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The transition from physical to virtual tools has been in the works for years. Some architects at the very first stages of design may still use hand-drawn plans, but most have turned to computer-assisted technologies—and, more recently, computer-generated models—for rendering, printing models, and yes, bringing them to life. Modeling software not only makes it possible to visualize the spaces but it lets architects plan—and change—electric, plumbing, heat, and ventilating systems as needed by the project. Plus, virtual reality technology lets the user be there—fully inside of a proposed project. Printing capabilities are quickly advancing too, with everything from small construction elements, to pedestrian bridges to houses, coming out of a 3D printer. Check out the story on Europe’s first 3D printed house.
Watch Danish architects talk about 3D concrete printing.

3D software will be part of your tool box

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BIM lets you make changes in 3D, with those changes reflected across the entire project.

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Complicated concept models can be printed in 3D

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3D Printing

3D printed houses, bridges and, yes, architectural sculpture. ETH Zurich’s “Concrete Choreography,” in Riom, Switzerland, is a first in a robotically 3D printed concrete stage, featuring columns made without formwork—all completed in less than three hours.
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3D printed houses, bridges and, yes, architectural sculpture. ETH Zurich’s “Concrete Choreography,” in Riom, Switzerland, is a first in a robotically 3D printed concrete stage, featuring columns made without formwork—all completed in less than 3 hours.
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