June Model of the Month is a 3D Printed House used for Planning a New Home!
It is often said that moving house is one of the most stressful life events along with getting married and becoming a parent. All of these things however are also some of the happiest moments of your life and the stress involved is normally hidden in part by the excitement felt. The stress can also be alleviated in several ways, the most important of which is planning!
Planning a wedding for the most part is helped by the guidance of tradition and guidance from specialised venues who are accustomed to hosting such events; how the day unfolds, how the tables fit and how the timelines work. Planning a new house is altogether different as you are working with a blank canvas. While this is exciting the problem is you want to fill this canvas as soon as you can, you want to be ready to move in as soon as the contract is signed and to do this you need to have picked out furniture, appliances, carpets, tiles, paint… the list goes on.
To add to the difficulty of planning your new house you are seeing the furniture and appliances out of context in a showroom in an industrial estate and not in a room that is the same size as you own – so you need a lot of imagination and careful measuring. The last thing that you want to do is spend thousands on a suite of furniture with a 20-week lead time and then find out when you get the keys to your new house that it is too large for your room.
This is the situation I found myself in – all I had was a flat 2D drawing on a brochure of my house layout, I had a series of photographs I took on my phone when viewing a show house and I had notes made using a measuring tape, pen and paper. I took these drawings and measurements and converted them into a 3D model using SOLIDWORKS. I then took the SOLIDWORKS drawing into Mcor’s Orange Peel software and added textures and colours to replicate the tiles, carpet, and wood choices of my house. I could get a digital view of what the colours would look like together and once I was happy with the colour choices I sent the file to the Mcor 3D printer which allowed me to create a scaled model of the house that I could hold and view from different angles.
With this tool, I was also able to plan all the interior elements of the house during the 10 month wait until my house was ready! Furniture, colours, layout – all planned with the help of our model house. I took measurements of the furniture we liked in shops and created digital models of the sofas, coffee tables, kitchen units etc and printed them on the Mcor full colour 3D printer. This allowed us to move furniture around in our model house checking the space and flow of the rooms. Once happy with the furniture we felt safe enough to place an order for the items which meant that these items were ready for us once we got the keys! This way I was one step ahead of the process so when I got the keys to my house the interior was ready too – no more waiting for furniture orders etc
This physical model got myself and my partner more excited about becoming home owners but without the stress as our 3D model kept everything under control and helped every step of the way with planning. I highly recommend the use of full colour 3D printing for anyone buying a new home!