3D Model-To-Print has that what it calls 'the industry's first affordable cloud-based service' has been released after three years of development. 3DMTP's technology prepares models to be 3D printed by automatically converting commonly-used architectural software files into 3D printable models, all without the need for costly and time-consuming preparation.
3D printing is used in architecture for a more effective and efficient design cycle, and improved visualisation. The challenge of 3D printing for architects and designers has been the complexity, time, and cost required to prepare 3D design files for printing. With 3DMTP, architects and designers can see a return on investment in about an hour, compared to the traditional manual process.
''The solution that 3DMTP provides is one that has long been needed for our architectural customers,'' states Kevin Carr, General Manager of Imaging Division of Mastergraphics -- a 3DMTP USA user, 3D print network member, and both an Autodesk and 3D Systems reseller with locations in Wisconsin, Chicago and Minneapolis.
''Not only does it save hours -- even days -- in the process of preparing 3D architectural design for 3D printing, it also significantly reduces the cost to prepare the designs, making 3D printing a more usable and affordable option for those wanting to make models for their architectural designs.''
How It's Done 3DMTP is dedicated to making 3D scaled models printable and available to every architect, developer, and designer at a reasonable price. The innovation is based on cutting-edge algorithms which study the geometric structure of the model creation,'' comments Ilan Sidi, CTO of 3DMTP and the pioneer of the technology.
How to Get Started First, log in to the 3DMTP Portal. Once you are ready to turn your design into a 3D printable model, upload your design file and set your parameters: scale, profile, and desired 3D printer. 3DMTP automatically processes the file without any additional operator interface. 3DMTP also fixes holes between polygons and facets, repairs reverse surfaces, changes the thickness of walls to minimum print tolerance for the selected printer, fixes non-volumetric geometry and fixes many other problems of degenerated geometry that otherwise would prevent the model from printing successfully.
"We are creating this professional network to help support the anticipated demand for printing 3D architectural models, due to the reduced time and cost to ready AEC models. This increased demand will be a direct result of the introduction of the 3D Model-to-Print™ automated technology into the North American markets," explains Phil Magenheim, Director of 3DMTP USA.
Those interested in learning more about converting their 3D architectural designs into printable 3D models, or those interested in learning more about becoming a member for the 3DMTP print network can visit http://www.3dmtp.com