Exploring the versatility of laser machines for architectural models

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Making models is a long established and key part of the architectural process. It allows both the architect and client to get a three-dimensional impression of what the finished project will look like. Even with the advent of computerised 3D rendering, the model has remained an essential part of the process.

Of course, model making at scale, with a high degree of accuracy is a skill in itself, taking a high level of precision and materials knowledge to get right. It often requires using various different materials within the same build and making multiple incisions for doors and windows at a small scale. All of which means architects are increasingly turning to laser cutters to assist in the model making process. Below you can find five very good reasons why laser cutters have become an essential tool in both the architect and model maker’s toolbox.

Precision models

Laser cutters can help you to create highly detailed and accurate architectural models for effective design visualisation. Even when creating very intricate or small-scale models, the high level of precision cutting across a range of materials can help to visualise even the finer details of the architectural design, such as angled window recesses, door and window frames, and more.

Custom components

Architects love to include unique architectural elements in their designs, which can often be difficult to explain or demonstrate to clients in two dimensions. They can be similarly tricky to render using traditional model making techniques. These can include design elements such as façade panels and railings. However, using a laser cutting machine for architectural models can allow model architecture to feature even the most delicate and intricate of designs.

Quick prototyping

Model making may be required at various stages throughout the design process, both to update designs to latest versions and to demonstrate changes to clients. Traditional model making is highly skilled but can take time. Laser cutting enables architects to iterate and refine design concepts rapidly.

Parametric design

Architecture can often feature highly patterned designs which have been traditionally difficult to render on three dimensional models. However, they can now use laser cutting to generate complex, dynamic patterns and forms, even over larger areas. This helps to create more accurate and articulate designs without losing anything during the scaling down process required for models.

Material exploration

A laser cutter for architects allows them to experiment with various materials for construction and aesthetics, even at smaller scale. This can be very useful in terms of understanding how a pattern will work on a specific material, or how a material might respond to different processes at scale.

A laser cut architectural model can be an essential tool of the trade for architects, development companies and more. Designers and model makers can now make use of the latest laser cutting technology to create stunningly accurate models, including patterns and unique design features, even at smaller scales. To find out more about how they could help you achieve more accurate models, browse our lasers or get in touch with our team to find out more about what we do.

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