Wednesday, June 30, 2010

How do Architecture, Engineering and Construction, AEC, Professionals Use 3D Printed Models?

Just as with building information modeling (BIM) software, 3D printing is becoming a strategic necessity for Architecture, Engineering and Construction, AEC, firms. The question is no longer “should we do it?”, it is “how do we implement 3D printing into our practice today?”. You can use a 3D printed model in the same way that you use handcrafted 3D models and renderings. Applications include client presentation, massing, detailed models, building performance analysis, clash detection, and building construction phases.

The following examples illustrate how firms of every size use 3D printing to improve design quality, client satisfaction, marketing effectiveness and regulatory relations.

Regulatory Approvals

3D printed models can be combined with other elements to quickly, easily and affordably create multicolor presentations to clients and team stakeholders, helping to close deals and win faster approvals.

The China House model courtesy of Autodesk, Inc.

Bentley MicroStation plant model printed on a ZPrinter 650, courtesy of Shinryo International and Team-S.

Autodesk Ecotect Analysis model courtesy of Autodesk, Inc.


Massing Model

Classic white massing models convey exterior form and proportion. Contemporary design shapes are well suited to 3D printing.


Urban Planning

3D printing this Midtown Manhattan cityscape from CAD and GPS data is quicker, more affordable and more accurate than handcrafting the model.

Midtown Manhattan model, printed on a ZPrinter 650, data courtesy of Parsons Brinckerhoff



How do you use 3DP at your firm? Has 3DP changed the way you work? What are some other, unanticipated benefits of 3DP?

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