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RapidPro commissioned to produce The McCraith House’s scaled architectural model

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With the recent technology in rapid prototyping, architectural models can now be created by a faster and more dimensionally accurate means. RapidPro has experience in making architectural models out of plaster or plastic that is accurate to 0.2 mm.

RapidPro was recently commissioned to produce a scaled architectural model of The McCraith House for the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery exhibition, House on the Hill.

The exhibition used the RapidPro architectural model as one of its central exhibits, along with original slide film and sketches. The model was of a 1950s iconic house in Dromana, Victoria, designed by architect Gerald McCraith. The uniqueness of the house’s design would have made for costly and painstaking work with a traditional architectural model, but with rapid prototyping, the results were aesthetically appealing and accurate.

The brief was pretty straight forward from curator Rodney James, scale (the model measures 650*250*340mm), timing and a tight budget. RapidPro used original photographs and plans to generate a 3D CAD model, which was used for design sign-off, prior to commencing manufacture of the architectural model. The 3D CAD has also become part of the exhibition projected onto an adjacent wall. The digital representation dynamically rotates to show various perspectives of the house.

The house has been a prominent landmark since it was designed by architects David Chancellor and Rex Patrick in 1955. With its cutting edge design and ground breaking structural engineering, the Butterfly House caused a sensation when built as a beachside weekender in 1956. The Butterfly House’s creation is now regarded as a pivotal moment in Australian Architecture & its 50-year anniversary is being celebrated in this new exhibition.

Compared to traditional model making practices, RapidPro has adopted its 3D printing process to produce architectural models which are accurate, versatile and manufactured in hours, not weeks, allowing designers to produce a range of models or component parts quickly and cost-effectively as direct output from 3D software applications.

Communication of complex forms and designs are improved with the ability to show:

  • Topography via a physical full-colour model.
  • Proposed designs, and how they will influence and interact with an existing landscape or cityscape.
  • Basic roads, driveways and pools, landscaping (even furniture).
  • Models in full colour and fully textured.

Architectural applications include:

  • Massing model/residential
  • Presentation model/residential
  • Commercial models
  • Aerial photograph model

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