The Landscape Institute Member Network
3D printing is becoming more accessible as an approach to creating architectural models. The cheapest printers (below £800) are helpful for experimenting with the technology and there are dedicated 3D print shops which, supplied with an .stl file, e.g. from Sketchup, can fabricate larger models.
Is this something you know has been used by landscape practices to demonstrate concepts to clients or the public? It would be good to share some case studies.
I understand the relevance for space engineering and miniature engineering/architectural work but I have not come across any relevant 3D printing for landscape architects.
I have witnessed the 'prints' but, sadly, the results were similar to the free gifts you used to get in corn flakes packets...
Is this currently perhaps a white elephant for Landscape Architecture?
It is early days, certainly but see http://www.hobsrepro.com/construction/architectural-model-making/
Hi Simon, Michael,
There was something recently advertised by the LI (via twitter) on 3D printing and its potential value for Landscape Architects (e.g. in creating bespoke outdoor furniture). I also heard that some one had made a real-life sized house out of 3D printing! I personally (currently) have know idea how it all works but I was interested in the potential benefit for landscape and ecological use too (eg. bird boxes). It will be interesting how it develops.
Simon Odell CMLI (LI staff) said:
Missed this before. A 3-D miniature garden show - but not just a gimmick it seems:
Encouraging article based on work by ASLA: