Challenge and solution

Challenge

Challenge

For any architectural practice, models are a vital part of the iterative design process. They also serve as a focal point in client presentations. At Make Architects, Paul and his team previously relied on traditional model-making methods. These included hand-cutting concept models from foam and card, and massing models from timber. But this was a labor-intensive, noisy, and messy process. Some models were also outsourced to a 3D printing service for overnight fabrication, but these prints were too fragile and expensive.

Solution

Solution

After purchasing their first Ultimaker 3D printer, the modelshop quickly scaled their production. Today, 14 Ultimakers operate in the modelshop. After just a 30-minute induction, each employee can print with confidence – thanks to the preconfigured profiles in Ultimaker Cura. In this way, Ultimaker facilitates Make’s ‘workshop’ way of working. Paul also uses Cura Connect which makes it possible queue and automate model production across multiple printers, and can check print progress remotely via the integrated cameras.

Cost comparison

In-house Ultimaker 3D printers

Outsourcing

Cost per part £1 Cost per part £80
Time per part 3-5 hours Time per part 24 hours

Small concept models were previously outsourced to a powder 3D printing agency, but they were too fragile and expensive

Results

Design simplicity

Design simplicity

Fused filament fabrication 3D printing requires no harsh chemicals or tricky post-processing. And so every employee receives a 30-minute induction to use the printers.

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Rapid iteration

Rapid iteration

Architects and designers are able to rapidly test ideas and find the design constraints of the site, including scale and orientation of forms. This leads to more assured creative decisions.

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In-house reliability

In-house reliability

With preconfigured material profiles, the model-makers are confident that the Ultimaker printers will work first time, and that their prints will be highly detailed and accurate.

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Global sharing

Global sharing

With Ultimaker 3D printers in Make’s offices in Hong Kong and Sydney, designers can send digital print files at a low cost, and collaborate on projects across different time zones.

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