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Materializing the City of Dreams: Sagalassos

Sagalassos is an archeological site in southwestern Turkey under the supervision of Professor Marc Waelkens from the Catholic University of Leuven. It is a tremendous archeological research project that started in 1990 and has exposed us to many of the hidden treasures from the city’s intriguing past. To celebrate the great work that has been done on this project, the Gallo Roman Museum in Tongeren, Belgium decided to exhibit many of the found treasures including a fully reconstructed miniature model of the
ancient city.

It is for the reconstructed miniature model that our mother company Materialise played a huge role. The entire city got 3D printed in the stereolithography method and covers an almost 2 by 1 meter surface. This same model is currently on display at the museum and will stay there until the end of the exhibition which is the 17th of June of 2012. Below you’ll find an overview of the work in progress and also the final result.

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The City Game: The Rotterdam Edition

The Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAi) is a museum, archive, library, and platform that wants to get people of all ages involved in architecture. One way of doing that is through educational programmes. One of those programmes is called ‘The City Game: The Rotterdam Edition’, a game aimed at pupils and students in primary, secondary and higher education. The purpose of the game is to build a city together and discover that the process is about more than construction alone. As every student has its own wishes and interest, the discussion sets off.

To introduce the game, a guide takes the students to the Treasury, where the most beautiful scale models from the NAi collection are displayed. The students can see how famous architects design cities and buildings.

At the top floor of the museum, the students play the city game. Working in small groups, each group selects a part of the floor map and uses scale models to plan a quarter.

Since the old wooden scale mode

Columbia GSAPP Saturated Models 3D printed: Handrail

Alistair Gill and Veronika Schmid held a Saturated Models seminar at Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. During the seminar the Master’s students explored 3D printing and created 3D printed objects. i.materialise made the resulting 3D prints. This is the sixth interview with a team of participating architecture students and their project: Handrail.

1. Who are you?

The Handrail Folk:

Brian Buckner – Advanced Architectural Design
Carolina Glas – Advanced Architectural Design
Damon Lau – Master of Architecture 1st yr.

2. What is Handrail?

A handrail is an object of vigorous interaction. It is solid, structural and for all intents and purposes supposedly a safe object which assists when an accident occurs. The safety of this banal object intensifies the irony it’s the devious intent potentially invigorating the relationship and creating a series of interactions that are predicated upon this unique scenario. The expectation of the object

3D printing for model makers

3D printing is not competing in any way with traditional model making. Instead it is adding something new and exciting to the range of tools model makers are using. What if you were working on a scale model and needed a complex part and time was valuable? You’d simple have it 3D printed and integrate it with the existing model. Here are 2 examples of how model makers turned to 3D printing (and i.materialise) to make it happen.


Turnova is an urban development project going on in the Belgian city of Turnhout. Professional model maker Piet Vanherle was commissioned to create a large scale model for Turnova. One of the eye catchers in the whole project is a ‘stoa’ (colonnade) that connects the northern and southern part of the project. Looking at the size and the complexity of this remarkable piece, the model maker turned to 3D printing. According to Piet Vanherle, finalizing this piece was tough, but the result turned out gorgeous. On demand of his customer, he spray painted the

The Craziest 3D Printed Scale Model in the World

When I entered our production facilities a few months ago, I was totally blown away by a small scale replica of a gas plant. This is truly one of the craziest 3D printed scale models I have ever seen. The model has all the details of the actual system and has an overall size of 1300mm x 1000mm. The highest part of the model is 750mm. Because it was so huge, the production team had to build it in 7 segments and then glue it together. All the parts were produced in polyamide using laser sintering and spray painted in silver afterwards.


The 3D printed V House by Gino Lomeli

I designed this house especially for the i.materialise ”World of Houses – SketchUp Challenge”. The V stands for view house.

This house would be primarily situated in Spain, in a place where the home would blend in with its environment, but at the same time be something man made. The site is a mountain top with views of a lake to the front of the home and views to the wilderness to the rear.

A cantilevered pool would extrude toward the lake side of the home reinforcing the connection with it”s surrounding, giving the sense of being inside the lake but at a higher level. The home is a breeze house which means most of all the windows are sliding “nana wall” type glazing.

Giving the home an energy efficient way of keeping it cool, while the green roof also aids in keeping the home cool. The web design around the home helps maintain privacy to a home that is entirely shielded by glass.

— Gino Lomeli

Gino”s dream house was designed using Google Sketchup and the

3D Printing Architectural Models

Karel Honigs made a 3D print of a house he was constructing together with his twin brother. They made it in polyamide and designed it so you could see both the exterior and interior.

To view our house in 3D before we actually started constructing it, we decided to design it in Google SketchUp. We, that”s my twin brother and I. Therefore, we called the project ”The Brothers”.

This 3D model is the symbol of our hard work and fine cooperation. We spent many hours working on the model since we started out with the 2D files we got from our architect.

What”s nice about our 3D printed model, is that it can be disassembled and viewed from the inside. We are really happy with the produced result. In the end the effort was well worth it.

— Karel Honings