Showcasing the unique design of iconic buildings

3D models of the Melbourne Theatre Company & Melbourne Recital Centre

If you visit Melbourne 's Southbank Boulevard you could not miss the new buildings of the Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC) theatre, and the Melbourne Recital Centre (MRC).

Architects Ashton Raggatt McDougall (ARM) used a revolutionary 3D printing technology to showcase the buildings' unique design. They commissioned Formero to build a rapid prototype models deploying the most advanced 3D printing technology available - Objet Connex500 3D printing system.


Rapid Prototype printed by Formero on Objet Connex500 3D printing systemHoward Raggatt, a Director at ARM, describes his experience working with Formero: "We've used rapid prototyping in the past as a quick and accurate way to present design work. ARM's work often involves complex form which is difficult and time consuming to reproduce with traditional modelling techniques. We recently sent a batch of rapid prototype models to be displayed at the Australian exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale; Formero were invaluable in that process".


Mr. Raggatt goes on to say: "The new technology that allows us to print multiple materials simultaneously on the Objet Connex500 TM has opened up a new dimension for us. The design for the MTC and MRC involves an optical illusion that relies on the contrast of materials; we can now reproduce the impact of this affect with rapid prototyping at a scale and level of detail otherwise impossible. The durability of the model also allows us to take it to clients or send off to exhibitions without worrying if it is going to make it in one piece".

Gone are the days when architects needed to wait weeks or even months in order to view a physical 3D model of their design. Today, utilising Rapid Prototyping* technologies, offered by Formero, such models can be created in a matter of days and even hours.