At Printrbot Learn we are are interested in all of the different spaces that 3D printing can be brought to. Learning to use this technology in different industries and spaces can bring us new ways of thinking about what is possible.

Paul Aubin is an independent architectural consultant providing Revit® Architecture implementation, training, and support services. He has authored a number of books and video training on Revit software and plans to create a course on 3D printing in the near future. Last week Mr. Aubin taught a session at the Revit Technology Conference held in Schaumburg, IL titled “From Revit to 3D Print in 75 Minutes and Under a Grand.”

Paul considers himself to be “mostly a hobbyist when it comes to 3D printers.” However, he teaches technology to architects for a living. His specialty is Autodesk Revit software which is the building design software used by the majority of architectural firms around the world.

At the session Paul printed mostly objects with an architectural focus: columns, architectural details and parts of buildings. Since most of his audience is also involved in the building industry, he suspects that they could learn to use 3D printers as a tool for rapid prototyping of architectural designs. Pauls says:

“from an architect’s perspective, we have been building models of building designs all along. Architectural models can be built from simple cardboard and Styrofoam to more expensive and exotic materials like hardwood and metal. 3D printing offers another set of materials and the ability to go directly from digital designs to physical prototypes. It may not replace traditional materials and methods, but it certainly provides a very useful and exciting new set of options to process of creating and visualizing building design ideas for both designers and clients alike.”

Paul tells use that the most exciting thing about the current state of 3D printing is the affordability and the ability to use nearly any combination of software to achieve the desired result. “The whole point of the conference session was to show folks that they could use the software that they use in their work every day and output designs to 3D print with little additional effort or expense. Very exciting.”

Paul uses Printrbots as an inexpensive way to begin looking at this technology with a focus on architecture and what value it can provide to his clients.