3D Printing Architectural Models

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3D Printing Architectural Models

To print architectural models is not without its challenges. Thin walls, large flat bases, overhangs, small features and lots more potential issues pose many challenges to producing a successful print.

Ideally you want to print the models in a single print however this is often difficult as they may require a large print bed and will use a lot of support material. We have therefore found it better in most situations to divide the model into parts and print the parts seperately. That way components like roofs can be printed upside down and therefore not require supports.

Another tip for 3D Printing models is to carefully consider the material used as there are trade-offs which need to be taken into account. For example when printing a building exterior, ABS is a strong semi-flexible material but it will may warp and curl if a large flat area like a floor is printed. PLA in that instance may be a better choice however it is often too brittle and cannot be post-processed to give it a smooth finish.

If you are looking to have an Architectural model 3D printed please contact us and we'd be happy to take a look at it. Our prices are low and if you are based in Australia we can get the model to you in just a few days.   

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