An architect’s drawings may be very detailed but still can’t be perfect, finished building will always differ slightly for example. Also an architect’s drawings mean little to anyone who isn’t an architect and it can be hard for a client to visualize a finished project.
Often architecture firms will have detailed models of developments built to help clients and other stakeholders to visualize a building and to help with promoting a development both for sales purposes and also often to convince the local community and council of a development’s merits.
Still though 3D technology including 3D printing services are improving the quality and accuracy of these models, as well as the cost; also the use of digital models is aiding architects themselves and again the clients and stakeholders. 3D scanning is also being used extensively where an existing building is to be extended, redeveloped or renovated.
The Beck Group are a Dallas headquartered national design firm and they have their own Z-Corporartion Zprinter 350 which they use for 3D printing services. What is important about this is that it is one of the few 3D printers that can be used for full color 3D printing services where the color is added to a model as it is made.