Below are a couple of lessons that we have learnt along the way:

  • think carefully before splurging on a 3d printer, e.g. where does it fit into your workflow and what are your expectations (rough design iterations vs. detailed presentation models);
  • the 3d printing process is slow, i.e. a more or less talented model maker / student with the right tools can achieve similar results with better materials in a similar time;
  • most 3d printers require a simplified version of your BIM model, before it can be printed properly on a 3d printer;
  • do you have a workshop or model making area with the right tools to post process the 3d prints;

Which brings us to what we think is currently the best and relatively affordable 3d printer setup – be prepared for some tinkering…