Using your architectural drawings, we can convert these to a detailed digital 3D model with the help of industry standard software. With our main focus being on how well the model will 3D print, checks are put in place to make sure that everything is optimised including wall thicknesses and tolerances for modular buildings to ensure floors can easily split apart from each other. Even if you don’t need a model 3D printing, CAD modelling is also perfect for producing high quality renders to give a better idea of what your building will look like in real life – our CAD design engineers can help you at any stage of the process.

How It Works

If you haven’t got any digital 3D models to start with – don’t worry. As long as you have a DXF, DWG or another form of 2D drawing, we can work with you to turn your drawing into one. By scaling the drawing to the required size and importing it into our CAD software, we’re able to trace out the lines and begin altering the wall thicknesses to printable dimensions so that we can extrude them up – creating the first 3D elements of your model. Once we have the basic structure sorted, the next stage is to then go in and add all of the details around the building including windows, beams, railings etc. as well as adding a bit of colour and texture depending on how you want it to look. The final stage before 3D printing is to split the model up depending on whether you want the print to be modular or not. Other than going straight to 3D printing, we can also provide in situ renders, terrain models and mechanical animations as well.


CAD Model Repair And Optimisation

Sometimes you’ll find that CAD models designed at full scale in architectural software can cause a few issues when it comes to printing. As 3D printers are a bit unforgiving at times, it’s recommended that you have your CAD model repaired and optimised for 3D printing to ensure you don’t end up with a subpar model. Here are a few reasons why:

  • When models are scaled down for 3D printing, walls can become too thin to print. Thickening up the walls whilst ensuring the design isn’t visually altered can greatly improve the chances of your model printing to the best standard.
  • Other than just the walls, other details may need thickening as well including railings, windows and roofing etc.
  • As architectural models are designed using a series of different parts, it can be necessary to have these separate bodies combined into a single body. 3D printers can struggle to understand how to deal with any overlapping areas where two of these bodies meet – causing these areas to not print or gaps to be left.


Why Choose The Architectural Printhouse?

With a focused vision on quality and a team with customer service second to none, The Architectural Printhouse could be a great fit for your next project.

  • Any level of detail can be added for renderings depending on your budget and deadline
  • High-quality renderings
  • In situ renders
  • Mechanical animations
  • CAD optimisation and repair
  • Flexibility to make alterations at any time in the process

If you require CAD services then don’t hesitate to contact us today by calling 0114 2211 862 for all of your 3D CAD needs. You can also contact us online or email us directly at for a prompt response from one of our CAD design engineers.