Our 3D Print Solutions

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We use our years of experience working in the architectural sector to help clients realise the best possible 3D model for your project.

That’s why we offer a full range of 3D print and hand-finishing solutions to ensure our model production methods are flexible enough for the simplest to the most challenging projects.

Our team of 3D printing technicians are always on hand to advise you which processes are most suitable for your project’s finish, timescale and budget.

 
 

 

ColourJet
Printing

ColourJet or Gypsum Powder Printing, glues one layer (0.1mm) of powder at a time, infusing colour as it goes.

CJP Powder 3D Printed Model Facade

Selective Laser
Sintering

SLS uses a laser to fuse a powdered material (typically of nylon) into solid (0.1mm) layers building up a solid model

SLS Context 3D Printed Model

Stereo-
Lithography

Stereolithography Printing uses a UV laser to individually cure layers of resin (0.1 mm), building one on top of the other.

SLA Resin 3D Printed Context Model

Maximum Print Volumes

3D Printer Bed Volume

CJP MAX PRINT VOLUME

250mm (w) x 380mm (l) x 200mm (h)

SLS MAX PRINT VOLUME

230mm (w) x 190mm (l) x 300mm (h)

SLA MAX PRINT VOLUME

800 (w) x 800mm (l) x 600mm (h)


CJP SPEED

Powder Printing is a fast and efficient way to communicate designs at all scales.

28mm an hour

SLS SPEED

SLS printing is our fastest printing technology (but only slightly faster than CJP printing).

30mm an hour

SLA SPEED

SLA is a slower technology than both CJP and SLS.

20mm an hour


CJP TEXTURE

The sandstone texture of the CJP finish is an attraction for some and a deterrent for others (who instead preference the smoother finish of SLS or SLA printing).

SLS TEXTURE

SLS printing is similar to CJP in its resolution, but a smoother surface finish is possible with less noticeable layer stratification.

SLA TEXTURE

SLA produces a smooth surface that is easily sanded to remove any blemishes and be spray coated.


CJP COLOUR

Full Colour Powder printing offers the benefit of producing full range of CMYK colour and textures, directly in the printing process as per your design files.

It is the quickest and most economic printing method to deliver full colour models.

SLS COLOUR

Brilliant white

Carbon black Additional cost to dye the SLS print this colour.

SlA COLOUR

Almost clear Raw SLA prints are plastic, almost transparent parts.

Single colour The models are easily spray finished in a colour RAL colour of your choice.

Multiple colours Or realistic finishes can be added to meet your brief with a little extra attention in the finishing stages.


CJP PROS

Quick

Full colour capabilities

Texture Gives natural, stone-like effect.

SLS PROS

Quick

Flexible Intricate and detailed model parts can be created without build supports (as would be the case in SLA).

Brilliant white Model is presentable in raw colour.

SLA PROS

Build size SLA offers the largest single build volume.

Strength Can support larger and more complex structures.

Durability Can take more interaction than other materials.

Finish Smoothest surface finish that takes well to colour spray coating.


CJP CONS

Texture Can be too coarse for some.

Fragile Can damage if not handled with care.

SLS CONS

Warping Larger pieces are at risk of warping so it’s best to keep SLS parts small.

Colour choice Only available in brilliant white and charcoal black.

SLA CONS

Additional time

Additional cost If spray finishing.

Discolouration When left in direct sunlight for prolonged periods, if not spray coated.


CJP Perfect Use

Context models

Plugs

Full colour/textured models

SLS Perfect Use

Individual buildings

Quick concept models

Small detailed features (e.g. staircases)

SLA Perfect Use

High resolution models

Detailed facades

Interactive models

Competition models


Notes

If you have prints that exceed the maximum build size we can split your model over multiple builds.

All care is taken to conceal the split lines where possible.

If you'd like to know more please get in touch via

Our Concact Form

Interactive models

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We like to ensure that our models offer maximum utility - creating a site plug in the initial model allows you to print numerous updates as the design evolves. Your model therefore becomes an efficient design tool, documenting the narrative of the project’s development.

Each additional plug adds to the material used and therefore the cost of the model will also increase proportionally.

 
 
 
3D Printed Site Model - SLA Resin
3D Printed Site Model SLA Resin with Plug