Due to the increasing complexity of architectural design, traditional model making can no longer meet the needs of designers. At this stage, 3D printing technology has become an indispensable tool for architectural designers. The use of 3D technology can obtain real three-dimensional models of existing buildings, and use this as a basis to develop a wider range of extended applications, such as retrofit design, display, digital archives, restoration, rapid prototyping, etc.

In the past, when making architectural models, designers usually used wood, foam, plaster, aluminum and other materials to piece together the models. The whole process was cumbersome, which not only compromised the aesthetics and quality, but also affected the presentation of the architectural layout. With the help of 3D printers and 3D printing materials, 3D architectural models can be accurately transformed into solid objects with proportional scaling to truly present the architect’s design concepts.


The 3DSL series of light-curing 3D printers of Shuzao Technology have provided many cases for the construction industry practice, such as: sand table model, real estate model, historic site restoration model, etc., with a wealth of customized solutions for 3D printing architectural models. What I will introduce to you today is the 3D printing model of the Buddhist church in Kolkata.

Case background:

The client is a Buddhist church in Kolkata, India. The church believes in the Supreme Personality Godhead-Krishna. The church is expected to be completed in 2023. The client needs to make a prototype of the church in advance as a gift to the donor.


Church design renderings

3D printing solution: using the 3DSL series of industrial-grade 3D printers from Shuzao Technology to successfully digitize the process of making models, and convert the design drawings into digital formats that can be used by the printer. It only takes more than 30 hours to print and shape, and then color it. Process, successfully shortened the entire construction period.


Church 3D Digital Model


Final product

Solution advantages: 1. ±0.1mm precision to achieve precise proportional scaling, perfect presentation of all details, excellent display effect; 2. One-time production of samples with extremely complex surfaces and internal shapes, which cannot be achieved by traditional manual or machining High-speed, high-efficiency, high-detail performance, eliminating a large number of disassembly and splicing work, greatly saving materials and time, and the model has a certain strength and durability; after the 3.3D model is printed, the support material is simply removed. The personnel can perform surface treatments such as polishing, painting, electroplating, etc. on the samples to present the necessary appearance and texture. 4.3 The range of materials available for D printing models is also very wide. Architects mostly use photosensitive resin and nylon. Those who need color need to color themselves, and they can even print models of different materials such as transparent or metal.

Compared with traditional model making methods, 3D printing technology has the advantage of realizing fast and accurate physical replication of diverse and complex 3D building models in a low-cost form. 3D printing architectural models are widely used. They can be used in exhibitions, exhibits when applying for projects, can show customers the physical architectural models in advance, can be used as residential real estate models, etc. With the development of complex architectural design, the limitations of traditional model making have become increasingly prominent. Engineers and designers have accepted the use of 3D printers to print architectural models, as a rapid prototyping technology