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The Not Yet So Obvious Benefits of 3D Modeling for 3D Printing
3D printing technology makes progress every day. It reaches more and more areas in our lives. In the years to come, it will be a common thing to get something through a 3D printing service. Today I would like to spark a new idea in your mind and the mind of your children.
3D printing just a few years from now
Imagine for a minute your kids have grown up a little bit. You are about to build a new house in the countryside, on the seaside or in the mountain (or anywhere else you would like to have your new house). You are having a meeting with your architect to decide how to design your house. He tells you all the requirements for energy efficiency, comfort and safety. Suddenly, he looks at your child and asks him:
“Do you know how to create 3D model for 3D printing?”
You are surprised. The architect goes on:
“As you probably know, building technology has improved greatly these last years. I was wondering if your child could design his own living area, so we can 3D print his model for him. You too could model some parts of your house to make it unique.”
Now, dear parents, you have two possible situations:
Situation 1: Your child and/or yourself have never created anything in 3D. Needless to say, something specifically for 3D printing.
Situation 2: Your child and you have already practiced several times 3D modelling for 3D printing. You had lots of fun and have already several Family Made 3D printed objects at home.
In which situation would you like to be? 1 or 2? I would personally prefer the second situation.
Maybe you are telling yourself:
“Patrick is a nice guy, but it will be long before we can do this kind of thing, like modeling all or parts of our living area.”
Really? Think about it. Building constraints have considerably changed. New concrete allows funny shapes as strong and durable as reinforced concrete without iron rods. 3D printing technologies specifically for the building industry are popping all around the world. They progress quickly. Sooner than you think, you will be able to 3D print the house of your dream.
My advice for today
Begin as soon as possible to think about your new house in the shape of a concert grand piano or the shape of a delicious mango.