WEBSITES, ARCHITECTURAL design, INFORMATION storage & retrieval systems in architecture, and ARCHITECTURAL models
This article introduces digital tools for managing, learning and designing architecture. Features of information modeling software ArchiCAD 8.0; Specification of the three-dimensional rapid prototyping machine ZPrinter 310 from Z Corp.; Details of information available on design data and construction details offered by the Web site www.graphicstandards.com.
Architectural Record. Dec1999, Vol. 187 Issue 12, p39-40. 2p. 6 Black and White Photographs.
PROTOTYPES and ARCHITECTURAL models
Discusses various rapid prototyping technologies used in the creation of architectural models. Includes stereo lithography apparatus; Selective laser sintering; Fused deposition modeling; Laminated object manufacturing.
The article focuses on Texxus which is a specialized service firm offering surface design, texture design, and rendering and manufacturing capabilities. Originally envisioned as a company to assist designers in creating custom-textured surfaces for injection-molded materials, the firm now used 3D CAD/CAM technology to model complex geometries and surfaces that can be mass-produced using digital manufacturing methods, in any machinable material, including stone, concrete, wood, terrazzo, and rapid-prototyping materials. The company works on projects on various scales, from model development to full-scale manufacturing, and its services have been employed for both preservation work and new projects.