If you visit Melbourne's Southbank Boulevard you could not miss the new building of the Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC) theatre.
Architects Ashton Raggatt McDougall (ARM) used a revolutionary 3D printing technology to showcase the building’s unique design.
They commissioned ARRK to build a rapid prototype model deploying the most advanced 3D printing technology available - Objet Connex500 3D printing system.
Howard Raggatt, a Director at ARM, describes his experience working with ARRK : “We've used rapid prototyping in the past as a quick and accurate way to present design work. ARM's work often involves complex form which is difficult and time consuming to reproduce with traditional modelling techniques. We recently sent a batch of rapid prototype models to be displayed at the Australian exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale; ARRK were invaluable in that process”.
Mr. Raggatt goes on to say: “The new technology that allows us to print multiple materials simultaneously on the Objet Connex500 has opened up a new dimension for us. The design for the MTC involves an optical illusion that relies on the contrast of materials; we can now reproduce the impact of this affect with rapid prototyping at a scale and level of detail otherwise impossible. The durability of the model also allows us to take it to clients or send off to exhibitions without worrying if it is going to make it in one piece”.
Gone are the days when architects needed to wait weeks or even months in order to view a physical 3D model of their design. Today, utilising Rapid Prototyping* technologies, offered by ARRK, such models can be created in a matter of days and even hours.
*Rapid prototyping is a digital modelling process that generates quick prototypes by constructing an additive layer-by-layer process that is driven by 3D CAD data. Traditionally, Rapid prototyping is used by engineers and designers to better understand and communicate their product designs before committing to production. With the advanced possibilities available today more and more architectural firms are utilising this technology to produce presentable physical models.