3-D Printing Technology
Design is a complex process which involves many individuals with decision-making responsibilities. At Tatsumi and Partners, we feel it is critical to convey design ideas and thoughts to the individual stakeholders for their review and input. Traditional methods of doing this involved creating drawings, plans and sketches to translate the thoughts of the designers to the stakeholders. This method is fairly accurate and fast but requires the stakeholder to take the graphic information and image them within their minds based on their own life experiences, values and perceptions. Photo-realistic 3-D renderings bring this design thought conveyance to the next level where the designers create 3-D renderings in a photo-realistic manner so the stakeholder has less to perceive and can actually see a photograph of what the designer’s intents include. A picture is worth a thousand words! Then finally with recent advances in technology, the designer can hand the stakeholder an actual scaled representation of his/her design thoughts. In other words, the stakeholder can actually touch, feel and hold a model of what the designer is imagining! This absolutely maximizes the accuracy of conveying the designers vision to the stakeholders. Using 3-D printers from industry-leading MakerBot, Tatsumi and Partners is using this modeling technology to create items of visual icons and themes that our clients and stakeholders can hold in their hands.
Design ideas are born in the usual manner…imagination, art and creativity blend to create ideas and concepts which address the specific needs of a project.
3-D Modeling in the Computer
Upon completion of initial concepts, the ideas are digitally created in the computer utilizing state-of-the-art 3-D modeling software.
Creation of a 3-D Model
Having started as an idea in the designer’s mind, this idea is now fabricated in the 3-D printers to become a miniature representation of the synergy of imagination, art and creativity.
As designers of the built environment, it is incumbent upon us to fully understand the land and it’s features. Various methods and tools are used by Tatsumi and Partners to gain this critical insight including topographic mapping, reports, surveys, and on-site assessments to name a few. With ongoing adaption in science with regard to robotics and miniturization, Tatsumi is now utilizing cutting edge aerial drones as a tool to analyze the land from the air and various perspectives. Combining the aerial drones with digital mapping software, the data obtained by the drones can then be transformed into color 3-D maps of high resolution. This mapping can then be overlaid onto other digital plans to create project specific opportunities and constraints maps illustrating areas of potential conflicts and avoiding future issues.