interior decoration can be actual products of 3D printing. Particularly, when components of macro-level architecture (urban/structural design) or members of micro-level architecture (interior design) must replicate an existing structural design, 3D printing is the most reliable option to realize it.
- Prototyping becomes much quicker and effortless, compared to tediously hand-made models using cardboard or thermocol
- Using multiple materials and producing various components of a larger design element in parallel is easier
- Replication of existing or new designs is faster and reliable
- Modular 3D designs make reconfiguration easier so as to meet changing requirements
- Scalability is an inherent feature of 3D design and printing
- Most 3D design aspects are compatible with traditional CAD/CAM software products