At Lopes Dias Arquitetura, we seek innovation through 3D printed conceptual models to complement plans, sections, elevations, as well as 3D videos and rendered images. This allows us to communicate our ideas and enhance the experience for our clients, partners and investors.

The biggest challenge for an architect is creating accurate designs, and 3D printing helps optimize this process by developing detailed models for a better understanding of design and functionality.

3D printing is a rapid prototyping process and a technology that allows for the creation of complex geometries not possible with previous methods. The 3D printing technology prints building models with high precision, good surface quality, and speed, transforming virtual 3D models into real 3D objects.
It is also a digital technology, which means there is no downtime between project revisions, making decisions and actions much easier to take at certain stages of the process. In other words, it is a family of processes that produces objects and/or spaces by adding material in layers that correspond to successive cross sections of a 3D model. This system helps in design decisions, facilitates visualization, and understanding of it.

Another important point is the reduction in the time required to build the model. Previously, it would take a few weeks to build a high-quality model, and if the project were more complex, it would take even longer.

3D printing makes the process of creating models much faster than traditional methods. The architect can design the model on the computer and send it directly to the printer, which will print the model in a matter of hours depending on the scale.

Moreover, our architects used to create scale models mainly from wood or foam. By using a 3D printer, which can easily print complex shapes, we greatly reduce the time it takes to make a model and adopt the benefits of new technologies such as laser cutting and printing, CNC, or 3D printing using ABS and PLA plastics, thus facilitating the creation of different options and project suggestions.
With 3D printing, it is possible to customize the models according to the client’s needs. Models can be created in different scales, with different materials and finishes.

If the client is not satisfied with the concept and presents modification suggestions, there is an enormous ease of editing and altering the project.

We immediately modify the 3D printing model during modeling with appropriate software and reprint. We can edit the model of the maquette at any time without starting from scratch. Just make the changes to the virtual model and print a new version of the maquette.

It becomes an indispensable tool in project presentations because the client can clearly analyze the model.

The construction of traditional maquettes or sketches usually takes a considerable amount of time to complete.

The use of 3D printing significantly reduces manual labor and saves time in constructing the physical model.

In addition, 3D-printed models are much lighter and easier to transport than traditional models, which are often heavy and bulky.

The technology bypasses all the measuring, cutting, gluing, and other manual work required to create a complete model.

This allows architects to have more time to focus on their project while the three-dimensional prototype can be executed in a matter of hours depending on the size and details of each project.

Our architects can verify corrections and improvements in the early stages of projects before starting construction, thus carrying out a low-cost architectural study to evaluate the flow of space, the overall structure, the volume, and how natural light travels in the building, bringing the model to life and improving the visual experience.
The use of 3D printing allows our architects to create and materialize their 3D design concepts, providing the model with an appropriate scale to make it understandable and convenient for expressing the concept, testing different scenarios, simulating different lighting, and exploring different finishing options. This helps the architect to have a clearer idea of how the project will look in reality.

This technology faithfully prints the models created in software such as Revit, 3ds Max, and SketchUp, where it would normally be a challenge to create these details accurately by hand in traditional methods but can be easily achieved with 3D printing.

3D printing is a technology that has become increasingly popular in architecture, offering several advantages for the creation of models. It is another fundamental tool for visualizing architectural projects since any error can compromise the functionality and aesthetics of the construction.