3D printing helping to make grand plans come alive
“Mcor Technologies really helped us to showcase our plans. The finished 3D building model really wowed our clients. Our company has definitely seen the benefits of collaborating with an innovative 3D printing manufacturer.”
– John Barrett, Netwatch.
Winning new business is at the forefront of many business owners’ minds. Often, to do this, the company offering a product or service requires a tangible object to present to their prospective clients. When it comes to proposing plans for new buildings, 3D digital models and animations help greatly, but standing around a 3D physical model tops everything. It allows for greater communication between company and client and ensures that the client gets a clear idea of plans before they are set in place. Sometimes, people really do need to see the proposed building in three physical dimensions – even if is a scaled-down version of what is being proposed.
Mcor, in a collaboration with Carlow-based remote visual surveillance company, Netwatch, 3D printed an expanded version of a premises in order to show prospective clients how much the business is expanding in a bid to win new business.
John Barrett, Netwatch’s Technical Sales Specialist, approached Mcor about printing a scaled presentation model of their recently expanded premises in a bid to impress prospective clients and win new business. “We meet prospective clients regularly so being able to produce a physical object for them to hold in their hands is ideal for us – that’s why we turned to Mcor Technologies”, says John.
Netwatch deploy the most advanced video processing technologies to proactively monitor and protect their clients’ properties and assets. Netwatch is unique as it proactively protects properties using live audio warnings to ward off intruders. Intervention Specialists direct operations remotely from the Netwatch Communication Hub, visually verifying the intruders and intervene as soon as security is breached by verbally alerting the intruders they are being watched with a personalised warning. In the majority of cases, intruders flee the scene upon hearing the audio warning – preventing the crime from ever taking place. In all other circumstances, the authorities are notified and the Intervention Specialists are able to give them insight into the situation before they arrive. Since 2003, Netwatch has prevented more than 40,000 crimes and currently monitor in excess of 33,000 cameras across the globe.
Netwatch provided the 2D architectural drawing and Mcor set about converting it to 3D using a CAD package. The scale was 1:100. As the building was going to be quite large when printed, it first had to be split into several sections. Mcor used DeskArtes’ 3D printing prepping software which not only splits the model but also incorporates dowel pins so that the model could be easily fitted together once the model was fully printed. Then, colour was applied using Mcor’s own ColourIT software. Adding photorealistic colour on a model like this adds so much detail compared to a mono 3D model. The model is truly brought to life – from the tiled roof to the texture on the walls.
3D printing helps win new business and more
For Netwatch Mcor’s tech was the obvious choice for this application because of its full colour capabilities. But not only that a model of this scale can be produced at a huge cost saving: Mcor’s 3D printers create durable and stable physical 3D models from paper at 10-20% the cost of any other 3D printing technology and this is very notable on a model of this size. Mcor’s unique technology is very suitable for printing large architectural pieces like this one which can be used for winning new business or obtaining planning permission from a local authority.
And because the model is printed in sections this facilitates further manipulation of the design and the ability to present several different options to prospective clients. Also, if a mistake is made, simply recycle the unwanted part and start again. A huge amount of time and money can be saved on prototype creation when printing on a Mcor 3D printer.
A 3D model like the Netwatch building can also be used as a communication tool and forms the basis for further discussion as it enhances understanding of how everything fits together and how the building looks from different angles.
3D printing is an extremely useful method for producing large scale architectural models of this nature and Mcor’s unique technology makes it more accessible to companies wishing to win new business by providing a low-cost full colour solution.