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Monday, April 12, 2010

Paper or plastic? BIM Models

Welcome to the world of blogging Brooke.  This is her sixth post and I thought I'd share it with you so you can pressure her to make lots more blog posts every day.

I'd like to thank her for her 4th post ever [2010-03-12 Top 10 Architecture Blogs] where I come in at #7.  Brooke, I appreciate you put me on the list.  Please be sure to visit her blog, especially post #4!!!!!

7. Revit3D: For all you Revit users out there! Gregory Arkin, Revit evangelist, shares his knowledge with tips and advice on using the Revit software.
So, paper or plastic?  Do you give your client a set of blueprints or a model of their building?  Don't you just love where the AEC industry is heading when a reprographics company is blogging about models?  What is this world coming to?  Just another episode of the BIMuda Triangle.

If you're in California, be sure to give Professional Reprographic Services a call and your business: 16902 Von Karman Ave. Suite B. Irvine, CA 92606  t/949.748.5400

Source: http://blog.proreproserv.com/post/2010/02/18/The-Marriage-of-3-D-Printing-and-BIM.aspx

by Brooke Sanders 18. February 2010 14:33

“Revit Renovatio”
By: Justin Davis
The relationship between Revit and 3-D printing has proven its potential for generating a worthwhile Architectural model.  Autodesk began supporting, with the release of Revit Architecture 2010, a plug-in that outputs the .STL (Stereo Lithography) file format that is commonly used in 3-D printing and rapid prototyping.
Even though the potential for 3-D printing from Revit exists, that isn’t to say that the “art-form” of 3-D printing has lost any of its “artsy-ness”. Although, the industry would like to be able to simply output an .STL file from Revit, hit the print button, and get results – that is often times not the case. However, with the right tools and file preparation process, 3-D printing a Revit architecture file can yield some favorable results.
Architectural form, typically, is easily translated from three dimensional space into a three dimensional model. The difficulty in printing an architectural model lies in the details; “the devil is in the details”. Interpolating and translating architectural details from a BIM modeler such as Revit requires a simplification process that must be approached with the utmost care so as not to destroy any of the Architect’s vision. It is at this point that 3-D printing becomes an art.
The following model was created in Revit entirely from “scratch” in roughly ten hours using a set of not-to-scale plans and hand sketched exterior elevations. Some input was provided by the architect via telephone the following was achieved.

Even though the timeframe wasn’t ideal this model project was started on a Friday morning and the model was delivered the following Monday. The model printed over the weekend. Allowed more time, imagine the possibilities of this technology.

Original: The Marriage of 3-D Printing and BIM


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