MATT Architecture: Rapid model making with 3D printing – Ultimaker: 3D Printing Story

MATT Architecture: Rapid model making with 3D printing – Ultimaker: 3D Printing Story

My name is Daniel, I’m an architectural assistant
at MATT Architecture, based in central London and we use 3D printing in a whole range of applications
to translate our ideas into build form MATT’s quite a young company.
We do a whole range of work from bespoke residential work to
commercial developments We’re quite a fun company and we’re just enjoying the process of designing
and delivering buildings at the moment Part of our mission statement or company ethos is to unlock the potential of difficult sites through
fun and inclusive architecture In the past, in my old job, we would have made
models by hand just cutting the paper, cutting card It’s great for capturing ideas but when it comes to developing complex shapes,
complex geometry, it’s really labour-intensive So for something like this, for example, we would have
cut out all the floor plans, all the facades we would have to work out all the geometries
and fold the card and even then it wouldn’t have been very sturdy so we were kind of limited, in a way By the time I come to MATT in 2013, desktop 3D printing
was already starting to become kind of available and Matt actually funded a Kickstarter 3D printer
that we were trying to use in the office so that’s how we started to use it here I’m working on a project called Ilona Rose House, and it’s
a large mixed-use redevelopment in central London and that’s a model that we worked with through the
planning process, to show the building in its context and that’s actually a traditional architectural model;
quite expensive, takes a long time to produce and we found we needed to reiterate the design
quite a lot of times so the 3D printer was super useful for being able to
produce cheap but really beautiful massing proposals to show the planners and engage them
in the planning process and we just print it in a filament which has wood
embedded in it, so we can achieve a really similar look The real advantage of Ultimaker for us has been the
speed that it can print at, but also the reliability and this is one where we 3D printed at 1-to-1 the pattern
that we want to have on the building’s facade so the green and the yellow are 3D printed pieces
and the white are cast from this central green piece and this lets us then cast a mold a flexible, silicone mold and then produce a tile which is really useful to talk to manufacturers about
the finish we’re trying to achieve but also to show the client
the vision we have for the build We’ve designed all the facade pieces we’re going
to then take a mold of and then cast This is another example of how we just reintegrate
3D printing with traditional techniques So here we are, at the site of the
Ilona Rose House project These 3 buildings on the corner here, going all the way
back to that road are all to be demolished to make way for the project we’re
designing on at the moment That model of the corner you were just seeing is actually
this corner here, which marks the entrance into Soho so it’s really important for the project
and really important for us and this facade pattern we’ve been working on
will be applied to the building all along here and on that street there We find that, when we make models
it really engages the client A lot of what we do is quite technical, like producing
technical drawings When you show someone a technical drawing, they
don’t really engage with that but when you show someone a model and suddenly
they can pick it up and look around it I think it’s a way we engage people
with the ideas we’re trying to pursue That’s what we’re trying to do

About the Author: Michael Flood


  1. This is a brilliant video – we are just about to invest in an Ultimaker 3 for our Primary School.
    I really love the idea of kids being able to take a sketch as they did with the facade design and draw over the top of it with the CAD software. What CAD software were they using in that part of the video?

  2. My name is Favour anf I'm a 200 level student of architecture… This video is great, I don rt know if I could be getting little tips on how to progress faster in my course, I will be looking forward for your reply

  3. hey, whats the material used at 3:35? the terracotta coloured material? its perfect for something im working on right now

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