Additive Manufacturing in Architecture

Additive Manufacturing, more commonly known as 3D Printing, have been a revelation in today’s Architecture Industry. This breakthrough technology have helped firms innovate new work processes and strategies to adapt and thrive in this era.

The revolution in Architecture accompanied by the rising urban population has altered and transformed development patterns and Architecture today. This phenomenon has seen drastic changes in how homes, buildings and structures are designed and created as compared to the past.

Innovation is the key to a firm’s competitive advantage through this evolution, it is essential for Real estate developers and Architecture firms to innovate new work processes and strategies to adapt and thrive in this new era.


3D printed scale model of INHOLLAND University with Stratasys Objet Eden350TM 3D Printer

In Additive Manufacturing/3d-printing, the world has seen a breakthrough technology that enables and supports firms in transforming work processes to save vital resources such as cost and time while achieving endless design possibilities. By the nature of the Architecture industry, time constraint is often an issue as projects are required to be turned around at a frantic pace. 3d printing allows high quality physical models that are critical throughout the design process, to be generated and created automatedly from your digital drawings in a short span of time. Printers such as the Objet Connex are able to deposit layers as thin as 16microns/0.016mm, capable of creating the finest details.




Modelzium builds architectural models with an Object Eden350 3D printer

Traditional methods of handmade assembly meant that certain elements or details of the design are foregone. The speed and precision of 3d printing allows accurate remodeling of design that stakeholders can assess throughout the development process, enabling identification of any miscalculations that can be rectified early in the time consuming redesign phase as well as helping clients visualise proposed design with a scaled physical model.

With the rise in use of non-geometrical shapes with irregular contour in today’s architecture, 3d printing technology possesses the capabilties to create these scale models that traditional methods have failed to achieve previously, due to cost or time constraints. The technology is also easy to pick up and requires little training, further increasing productivity within the organisation.

3d printing technology itself is also developing. Specially designed large scale 3d printers are now capable of constructing actual concrete houses swiftly at a low cost.

In today’s dyamic and ever-changing Architecture environment, the speed and precision of 3d printing have proved to be an invaluable technology in transforming and developing work processes. Embracing the technology may be one of the game-changing factors in achieving success.



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