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, artist's sketches (or even napkin drawings), we can build a model from these as well.
Do the printers print in color?
Yes. Most of our topographical models are printed in a sandstone-like material and print in full color (up to 750,000 different colors). Anything printed in UV-cured resin materials are a single color but can be painted.
What is the material used?
We match the correct material and fabrication process to your requirements in terms of presentation, size, and transportability. We fabricate in our model shop using different types of foam, wood, metal, resins, and acrylics. We can also 3D print in full-color sandstone, uv-cured resin, plastic, rubber-like acrylic, and nylon.
What is the largest model you can 3D print?
There is no limit to the size for a topographical model. If we are using 3D printing technologies for building the topo, our 3D print 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 topographical models that are finished anywhere from 2'x2' to 4'x6' (including base). Large models are sometimes known as architectural dioramas. If we are using a foam type structure, it is very easy to build out very large models.
What is the turnaround time for a 3D-printed topographical 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 homes, buildings, swimming pools, arbors, hardscaping features, etc.?
Yes. We 3D print many of these items in our topographical models.
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