Tradition + Technology

Residential Model showing landscaping

It's often difficult for those who are not in the industry to mentally visualize realistic 3D representations from 2D home design images and text descriptions. 3D printers can now affordably quickly produce 3D residential models for portraying ideas and plans to interested parties such as home buyers, city planners, investors and planning commissions.  Investors and potential buyers no longer need to be able to interpret complex AutoCAD print-outs to visualize their potential investments.

3D printing is an emerging technology with unlimited potential.  Advanced printing technologies can now print home designs with a high-degree of accuracy and can reproduce designs with intense detail at an affordable price.

Residential models of single-family homes, condos, apartment complexes and town homes are beneficial in the planning, design, fundraising, construction, marketing and sales process of residential home planning.

Features and Benefits

Residential Model of a modern house design
  • Realistic.  A 3D residential model provides a visual perspective that is nearly impossible to achieve from traditional media such as blueprints, drawings or digital computerized models.
  • Reactive. 3D printed home designs allow architects, prospective home owners and contractors the ability to see the home or housing complex in its element.  The design can be printed within its own natural surroundings including terrain, window views, natural sun and seasonal changes.
  • Choice.  Models can be printed with full detail or monochrome and everything in-between.  Using 3D printing you can easily fully print "show" homes and monochrome "place holder" models for showing an entire apartment complex or new housing division.
  • Affordability.  Using 3D printing you can order prints for something as small as a pool to as large as an entire multi-unit, multi-use facility for a low price.
  • Portfolio. 3D prints are an excellent addition to your home design portfolio, which can help you land new clients and investors.
  • Customization.  Using new 3D printing technologies, you can easily customize prints to show details such as the inside of energy efficient walls or electrical and plumbing details.

Client Reviews

Residential Model of a rustic cabin

“Since partnering with WhiteClouds, we have been able to enhance the entire architectural experience for our clients! The ability to recreate our client‘s custom log and timber frame home design in the form of a 3D print model, provides a greater clarity as to how the project will look and feel on the specific topography of their building site.”

Jeffery W.  Caudill
Winterwoods Homes, Ltd.

“The quality and finish exceed our expectations! Well done! Your team clearly put a lot of effort into this project, and we really appreciate the attention to detail and workmanship.  Over the past 10 years we have purchased about 15 scale models from another company, and the quality of your models far exceeds that of any other 3D printed model built for us.  Really impressive!”

Don Bergin
Blast Deflector

“I want to thank you for the job you and White Clouds did on our project.  The quality is very good and when you consider the price, none of us can figure out how you guys pulled it off.  Our Founder/CEO is going to love it and we can't wait to present it to him this week.  Details like the water, textured greenery, dog kennels, and gravel running track make it look as realistic as it gets.”

Dalton Pulsipher
Heavy Construction

Technology and Materials

  • With 3D printing technology, you aren‘t limited to straight lines and boxes. A 3D printer can easily print curved walls and rounded rooflines.
  • We can 3D print models in different materials including sandstone-like, digital plastic, and UV-cured resin. The type of model determines which material will produce the best results. We can help you choose the material that is best for your project.
  • 3D printed architectural models show incredible detail. The resolution of our printers is finer than a human hair.
  • Architectural models can be 3D printed in full-color (over 750,000 variations of color) for awe-inspiring presentations and displays. No painting required!


The cost of residential 3D models is based on the volume of material (size of the model), the time it takes to create the 3D printable file and other elements of the model.  Each model is bid individually and the best way to determine cost is to contact us and let us bid your project.

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Common Questions

What file type is required to 3D print a model?

We work with all architectural CAD programs including AutoCAD, Revit, Chief Architect, ArchiCAD and Sketchup, just to name a few.  If you design in 3D, we will start with your 3D files.  If you have 2D blueprints and elevations, or artist‘s sketches, we can build a model from these files as well.

Do the printers print in color?

Yes.  Most of our residential models are printed in full-color, sandstone-like material and print in full color.  Anything printed in UV-cured resin materials are a single color but can be painted.

What is the material used?

Most of our residential models are 3D printed in sandstone-like material; however, we also print in UV-cured resins.  We also use hand modeling techniques for large topographies and landscapes.

What is the largest model you can 3D print?

The build envelope on our larger printers is 9“ x 15“ x 20“.  This is the largest model we can print in a single piece.  We can 3D print larger models in multiple pieces.  We have built many residential home models that are finished anywhere from 2'x2' to 4'x6' (including base).

What is the turnaround time for a 3D-printed residential model?

We usually ask for four to six weeks from the time we take the order to when you will receive the model.  We understand that sometimes deadlines are tight and we can accommodate rush orders in as little as one week.

Can you 3D print the interior of a home or building?

Yes.  We can create a model with a removable roof and floors so you can see the layout of the home.  We can emulate furniture and even carpeting designs and paintings on the walls.

Can you 3D print terrain, swimming pools, arbors, hardscaping features, etc.?

Yes.  We 3D print many of the items in our residential models.  Landscaping really adds to the beauty and detail of the models.

If I want a second model is it cheaper?

Our pricing is based on the amount of material used and the time it takes to prepare your design.  The second model is less money because the design portion is complete.

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Worldwide Delivery

WhiteClouds has delivered models around the world.

History of Architectural Models

Residential Townhouse Model
Residential Model with Transparent Sections

Residential planning designs have been utilized since humans figured out how to connect two sticks together.  Technology has greatly evolved since the dawn of architecture, but the need to visualize a home design before building has existed since humans sought shelter.  In fact, archaeologists have found fired-clay models dating back to nearly 5000 BC.

As home design and building became more expensive and subject to government regulations, the need for accurate and affordable models increased in demand.  Creating 3D home designs from glue, cardboard and paint is tedious and time-consuming.  Old-fashioned modeling is no longer efficient or required. 3D modeling can produce accurate representations as detailed as desired.

Computer Aided Design (CAD) coupled with 3D printing can generate realistic to-scale models that not only accurately represent the original design but also excite the imagination of investors and buyers.