Every architectural project starts with a concept model. It’s a fundamental tool that helps architects, clients and the public visualize the architect’s vision of the design. But the journey from blueprints to physical models is a long, difficult one. It takes a lot of hard work to create a hand-made, detailed, and scaled concept model. The task becomes even more difficult when complex geometries are involved. 3D printing will simplify the process.
It can render highly detailed physical models from a range of materials and colors based on a CAD model. It is an efficient process that lets architects turn out models quickly and more accurately. It also gives buyers and clients a better idea of what the final building will look like. And if they want any changes, they can suggest some and then quickly see them in a new 3D-printed model. This saves time and money compared to waiting for the building to be nearly finished before realizing it needs some tweaks.
Similarly Interior design has always been challenging and time-consuming for architects. 3D printing will let them create complex furnishings and detailed parts must faster. Smaller decorative items can be prototyped quickly and without wasting expensive materials or human labor.