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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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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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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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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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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New T2300 HP Plotter for Sale - But Who's Buying?

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Sun, Oct 03, 2010 @ 12:27 AM

I recently discovered this tweet:

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Be Careful With Used Plotter Printers Bought Online

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Sep 14, 2010 @ 10:58 PM

Just ask your company's IT person where they like to shop for new gear, and chances are Ebay, Craigslist, or another online site will be mentioned. True, there are some great deals out there to be had on the used market, but there are some pitfalls to be aware of to make sure that you avoid them.

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How to pick a plotter

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Fri, Aug 27, 2010 @ 08:23 PM

Self Questions To Ask to Pick a Plotter


I often get asked, "What is the best way to pick out a plotter?" That is the type of question that would result in 100 different answers if you asked 100 different people. For instance, you'll find that there are many users who are loyal to a particular brand. A few years ago, you could throw a rock and hit any random HP Designjet out there. But, the market has changed and there many more choices--further exasperating the decision making process. 

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