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MATT Architecture uses 3D printing to save time and money reiterating models of architectural plans they are working on in central London.

MATT Architecture is a firm based in London which uses 3D printing as a tool to engage clients at the early stage of a design process. By using 3D printed models, they can convey their ideas a lot more easily.

The firm works on a wide range of buildings. Previously, their models had been made using paper or cardboard and were constructed by hand.

However, this solution does not convey complex intricacies. It also requires a lot of effort to work out all of the geometries in paper. This time could be much better spent elsewhere — this is where 3D printing saves the day.

Daniel Lauand, one of the architects working at MATT, explains:

“Whilst architects have always constructed physical models to test and evaluate design decisions, 3D printing opened up the possibility of increasing the frequency and complexity of this iterative process between digital model and physical artefact.”

Benefits of 3D Printing for MATT Architecture

3D printing came into the firm after founding partner Matt White backed a printer on Kickstarter. The team now have a pair of Ultimaker 2 machines and one Ultimaker 2+. They have plans to implement a fourth printer next year.

The printers have saved a huge amount of time already. Currently, the team are working on the Ilona Rose House project. This is a 300,000 square-foot new build in central London.

During the planning process, the team required some way in which they could reiterate the design multiple times. As a result, 3D printing proved to be an invaluable tool for prototyping models quickly.

The prints help transmit ideas for the build to planners. Therefore, 3D printing was especially useful for the building’s facade which the team 3D printed in full size. They then cast a mold and finally produced a tile. As a result, MATT can clearly show their ideas planners and manufacturers.

Lauand predicts a bright future for the technology. He said: “I see 3D printing as an essential tool for the development of our architectural ideas in practice, a way of testing the limits of possibility in the comfort of our own studio.”

Source: Ultimaker

MATT architecture

MATT architecture

MATT Architecture uses 3D printing to save time and money reiterating models of architectural plans they are working on in central London.

MATT Architecture is a firm based in London which uses 3D printing as a tool to engage clients at the early stage of a design process. By using 3D printed models, they can convey their ideas a lot more easily.

The firm works on a wide range of buildings. Previously, their models had been made using paper or cardboard and were constructed by hand.

However, this solution does not convey complex intricacies. It also requires a lot of effort to work out all of the geometries in paper. This time could be much better spent elsewhere — this is where 3D printing saves the day.

Daniel Lauand, one of the architects working at MATT, explains:

“Whilst architects have always constructed physical models to test and evaluate design decisions, 3D printing opened up the possibility of increasing the frequency and complexity of this iterative process between digital model and physical artefact.”

Benefits of 3D Printing for MATT Architecture

3D printing came into the firm after founding partner Matt White backed a printer on Kickstarter. The team now have a pair of Ultimaker 2 machines and one Ultimaker 2+. They have plans to implement a fourth printer next year.

The printers have saved a huge amount of time already. Currently, the team are working on the Ilona Rose House project. This is a 300,000 square-foot new build in central London.

During the planning process, the team required some way in which they could reiterate the design multiple times. As a result, 3D printing proved to be an invaluable tool for prototyping models quickly.

The prints help transmit ideas for the build to planners. Therefore, 3D printing was especially useful for the building’s facade which the team 3D printed in full size. They then cast a mold and finally produced a tile. As a result, MATT can clearly show their ideas planners and manufacturers.

Lauand predicts a bright future for the technology. He said: “I see 3D printing as an essential tool for the development of our architectural ideas in practice, a way of testing the limits of possibility in the comfort of our own studio.”

Source: Ultimaker

MATT architecture

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