The architectural industry is continually developing creative solutions for our work and living spaces, with increasing investment being made into the regeneration of our town centres, schools, hospitals and recreational areas. Constantly striving to improve design excellence, Architects, Artists and Designers are pushing the boundaries to create inspiring, innovative and increasingly, environmentally friendly, structures, Additive Manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, is a key part of this.
Whilst high-tech design software can provide photo-realistic images, a tactile, 3D model of their proposed design can play a vital role in visualising the concept or securing a tender bid, and can be used as a demonstration piece at promotional events or in marketing photography.
AM is becoming their method of choice when creating a model of their concept or design, as intricate details can be easily replicated and previously ‘impossible’ structures and forms created. Created directly from the 3D CAD data, AM is an extremely cost-effective, quick and accurate process when compared to other more traditional model-making techniques. Parts can be produced up to 1m long, thereby reducing the need for joins and increasing strength and functionality.
Offering high levels of functionality combined with aesthetics, our highly skilled modelmakers and post-processing specialists can generate fully finished models with outstanding paint effects and intricate details such as trees, people, sign posts and vehicles, all supplied in a glass display cabinet.
Marks Barfield Architects believe that good design transforms the quality of the environment and aim to provide an architecture that is innovative, sustainable, an imaginative response to context and a pleasure to experience.
Sean Henry, a world-renowned sculptor, was commissioned to create the UK's first permanent offshore sculpture for the Northumbrian coastal village of Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, as it underwent a major development project to bring the once famous beach and sea front back to, and beyond, its former glory. Between March and September 2007, the £10million project involved recharging the beach with 500,000 tonnes of new sand, building a new breakwater in the bay and improving the promenade.
As environmental issues top agendas worldwide, The Observer Ethical Awards 2009 highlights the individuals and companies that have gone the extra green mile in the UK. At an award ceremony at London’s Kensington Roof Gardens on 3rd June 2009, winners of 10 ethical categories were presented with personalised ‘Habbit’ awards, based upon their own carbon footprint.
Jordan wanted to create an object that would accompany pieces of his sculptural jewellery to represent an organic shape in one complete piece with a high level of detail, whilst demonstrating the use of innovative technology.
3T RPD work with many UK and European designers and architects, and has developed a close working relationship with Freedom Of Creation in The Netherlands. Having recently won a commission from Dutch design company Wetzels Brown Partners, Freedom Of Creation co-developed the creation of 23 unique chairs for a 100ft. sailing yacht and private residence. The innovative design of the chair was inspired by Freedom Of Creation's Janne Kyttanen's Macedonia tray, which was created in 2007 for The Museum of Modern Art in New York.