How 3D modeling can benefit architects

3D printing has found applications in the property improvement lifecycle and one can say without a doubt that architecture firms are benefitting the most out of this new technology. 3D model making can take advantage of the additive manufacturing technology for the speed, detail, cost and effectiveness.Traditional methods of architectural model making are quickly being replaced by 3D architectural model making for all its benefits and Generation 3D is one of the best 3D model making companies in UAE and is known for its model making services.

Architects have a pivotal role in building properties from its conception to its construction. 3D modeling makes the job much simpler for architects and takes away all the manual work from them leaving them to focus on developing their concepts and ideas. Let’s look at the different ways in which 3D printing and architectural modeling can help architects:

Benefits of 3D model making

Design development

Architects conceptualize a design, draw it manually and then work on it over time. Be it designing a building, urban are or a landscape,3D modeling allows architects to easily design complex structures and obtain physical models of the same. With 3D printing it is possible to obtain a physical model that looks as natural as possible and it also saves a lot of time and cost.

Win over competition

Architectural firms often find themselves in a position to present their concept in a better way compared to their competition. 3D modeling paves way for excellent physical production of the architect’s concept and helps them make their concept from the rest of the crowd.

Client Presentation

In many cases, visual representation of the building model might not be enough to impress an important client. Final presentation of the model is another stage where 3D model making can come to the architect’s rescue. With the physical model of a structure, clients can make better judgements and this can also help to win the contract ultimately.

Public Approval

in certain situations, it might take the local council or planning authority to approve a project. This might require discussions with the local public. In these cases 3D printing and creation of the physical model using it will help the public to get better understanding of what the structure will mean to them and their town’s development.


What is 3D Printing

3D printing, which is also known as additive manufacturing, is the process of creating an object from a 3D digital model or a CAD model. Typically, 3D printed objects are made by adding layer over layer of materials like plastic, liquids or other materials until the object is fully formed. In the past 3D printing was only used to create prototypes, however as new technology emerged and more varied materials started to come into use, 3D printing, and manufacturing became a more popular method and is today used in almost all industries. At Generation 3D, the additive manufacturing technology is used to create objects of a wide variety including 3d models in architecture, 3D interior design structures, objects in fashion, artwork, medical field, automobiles and many more. Our expert 3D design team makes the most complex designs look impeccable and creates them to be cost-effective as well, in the minimum possible time. This makes Generation 3D the best 3D model making company in Dubai, UAE.


How does 3D printing work?


The first step is to create a digital model of the design you want and then preparing it to be printed using a 3D printer. This process is called slicing. Slicing is the process of breaking down your CAD model into hundreds of thousands of layers to be eventually printed.

The most common 3D printing process in use is called Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) which uses a continuous filament of thermoplastic material.


3D Printing Materials


The most frequently used 3D printing materials are:


Thermoplastics: The is the most common type of plastic. Its most striking property is that it can go through various melting and solidification cycles. It can be molded into the desired shape very easily and it is also reversible.


Thermosetting plastics: After a curing process induced by heat, light or radiation this type of plastic solidifies and sets itself. It is not reversible as the polymers in this material cross-link and decomposes when heated rather than melting.


3D Printing Processes


The most widely used processes in 3D printing are:


Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM): In this process, 3D printers melt and eject thermoplastic material and this material is deposited layer by layer by a printer nozzle in the build area


Stereolithography (SLA) printers: In these printers, curing of thermosetting liquid resins into plastic using laser and this process is called polymerization


Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) printers: In these 3D printers, high-intensity laser is used to fuse thermoplastic powder