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Architectural Scale Models

Clean TeQ is a leader in metals recovery and industrial water treatment.  As part of a water treatment plant tender, Clean TeQ required more than just computer renderings to communicate the design of their facility.

Reaching out to locally based 3D printing bureau, GoProto ANZ, the team was able to work with the supplied CAD files and recreate a detailed scaled model, right down to the stairwells and railings.

Process

Typically, Stereolithography (SLA) is most often used in delivering intricate, detailed models.  However for this project, it was going to be difficult to fabricate the complex shapes in minute detail and still retain enough strength to survive transport and client presentations.  A secondary issue was that SLA technology uses fine support structures during the build process, which would have resulted in intensive labour to finish the model to a high level.

Using Multi-Jet Fusion (MJF) technology, GoProto was able to overcome these difficulties with PA12 powder material, capable of reproducing fine detailed parts, that are durable, smooth to touch and quicker to finish – it’s also ideal for painting.

Result

MJF 3D printing technology overcame a number of issues that have hindered the architectural modelling industry for years.

Clean TeQ appreciated the results of bringing a complex digital model to life, providing them with an invaluable communication tool in a very short span of time.  Whilst, at the early stages of the project, some additional CAD work was required to ensure all details would reproduce.  No other 3D printing process would have been feasible in achieving the same result.

Material & Finish

  • PA12 nylon.
  • Bead blasted.
  • Undercoated.
  • Painted with 2K paint system.

Advantages of MJF

  • Smooth surface finish.
  • Fine feature detail reproduction.
  • Durable PA12 Nylon material.
  • Easy post processing.