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Print 3D Models of Architecture - Best Practices

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, Feb 23, 2015 @ 10:30 AM

Over millennia, architects have been motivated to produce physical models of their creations. This is obvious as various artistic renderings has been excavated at archeological sites, some of which are estimated to be thousands of years old. However, it was during the Renaissance Period when Leon Battista Alberti first documented the use of models for study and analysis. Since then, the model making methods have no doubt changed, but the premise remains the same. Luckily today, the technology exists to simply print 3D models of architecture from a digital file.

Make no mistake, while 3D printing is incredible, some effort is still required. We have not quite reached the "microwave stage" where a user can send a print and simply collect their final product --like a microwaved hot beverage. But, we are pretty close. There are a few manipulations that need to happen first.

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Tags: 3D Systems, AEC, 3D printer

Compelling Reasons to Print BIM Files in Color, Not Monochrome

Posted by Donnie Schopp on Wed, Jan 21, 2015 @ 09:30 AM

Architectural design is something that is ever evolving. One changing aspect, that has completely redefined the design-build process, is BIM software (Building Information Modeling). AutoDesk defines BIM as “an intelligent model-based process that provides insight to help you plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure.” This collaborative software is now allowing architects, engineers, and contractors to work together in new exciting ways. But, a paradigm shift always forces other changes. One significant change as a result of BIM is the necessity to print construction plans in full color rather than monochrome.

To explore this further, Lyra Research, Inc. (Now Photizo Group) conducted a study that focused on inadequate collaboration in the design-build process. They strived to find ways to reduce construction costs and in doing so, they made a remarkable discovery. AEC companies can actually save money if they print BIM files in color.

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Tags: Wide format plotters, AEC, BIM

Plotter Technology Comparison – Toner vs Inkjet (Updated)

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, Nov 24, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

The comparison between which wide-format plotter technology is better, toner or ink jet, has been questioned among companies looking for new equipment for years. Historically, this has been relatively easy to examine. The cost of ink jet printing is higher, but the price of the toner-based equipment was more expensive than their ink jet counterparts. After some calculations, the break-even point was determined at about 2,000 square feet per month of print volume. However, the playing field has changed. Ink prices have dropped and some ink jet systems have gotten faster. So, how do the two plotter technologies compare now?

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Tags: Wide format plotters, AEC

Top Reasons for Wide Format Printers for Construction Subcontractors

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Wed, Oct 22, 2014 @ 07:30 AM

When it comes to construction projects, Subcontractors (Subs) are the heart and soul of any job. General Contractors and Architects rely on their Subs (HVAC, plumbing, lighting, electrical, concrete, etc.) to complete the project on time and under budget. So, efficiency and productivity are the keys to subcontractor success. But, it is a changing world and some subcontractors have issues adapting to some of the shifting business dynamics within the construction industry.

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Tags: Construction plans, Wide format plotters, AEC

Open BIM Technology: Advantages for the AEC Industry - Guest Blog

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Thu, Jan 10, 2013 @ 08:18 AM

According to McGraw-Hill Construction’s 2012 SmartMarket Report, more than 36 percent of contractors, architects and engineers are using Building Information Modeling (BIM) in Western Europe. In comparison, North America shows a higher rate of BIM adoption, with around 49 percent of construction professionals already having adopted this technology as of 2009. On the whole, the use of BIM technology in the AEC industry is on the upsurge.

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Tags: AEC, BIM

Use BIM Technology to Gain Efficiency in the Rising Housing Market

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Thu, Jun 28, 2012 @ 06:50 AM

Bim Technology - Guest Blog Article 

Eureka Tower in Melbourne Australia, the ninth tallest residential tower in the world standing 297 metre tall, is the live and breathtakingly remarkable example of BIM technology. Eureka Tower was one of the very few residential construction projects, which fully embraced the BIM approach. BIM technology acts as a design and visualization tool to aid architects, designers, contractors, engineers, and owners achieve better co-ordination and decision making. These benefits are not restricted to just commercial construction projects with complex geometry. Even residential projects can benefit from improved design, construction, documentation, marketing and maintenance processes of BIM technology. Also, a huge chunk of the residential sector is served by regional or local builders and contractors functioning as integrated design and build companies. Since these builders are the ones who absorb all the costs associated with a construction project, they are in a better position to lead the adoption of innovative technologies, such as BIM, which greatly enhances productivity and efficiency while fostering collaboration. However, builders cannot be expected to single-handedly tread on this path unless they are conscious of the latent value of BIM and what it can do for their business.

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Tags: AEC, BIM

Best Uses for the Top 5 Canon WideFormat Printers

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, May 03, 2011 @ 09:11 AM

The other day I was chatting with a customer about some of the new Canon iPF printers.  During this conversation, she asked me what I thought were the top 5 models. Naturally, I couldn’t just spit out an answer because it is not that simple. But, it did get me thinking.

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Tags: Canon iPF plotters, Wide format plotters, AEC

What does an Oce Colorwave 300 cost?

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Sun, Jan 16, 2011 @ 09:54 PM

No matter what wide-format system I'm discussing with a client, I always get asked, "How much does it cost to run it?" First of all, the answer to that question is not always cut and dry. There are many variables to consider such as the types of files printed and the expected print volume.

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Tags: color printing, Wide format plotters, AEC

iPF605 Reintroduced - Canon 4 Color Plotter

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Dec 07, 2010 @ 10:15 AM

Canon's Large Format Printer Division is pleased to announce the reintroduction of imagePROGRAF iPF605, an affordable desktop solution designed to support the printing needs of technical document users working with CAD, GIS, and AEC applications as well as users in general office environments. Aimed to be an affordable solution for personal and small workgroup users producing large format technical drawings, the streamlined iPF605 is offered as a desktop model, without a cassette tray for a minimized footprint. Now with the option to pair the printer with a large format stand, the iPF605 represents a versatile large format printing solution.

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Tags: color printing, Wide format plotters, AEC

Line Drawings are an Endangered Species - plotters scanners

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Nov 23, 2010 @ 06:03 AM

Here's a great blog article that I ran across lately from the Oce website. It really hits home with some of the conversations that I have been having lately with my clients regarding the power of the Oce Colorwave 300.

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Tags: color printing, Wide format plotters, AEC

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