3D printing has changed the nature of model making. From the processes employed to the materials used, 3D printing and additive manufacturing enable the creation of complex, highly accurate scale models complete down to the finest details – and all from the click of a button.
Model makers that have traditionally required accurate scale and detail models we’ve all heard about:
- Design engineers (who require scale models to test fit, form and function for a part or product before it goes on the production line),
- Architects (who use a scale model to both evaluate and then market a particular architectural design concept),
- Filmmakers (who build scale models to help plan a set or series of complex scenes in a film),
- Marketing and sales teams (who use a scale prototype model to communicate, promote and sell products that haven’t entered production yet – especially large heavy products such as defense and automotive systems).
3D printing has been a major part of these sectors’ workflow process for some years now. But a more recent development, aided in part by falling prices and the greater availability of high-end 3D printing capabilities, is the rise of the amateur or hobbyist model maker.