Frost Architects contacted me to make a 3d-printed model of their project at Vollen Marina, near Oslo.

I recieved a 3d-model made in ArchiCAD.

ArchiCAD, with the plugin ArchiTerra, often produce a triangulated, jagged surface of the terrain. This surface is almost impossible to cut or boolean, especially when youre doing several, typically hundreds of operations on the same mesh.01 - From ArchiCadTo get around this “problem” I made a nice, dense, quad mesh and conformed it over the triangulated mesh.02 - ConformThe result is a watertight quad mesh with smooth slopes, ready to get sliced and diced.03 - Quad Mesh Conformed“Chaos mesh” from ArchiCAD/ArchiTerra.04 - Chaos MeshSuper smooth quad mesh.05 - Quad MeshFrom this mesh I used boolean operations to make the footprint for the houses, and extracted the roads. The terrain was also cut into smaller pieces to fit inside my 3d-printers.06 - House BooleanThe buildings from ArchiCAD had to be remodelled to get rid of the overhangs. All 92 of them…07 - Houses FixThe 159 different objects, sliced, cut and booleaned ready for 3d-printing.08 - OverviewOverview of the physical model, with all cuts made.09 - Ready For PrintMaking sure the prints dont warp, they are all printed with a brim. This brim has to be manually removed after printing. This is a tedious process.10 - Cutting The BrimParts getting ready. Notice the red spots on the 2d-print to the right, this was initially intended for the placement of magnets.11 - Printing the PartsThe MDF baseplate with frame getting painted to match the printed parts.12 - Painting the FrameAll parts were modelled to accommodate magnets. This plan was scrapped in favour of good old glue in the end.13 - MagnetsI also made the whole project in the scale 1:1000, just for fun. The 1:1000 model is hanging on my livingroom wall at the moment.14 - 500 vs 1000I made several height-indicators, helping the architects make decisions with the client on the fly.15 - Parallax 02Lenght indicators were also made.16 - HarbourThe terrain and roads were 3d-printed with a layerheight of 0,3 mm. Try that with foamcore!17 - Layers 01Each layer represents 15 cm.18 - Layers 02If the model is cut at the right level, the seams are almost invisible.19 - Clean LineHeight notations were modelled onto some of the buildings.20 - Detail 03Notice the effect of the reflection on the 2d-print and how the graphics add depth to the model.00 - Slider Vollen 003Cars and buses printed at scale 1:500, they are pretty small.22 - Vollen Marina 02Not an architectual model. Art 😉21 - Vollen Marina 03Model delivered at client office.24 - Vollen Marina 01