3D Printed Architectural Model Service
3D printed architectural model is the 3D printing application within architecture and landscaping.
Compared with traditional methods of model making, 3D printed architectural model can be made much easier and faster at quite lower cost.
3D printing frees architects, designers, and modelers from manual work so that they can devote their energies to elaborating on concepts and polishing the final work.
Thanks to the 3D printing technology, the majority of the structure can be printed at once as a single piece.
A 3D printer is also able to produce intricate components, such as colonnades, columns; arcades, arches, as architects and other users require.
3D printing allows you to efficiently create scaled-down architectural models of good quality.
In addition to achieving a high level of details, RJ Model tailors its professional and the best service to your need and design.
Lighting, finishing and other extra effects can be realized on the 3D printed architectural model.
- Scale: 1:300
- Size: 1200mm x 450mm x 800mm
- Production Time : 2 days
Today 3D printing is coming into frequent use of building city conceptual models to examine new proposed urban design and to provide the public a true sense of how the city will be evolved, as 3D printed model can aid the representation of design idea and development planning.
The primary benefit of making 3D printed city conceptual models is it helps the architects to discover several design concepts and iterations quickly in the early architectural design stage since 3D printed city conceptual models is an ideal tool for assessing how the new design will influence its surroundings.
More and more architects enjoy the use of 3D printed city conceptual models because it can save a lot of time and cost while increasing the capacity for exploring architectural design concept, and therefore assist the designers to take decisions on design choices.
RJ Models completed this 3D printed city conceptual architectural model to depict the new proposed city layout and highlight the city skyline by showing the relationship of heights between buildings.
- Scale: 1:250
- Size: 1100mm x 750mm
- Production Time : 2 days
Using the conventional model manufacturing process to create this 3D printed architectural frame model is laborious and time consuming as it consists of a meshed structure.
With advanced 3D printing technology, architectural models with complex structure can be easily made while the traditional model making methods, to some extent, are limited to straight lines and boxes.
RJ Models used 3D printer created the curved and rounded rooflines of this 3D printed architectural model with a high level of precision in a short time as 3D printing is the fastest and most accurate model making technology at present.
Equally important, using 3D printing to make this architectural model is cost-effective as it can minimize the amount of material needed while the structural integrity wasmaintained very well at the same time.
- Scale: 1: 300
- Size: 100mm x 350mm
- Production Time : 3 days
The above image shows a 3D print of 2 concept office architectural models.
An architect often requires some form of direction and inspiration during the design of a building and 3D printing can give that as well as reveal the architect’s design ideas.
A 3D printed architectural model often made up of uneven surfaces. The general appearance can often be less than perfect.
To achieve a pristine model, with as smooth as possible undulation of the 3D printed architectural model surfaces, RJ Models only uses top of the range 3D printer and the highest quality printing material.
The result, after some polishing and smoothening of the model base, is a professionally finished piece of work.
- Scale: 1 : 150
- Size: 3500 x 1500mm
- Production Time : 1 Months
This 1:150 scale 3D printed architectural model was built for the Kaohsiung Port and Cruise Service Center development presentation that took place in southern Taiwan.
Designed by Reiser + Umemoto, the multi-functional terminal would blend the uses of a port terminal, office building, and public facilities.
In general, it was expected to “ensure the continued economic viability of the port terminal, sustaining and amplifying the periodic maritime uses of the cruise terminal and ferries.”
Structurally, the proposed terminal has a curvilinear building shape and clear patterned skin, which is an artistic translation of the desert’s reflective phenomena.
In order to make the 3D printed architectural model more straightforward, RJ Models used advanced high-precision 3D printer to capture the model texture and the essence of design.
Using Strong and flexible PLA, this 3D printed architectural model was printed in sections, and then assembled, colored, polished and painted painstakingly to keep it as a one-piece 3D printed model.
With the assistance of the cutting edge 3D printing technology, this 3D printed architectural model is not only an ideal presentation tool for sales and marketing events but also lends an aura of energy to the model of terminal design.
- Scale: 1: 250
- Size: 1500mm x 1250mm
- Production Time : 45 days
3D printing technology builds this entire Camlica Republic Mosque architectural model, including the dome, the tall columns, building piers and all other components
Due to the larger size of the architectural model, RJ Models printed the different section of the mosque separately.
The separate components then go through further polishing to attain a perfect finish before painting and assembly.
The 3D printed model makers then installed lights in the model and trees were put in place to bring the entire model to life.
When the client gave their approval to the finished 3D printed architectural model, RJ Models professionally packaged the model in a custom made box before dispatching to ensure the model can deliver to any designated country.
- Scale: 1: 100
- Size: 450mm x 500mm x 400mm
- Production Time : 7 days
Located in the center of Houhai District and designed by KPF, this 67-story China Resources Headquarters building, which is also known as ‘the Spring Bamboo’, was considered to be the 3rd tallest building in Shenzhen, this 3D printed office building model is a conceptual replica of this building structure.
RJ’s 3D printed architectural model making experts used 3D printing and traditional craftsmanship to create the oblique grid building fabric of this office building model as it is not just time-effective but also helps for cost savings.
Although each piece was needed to be assembled accurately and each seam was required to be sealed with patience, it only took 20 days for RJ 3D printed architectural model making team to complete the final office building model.
This 3D printed architectural office model is more like a delicate artwork while it also perfectly reflects the unique architectural character of the real-life structure.
- Scale: 1: 1000
- Size: 750mm x 350mm
- Production Time : 21 days
RJ models once again have the honor of working with Zaha Hadid Architects in 2012; we are responsible for creating a 3D printed architectural model for Tokyo New National Stadium.
Zaha Hadid designed the Tokyo New National Stadium in her unique futuristic style.
The new Tokyo Stadium resembles a baseball cap, in a defined streamlined design.
The outer skeletal shell of steel beams made up the roof and resembled a futuristic spacecraft.
In order to achieve the accuracy of the component generation, RJ Models designers re-work the 3D model drawing to make it more understandable and to ease production process.
From re-drawing to the output of the components for a 3D printed architectural model, the error tolerance must not be more than a millimeter.
The color used on the 3D printed architectural model plays a decisive role. RJ Models experimented with different colors to use on the model and eventually settles for a metallic gray that will bring out the meaning behind Zaha’s design idea of Tokyo New National Stadium.
- Scale: 1: 100
- Size: 100mm x 750mm
- Production Time : 21 days
The above is a 3D printed architectural model for a festival.
Every May, Istanbul holds the Etnospor Kultur Festivali (Etnospor Cultural Festival), to celebrate the Turkish, Turkic and Central Asia sports and culture.
When RJ Models accepted the job, the project team chose and recorded the busiest and liveliest moments of the celebration and used it as a basis to construct the 3D printed architectural model.
3D printing technology is used to create the festival model.
The model designer used more than 50 carefully selected model people.
The designer then arranged these model people into tourists visiting the festival and participants playing out the games such as oil wrestling, Turkish Jereed, Turkish Archery to successfully create a vivid scene of the celebration.
The team took 15 days to complete and deliver the 3D printed architectural model, which includes the display of all the festival’s sports events.
- Scale: 1: 150
- Size: 600mm x 450m
- Production Time : 18 days
RJ Models uses 3D printing technology to display the grandeur of Dalian International Conference Center and its unique architectural design.
Situated in Dalian Diamond Bay is the Dalian International Conference Center, a centerpiece of the emerging Dalian Central Business District. Dalian International Conference Center located in the centerpiece of CBD, the Eastport Business District which is known as Diamond Bay.
3D printing technology can also create the conical roof structure of the theater and the conference space at a much faster rate.
The model maker further polish and paint to enhance the look of the 3D printed architectural model.
With the lightings fitted in the interior of the model, it successfully demonstrated the designer’s idea on this instantly recognizable landmark in the City of Dalian.
The 3D printed architectural model also created a strong impression among the public and attracted the attention of international community to this new modern city of Dalian.
- Scale: 1: 300
- Size: 750mm x 450m
- Production Time : 12 days
Museum of Contemporary Art Yinchuan is the first large-scale contemporary art gallery in Northwest China.
The design concept came from the designer’s understanding of the local geomorphology, his knowledge of the ever-changing and shifting Yellow River and his recognition of the landscape created by the weathering phenomenon.
The facade of MOCA Yinchuan mimics the layers of sediment left by the gradual shifting of the Yellow River.
RJ Models follows through this design concept and created a 3D printed architectural model that brought it to life.
RJ Models sprayed the completed 3D printed architectural model with warm white paint to further display the designer’s intention for a primary natural hue on the building.
When placed on a black base, the 3D printed architectural model displays the concept of the building design even more prominently, creating a strong impression on its audience.
- Scale: 1:200
- Size: 350mm x 350mm
- Production Time : 3 days
Making metal architectural models is kind of a wasteful process when using traditional model making techniques as plenty of chunky parts is generated and surplus model making material is used, while 3D printed metal architectural model can reduce the material waste to a minimum.
3D printing technology holds great potential for creating metal architectural models since individual parts of models can be 3D printed and spray-painted with a selected metal finish separately before being assembled.
RJ Models aesthetically and efficiently produced the metallic surface of this 3D printed metal architectural model by spraying the acrylic model with a golden metal finish, and the finished product is much lighter than its machined counterpart while the metal look of the model is very lifelike.
Combining the use of 3D printing technology with post-processing techniques to mimic the color and texture of the 3D metal architectural model is an ideal and popular way to turn the models into realistic prototypes.
- Scale: 1:200
- Size: 450mm x 450mm
- Production Time : 3 days
Generally, plastic and woods are considered the most commonly used materials to build block architectural models, but it is a time-consuming process and a great majority of the model making materials will be cut away.
In contrast, 3D printing technology is more capable of producing architectural models with the specific irregular shape or angled directions that exceed those of traditionally handcrafted models.
When making this 3D printed architectural model, RJ Models used the advanced 3D printer to overcome the difficulties in translating structure complexity into an accurately completed object.
Thanks to rich 3D printing model making the experience of RJ Models and high-performance 3D printers, architectural models with an impossible geometry and gloss or satin finish can be manufactured with outstanding dimensional precision.
- Scale: 1:50
- Size: 550mm x 350mm
- Production Time : 14 days
This 1:50 3D printed yacht model, which has a high-degree of accuracy and intense detail, perfectly expresses the true essence of 3D printing technology combined with post-processing techniques.
Manufacturing and assembling numbers of individual components is a complicated and time-consuming process by using standard model making methods, while 3D Printing technology RJ Models used to create this accurate 3D printed yacht model offers the possibility to build an integral model with an excellent surface quality.
3D printing cuts the timeline significantly allowing for RJ Models to complete this 3D printed yacht model in a short time period as post-processing techniques like painting and polishing can save plenty of time and cost.
3D printing is getting more and more popular because of the precision afforded, low model, making cost, short producing time and the aesthetic value of the finished products.
- Scale: 1:500
- Size: 1350mm x 1350mm
- Production Time : 14 Days
This 3D printed architectural model version of Riyadh Office Building encompasses three high-rise buildings corresponding to a mixed function of the office, hotel, retailing, and residential.
Located in the center of Riyadh’s business district, these three iconic towers, two new designed and one already exists, together dominate the city’s skyline. These three high-rise buildings are conjoined two by two by a continuous structure that designed as a materialized shadow with roof gardens on the top.
Using ABS ABSplus thermoplastic, these three striking skyscrapers were 3D printed layer by layer precisely and were glued to a plywood base after post-processing.
The chosen colors, white for the new proposed buildings and yellow for the existing one give this 3D printed model a clean and elegant look, and more importantly, present the ‘unique, minimalist, and monochrome’ essence of the design concept.
In addition, RJ Models mimicked the ambient surroundings, but without any gaudy detail, to avoid the 3D printed building complex sticking out from the structures surrounded while still remain the individualistic identity of the new building towers.
This 3D printed model is undoubtedly an incredible tool for real estate marketing activities as it provides visions and sensual experience that one can’t get from a digital screen or 2D image.
- Scale: 1:750
- Size: 1700x1700mm
- Production Time : 14 Days
SOM and CBT have jointly accomplished the masterplan of Lincoln Yards City.
As an important part of the Mayor of Chicago’s North Branch Framework Plan, this new development project aims to maximize the land utilization to further benefit local citizens, promote businesses and attract visitors.
More like a stereoscopic city map, this conceptual urban planning model of the future Lincoln Yards City was entirely 3D printed in PLA plastic to show a splendid future of the city, and to celebrate the site’s industrial past at the same time.
This 3D printed architectural model covers almost all the existing structures and related amenities, with a particular emphasis on the new planned district along the Chicago River.
The new developing area is quite conspicuous as RJ Models printed the structures within the block monochromatically white.
RJ Models kept the colors of this 3D printed architectural model to a minimum by representing the ordinary off-site context buildings with grey simplified volumes.
To truly bring the cityscape to life, rows of stylized neat miniature trees were placed to give this 3D printed city model an aesthetically pleasing look.
After being exhibited in the city’s exhibition center for some time, this 3D printed architectural model is now displayed in the client’s office to help the potential investors better understand the new vibrant urban development.
- Scale: 1:500
- Size: 850mm x 1400mm
- Production Time : 10 Days
RJ Models has been tasked with 3D printing the Pukou International Research and Development Park of Nanjing.
This 1:500 3D printed model is an enlarged version of the previously 1:1000 model. It was requested by SOM to further depict the key features of this new planned area and its potential for the city development.
This large-scale 3D printed model helps to confirm the role of Pukou International R&D Park at the very forefront of Nanjing’s rapidly changing.
Using monochrome materials, this conceptual 3D printed model was made in several separated parts and then joined together to form a complete display.
Obviously, the centerpiece of this 3D printed model is the super high-rise office building. Structurally, inspired by traditional Chinese ancient tower, the building façade integrates the cambered architectural elements, which were perfectly illustrated after have precisely 3D printed.
Different from the other conceptual scale model, this time, RJ Models installed LED lights and lights the building tower up from inside, to augments the interactivity, more importantly, to turn this 3D printed model into a powerful recognizable silhouette.
This 3D printed model helps the designers to communicate design concepts efficiently, and more straightforwardly. The final product turns the architectural design concept into reality and allows the viewers to comprehend the project in a more ideal way.
- Scale: 1:400
- Size: 2400mm x 1500mm
- Production Time : 14 Days
Planned to be constructed in the Easter Elchies estate and designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, the Edrington of Macallan new distillery would feature ‘one of the most complicated timber roof structures worldwide’.
The dramatic and awe-inspiring design idea came from the hilly landscape.
Since 3D printer can easily print curved rooflines and smooth surfaces, it has not been an arduous challenge for RJ Models to accurately 3D printing the unprecedented rooftop, which in reality, designed to be grass-covered and would comprise 380,000 individual components.
The contours were 3D printed and overlaid to match the exact elevations of the site.
The surrounding landscape was also emulated, with subtle white-painted trees inserted prudentially, to showcase how the new distillery will be accommodated on this sloping site.
With an immense amount of effort, RJ Models made use of several different 3D printers to substantially improve upon the already very fine detail that has been created in the previous 3D printed architectural models. And the outcome was quite amazing.
The accomplished 3D printed architectural model is unparalleled in its accuracy.
It offers the clients a unique way to present their architectural design from all angles and allows the viewers to gain perspective on the notable fluid roof structure.
- Scale: 1:100
- Size: 1500mm x 1500mm
- Production Time : 14 Days
Tasked with capturing the unique character of the club’s roof structure, while ensuring an aesthetic feel of the display effect, RJ Models selected 1:100 scale for this 3D printed model and painted it all white in spite of architectural models can be 3D printed in full-color.
RJ Models used white nylon plastic with a matte finish to print the model, with a wooden pedestal as a contrast. Water features were recreated to simulate depth and texture.
What is worth mentioning is that the slight grainy roof texture was painstakingly reproduced with the utilization of advanced 3D printing technology.
Without much redundant detail, this 3D printed model provides a clear illustration of the design concept as it allows the viewers to project themselves in the program.
The final 3D printed model is visually stunning and it is absolutely is a perfect way to attract investors, sponsors, and donors during project presentations, and once the project is underway to bring the public awareness.
- Scale: 1:50
- Size: 500mm x 500mm
- Production Time : 2 Days
A while ago RJ Models has been invited to 3D print a detailed presentation architectural model of a classic but innovative building structure for a project display.
It can be noticed from this 3D printed architectural model that the unique building roof, which looks like a flying handkerchief, was faithfully 3D printed to give the viewers a much more realistic and eye-catching representation, and saving the hours of work that creep into creating a traditional scale model.
The detail was the key to this project. Encourage elements such as figures were also 3D printed to create a more authentic appearance, and to provide a sense of dimensions.
This 3D printed architectural model was printed in several parts individually and later on fused altogether. And it can be assembled and taken apart easily to allow the designers, as well as the developers, to make adjustments easily, while helps the viewers to better understand the design idea effectively.
3D printing is particularly useful once the printout is made of complicated design elements.
Using the cutting-edge 3D printing techniques to achieve the building forms, RJ Models grasped the design nuances quite well and brought the architectural drawings to life in the most efficient and flexible manner.
- Scale: 1 : 500
- Size: 2000 x 1500mm
- Production Time : 1 Month
In an effort to showcase the open-mindedness design of the Qatar Petroleum Complex, SOM in Doha has commissioned RJ Models to create this 3D printed architectural model as an improved representation to demonstrate architectural details of the Qatar Petroleum headquarter project.
Aesthetically absorbing, the proposed office buildings have script configurations, which was inspired by the ribbon, and these unique building shapes make an absolutely stunning visual display while retaining a sense of cohesion with the surrounding environment.
Considering the clients has asked RJ Models to incorporate lighting in this 3D printed architectural model, modelers cut the model into several parts and printed each piece separately.
After reach the exhibition ground, these individual units were assembled scrupulously without any misalignments or gaps.
This 3D printed architectural model was painted yellowish brown to accentuate the arid desert environment, whilst added dynamic and interactive lighting elements helps to further highlight the unparalleled building facades and patterns.
Indigenous plants and attractive water features interspersed between buildings were revealed by nearly unitary miniature trees and high-performance acrylic, which has been back sprayed with blue tinted lacquer, to provide the viewer a neat visual aesthetic experience and a sense of intimacy.
The eventual 3D printed architectural model is truly a striking piece of work as it perfectly shows the essential design concept while reducing the manufacturing time and manpower.
- Scale: 1:2000
- Size: 6000x 4000mm
- Production Time : 30 Days
This 3D printed architectural model is definitely one of the most breathtaking urban planning models that RJ Models have made, in part due to its surprising amount of architectural detail and the unparalleled level of 3D printing accuracy.
For to purpose to comprehensively showcase the West Kowloon Cultural District key features, this 3D printed architectural model incorporates approximately all the symbolic structures and facilities being planned and under construction, such as the Xiqu Centre, the M+ Museum, the Lyric Theatre Complex and a 230,000m² Art Park, etc.
The developments and proposed buildings were 3D printed using high-quality resin with the assistance of the highest resolution desktop 3D printers and then sanded to create a crystal architectural appearance. With positioned LED lights illuminated from the bottom inside the buildings, and installed lighting along the waterfront and harbor-front promenades, RJ Models made a dynamic exaggeration of the new planned mixed-use area.
The existing structures of this 3D printed architectural model were represented by white plastic volumes to provide a relatively stand out contrast to the new development area, simultaneously, give the viewers a perception of the constructive evolution of the district.
This fantastic 3D printed architectural model involved an immense amount of effort of RJ modelers.
Gratifyingly, the completed masterpiece not only allows the viewers to look back at the district’s iconic skyline and the urban rhythm but also visually depicts what the world-class art and cultural hub will look like in the coming future.
- Scale: 1:1000
- Size: 1800mm x 1800mm x 500mm
- Production Time : 20 Days
Working closely with SOM, this 1:1000 conceptual model was 3D printed and used as a distinguished presentation tool for Hangzhou’s ‘the gate of green land’ urban planning efforts, which aims to explore the forward optimism and express the rich historical character of the city.
RJ Models has gathered CAD drawings and related Sketch-up models of some of the existing and new planning buildings and printed them in batches using stereolithographic 3D printing.
Eventually, the majority of the prominent landmark structures were 3D printed using inexpensive monochrome PLA, true to the general shape of the existing and designed building but without tedious details.
All the 3D printed architectural model components were printed in full color without any painting and support, which saves a significant amount of time and cost.
And these individual parts were finally assembled on a wooden platform after arrived at the destination.
And the plain cream color of the model helps showcase the city as a unified space.
Although the final 3D printed architectural model lacks subtle architectural design details, it is certainly an invaluable aid to make urban planning decisions and promote urban planning communication and strategy.
Furthermore, it well exemplifies 3D printing technology as an ideal way to simplify the architectural model making process.