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, 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. We can also create topography models and maps simply from your provided coordinates.
Do the printers print in color?
We use advanced fabrication methods that merge 3D printing with high-resolution full-color images and graphics.
What is the material used?
We consider many factors when choosing the materials for your topography. We will match the most suitable material and fabrication process to meet your presentation, size, transportability, and cost requirements. We fabricate in our model shop using different types of foam, wood, metal, resins, and acrylics.
What is the largest model you can 3D print?
There is no limit to the size of a topographical model. Our 3D print envelope on our standard printers is 11" x 11" x 15"; this is the largest model we can print in a single piece. We have mastered building larger topography models by fusing multiple smaller 3D printed parts into big displays. If we determine that a foam-type structure is the best fabrication method, it is straightforward for us to build out extensive and precise models with the help of our in-house CNC machine.
What is the turnaround time for a 3D-printed topographical model?
We usually ask for four to six weeks from when we take the order to when you will receive the model. We understand that sometimes deadlines are tight, and we can often accommodate rush orders in as little as one week, depending on our current production queue.
Can you 3D print homes, buildings, swimming pools, arbors, hardscaping features, etc.?
Yes. We 3D print many of these items in our topographical models in-house. We refer to the more complex topography models as architectural dioramas.
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