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3D printed hyper miniatures are the future of the miniature model industry. The miniature model industry has always been a skilled labor dominated industry. It was excessively dependents upon fine craftsmanship and the limitation of detailing a human hand could reach. One major drawback of handmade miniatures is the large amount of time it takes to make a miniature. With the increase in need of details the time required to make a models increases.

3D printed hyper miniatures have taken the miniature model industry by storm and its effect is largely felt in a no. of sectors like architecture, film industry and specifically in the stop motion animation industry. As of now we focus on the impact of hyper miniatures in architecture. 3D printing has helped architecture industry in a lot of ways, hyper miniatures being one of them.

A few quick and clear advantages of 3D printed hyper miniatures over the traditional method are:-

  • Time Factor – the time taken for the production of a hyper miniature using 3D printing is way less than by the conventional process.
  • Details– eliminating the limitation of hand, 3D printing can produce an unfathomable level of detailing.
  • Color– since 3D printing can also be done in color there is no need to make a model and color it afterwards.

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Chizel as an additive manufacturing design studio has helped a lot of architecture and construction firms offer hyper miniatures of their projects to the fullest of their expectations. The firms have been subjected to a lot of problems when came to it model making, scalability being one of the concerns. Talking about handmade models, the scale up to which a human hand can work with ease is a major deciding factor for the scale down of a model.

With 3D printing, this limitation on the scale of the models is immensely impacted, providing a greater scaling ratio for the models making them ultra-portable. The portability has helped the firms present their models to consumers, clients and architecture fraternities in a astounding way, touching them at a subconscious level by providing them with an insight of how the full size project would look like.

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The firms Chizel worked with also mentioned that with the robust detailing that they got with 3D printed miniatures, they can now explain the design of structures to their clients with ease.

Architects and structural engineers have become more efficient on their professional fronts by effectively presenting their ideas with the models in hand, compared to times when they used to present their ideas with images and videos of the models. The quality of models have filled up the information gap between the model and architects, and models and the architectural consumer/client community.

The short time span required for Mass customization of the models using 3D printing has helped firms understand the various aspects of different, design and visual iterations of the same model in a great manner.

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3D printing also opens a new product called Industrial miniature models that never existed with handmade model making mostly because of the precision that can be achieved hand. This category of scaled down models of Burj Khalifa and Burj-Al-Arab have made it possible for structural engineers to study the aerodynamics of these sky scrapers. The models were subjected to artificial winds. The wind speed was also scaled down and adjusted proportional to its speed at the heights of these sky scrapers in reality. The results obtained were then multiplied proportionally to get real time numbers for full scale buildings.

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Recently a similar use of 3D printing is being implemented in building the upcoming football stadiums in Qatar, which are said to be hosting the 2022 FIFA world cup. Researchers are finding 3D printed miniature models of these stadiums of a great value when it comes to testing these models for various parameters, temperature being the major parameter considering the high temperatures in Qatar. A detailed report on how researchers are putting 3D printing to good use in Qatar can be found out here.Qatar also 3D printed a stadium for the purpose of wind tunnel testing, its details are right here.

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If the models had been handmade the accuracy of results obtained here might not have been as precise as it is with 3D printed models. Hence the dimensional and geometrical accuracy obtained by 3D printed hyper miniatures is worth taking a note and can be relied upon to a greater extent.

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 3D printed hyper miniatures have their own advantages over traditional handmade models and are the next level of miniature modelling industry to look for.

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A post relating to its impact on stop motion animation industry would be brought to you by us soon. Till then stay tuned for more. Hope you had a good read.

(image source- www.civilconcept.com, www.dohanews.co)

content by:-
Tejas Farkase 
Business Development Manager
CHIZEL
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