Maquette

Architectural and topographic model

 

The process of making a model has many stages. The files we receive are often created with the Sketchup drawing software. They are great for 3D presentations because all the elements fit together on the screen. Here are a few things to think about to make sure they can be printed in 3D.

 

The building needs to be in one or a few solid parts exported as an. stl or .obj file. The 3D software often provides directories of parts and drawings that are assembled. They have to be combined or fused together to maximise the 3D printing time.

For example, the roof can be a single part as well as the floor. The challenge is often with the walls and windows. You need to simplify the number of elements and only keep what is on the outside and inside. Remove all the frames or other parts between two walls. For example, a double window does not need to have a central wall. This avoids having artefacts in your 3D model.

Another element to check is the thickness of certain parts when they are to scale. We shall have a better result with the 3D printer if we make balcony rails and windows, antennas, writing, signs etc. more than 1 mm in size. In some cases, it will be easier to design a simplified 1cm X 3cm balcony rather than try to combine all elements, window, screws, clamps, posts and the rest.

 

We can always do this work for you or accompany you in designing the drawings for your model so as to get the most out of it.

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