Printed 3D Models
We can help you 3D print a physical version of your site directly from the 3D digital model we send you – in full colour. The printed models retains all the fine details that Zmapping is known for. For example, a 3D model printed at 1:1000 scale will still show all the chimneys on the rooftops.
Zmapping does not host a 3D printer in-house anymore. However, we can recommend some reliable print bureaus who are familiar with handling our data. There are two types of printers that are most widely used by bureaus for professional grade architectural 3D prints.
The first one uses plaster powder as the base material. This type of printer can print in full colour since it uses inkjet print heads to spays coloured binder fusing together layers of plaster powder. The tile size for example on a ProJet 660 Pro is approx. 25cm x 38cm and can print about 20cm in height. The rough cost for a tile printed at 1:1000 scale, 25cm(w)x38cm(l)x5cm(h) varies between £500 and £600. The bureaus generally price the model according to amount of material used measured in cubic centimetre and hence prices can vary according to how complex the model is and how tall it is.