The production of scale models and models for 3D printing
What is a scale model?
What about a model?
A model is usually a smaller version of the real object. Models are made in a certain ratio, which tells us the actual dimensions of the object. For example, a model of a car is a smaller version of a car made from different materials. The model is an approximation of what it is to look like, in reality. In the model, we eliminate the properties of reality that do not benefit us at a given moment and focus on the properties that are important to us. (Source: https://sl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maketarstvo)
What is the difference between modelling and model making?
What is the process of making a model or a scale model?
What is the advantage of making a 3D printed scale model as opposed to a hand-made model?
The purpose of making a model is that you are in a position to better able to see what the real thing will look like. When making a scale model by hand, it is necessary to take into account that a good scale model requires a lot of time and precision when making it. Therefore, when making a hand-made scale model, planning the process of its construction is crucial. Planning, however, takes a lot of time. Not only that but the space in which we make the scale model is also important.
The advantage of making a 3D printed scale model is that it saves a lot of time, as it is made on the basis of a 3D rendering, while it is also possible to print it in colour or print a wax model that is suitable for casting purposes.
Therefore, the scale model can be made of plastic or metal in just a few days. The advantage of making a scale model based on a 3D drawing is that it is always possible to re-create the components that make up the scale model, or the entire scale model itself.
Therefore, it is important to take into consideration the laws of the various 3D technologies when creating a 3D drawing. This is crucial for the production itself as well as the speed with which it is made.
We suggest that from the very beginning, already in the drawing phase, that you consult with a specialist in advance, who will give you guidance for drawing it up.
Areas of applications for 3D printed models and scale models
Making a 3D model or scale model is part of the first phase of prototyping. The time it takes to make a 3D model depends on the quality of the delivered data and the drawing. It can be based on a photograph or a physical product (eg: a prop for promotional purposes). The more information a 3D constructor has as well as a clearer picture of the product, the faster he can estimate the cost of making the model and faster he can draw up the first 3D model.