Architectural models in a matter of hours

Thanks to 3D print technology, MATT Architecture can now create detailed architectural models at a fraction of the usual cost and in a matter of hours, not days. Integrating 3D printers into their business workflow has improved communication with clients, and provided the company with more flexibility and freedom than ever before.


3D printing cuts months of model-making time


"A 3D printed model is stronger and longer lasting. If we outsource the model making, the cost is much greater, and can take a whole day. Generally, I choose to 3D print models because it allows me to achieve certain results that I would never be able to achieve using traditional methods."

Matt White, Founding Partner at MATT Architecture



Prior to incorporating 3D printing into their practice, MATT Architecture’s models were handmade, using pieces of paper or cardboard. This was an adequate solution for conveying basic ideas, but not ideal for complicated designs. Handcrafting complex models was labor-intensive and time-consuming, particularly when working out all the geometries and scales required to replicate results.


When working on the Ilona Rose House project, the team swiftly realized that they’d need to reiterate the design several times in order to get it right. 3D printing proved invaluable – letting them prototype detailed, beautiful models, quickly and easily. Using their Ultimaker, the team 3D printed the full-sized facade pattern. From this, they were able to cast a silicon mold and produce a tile, assisting communication with the site's planners and manufacturers.





Reduced prototyping times

By printing the prototypes in-house rather than outsourcing, prototyping times are reduced from weeks to hours, without ever going over budget.

Multiple iterations

Unlike traditional modeling, 3D printed models are relatively simple to produce, making it possible to do a number of iterations in a short space of time.

High level of detail

It’s difficult to achieve complexity with traditional architectural models. 3D printing lets designers create models with far more detail and finesse.

Reduced costs

By printing prototypes in-house, all the costs associated with outsourcing are eliminated. Lead-times are also reduced, which saves money in the long run.