Can you imagine the look on your clients face when you literally hand them a prototype of their project that has been 3D printed. I don’t have to imagine it any more because not only is the technology here, it’s about as easy as upload and click!
Recently one of my clients had asked for some renderings of a carriage house they had put on hold for a few years. The plans had been drawn but they hadn’t made any steps towards building it. When they asked for a renderings to put on their vision board, I decided to give them that and much more.
You might be asking “What is 3D Printing?” Quite simply, 3D printing is a printer that deposits layers of material to form a 3D image or model. With this technology, design possibilities are limitless. Soon the novelty will wear off, but for now it’s really fun blowing people’s minds with this. I hope you get a chance to do it soon too.
Here are the steps you can take today!
1. Start with a design. My clients already had the digital AutoCAD files, so this was a breeze for me. If you don’t have any plans yet, make sure they are drawn in a program that can export the files into another file type. The safe ones to use are AutoCAD and Google Sketchup, but there are definitely others.
2. Adjust your file to make it ready for print. Your plan needs to be closed or what the industry call’s “water tight”, but it also needs a way for the supporting material to drop out after printing. When I first uploaded the file and received the pricing, it was very expensive due to its size, and “solid” design. I ended up with an open bottom model, size about 6″ x 4″. For a few more tips, click here.
3. Upload, click, and smile. It’s really that easy. I used Shapeways.com and was very pleased. You receive a price immediately, and shipping is very straight forward. It took about two weeks to receive the model, which I am sure will start to get faster. After uploading, then its time to smile because you know you are absolutely going to blow your clients mind.
When working within any field where you want outstanding results, the bar needs to be raised continuously. For me, providing a 3D model hopefully provided the necessary nudge for our clients to move forward. At least when your client’s friends and associates see the model, there is an easy link back to you. This technology helps our clients visualize their project, and lets us stand above the crowd. I’ll leave you with a picture of my client holding the model and visualizing its location.