Contrary to popular belief, 3D printing is nothing new as it has been a technology in use since the 1980s.

Despite this fact, it hasn’t been in widespread commercial use until the early 2010s, with many 3D printing companies now offering extremely affordable products that are even aimed at home users such as hobbyists.

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But aside from being an industry that is becoming increasingly popular with people wanting to 3D print all sorts of weird and wonderful objects, 3D printers are actually really useful tools, especially for architects. Here are some reasons why:

They are great for visualising projects

Typically architects will come up with two-dimensional or three-dimensional renders of projects that they are working on, which can then be used for marketing and promotional purposes by their clients.

For example, if an architect’s client is looking to build a block of flats or a housing estate, the 2D and 3D images can be used by the client to show to prospective buyers and other interested parties such as the media what these buildings and estates will look like once they are completed.

These renders can also be used on the Internet, and they are really useful for architectural visualisation. But an awesome way of bringing these concepts to life is to see them as a scale model, and a way that architects can do so is by sending these renders to print on a 3D printer!

The 3D-printed models can then be painted or customised to suit the requirements of the model demonstration, which will serve as an awesome way of captivating people’s attention and making them extremely interested in the building project at hand.

They are inexpensive

Whilst it is true that huge, industrial-scale 3D printers can be worth tens or even hundreds of thousands of pounds, the 3D printing industry has grown to such an extent over the past 4 years or so that it is now possible for anyone to buy a 3D printer for home, commercial or industrial use without having to pay a fortune for the privilege!

This means 3D printing technology will easily be in the grasp of architects across the United Kingdom and beyond, and they won’t require an entire room or floor dedicated to a 3D printer either thanks to their portable sizes.

They are easy to use

3D printers are in many ways similar to the familiar inkjet and laser printers that adorn offices and homes everywhere throughout the world, with the main thing being that your print job is transmitted to the printer from your computer, and it then prints out what you want!

Except with 3D printers, you don’t get a piece of A4 paper with a picture on it, you get a three-dimensional object such as a scale-model building, for example!

The 3D objects can be designed in much the same way that 3D renders are made (which is something architects will be familiar with), so for architects looking to produce 3D buildings it doesn’t require much in the way of familiarisation with the concept or methods of producing such items.