How to use a 3D Printer for Architecture

Designing for 3D printing

To ensure a high quality 3D print it is essential to keep the design rules for 3D Printing in mind. When designing your model you need to take into account the fact that your model is build up with closed surfaces and printable wall thicknesses.

3D Print your design

The great thing of 3D Printing is that you are able to print complex shapes and highly detailed designs that will be too time consuming if they were build by hand. A 3D Printer can be used to print detailed designs, e.g.: complex facades, interiors, environmental elements (cars, trees, people), roofs etc. A large flat floor surface can also be printed, however using a laser cutter for these kind of parts might suit this purpose better

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The Best 3D Printer for Architects

We would recommend our Leapfrog Bolt 3D Printer for Architects. The high quality built of the Bolt provides for a reliable production of excellent prints and models. It is fitted with a User Interface with can be accessed with the large touchscreen of through wifi.

  • Lean and easy workflow, stand-alone printing
  • High quality rapid prototyping
  • Large buildsize
  • Independent Dual Extrusion
  • Compatible with e.g. ABS, PLA, PVA, Brick


Working on a new project

The Forbidden City

A prime example of a big project, that would take a very long time to finish following the traditional approach of architectural modelling by hand, is the printing of The Forbidden City for the Ming exhibition in Amsterdam. The project consists of a total of 980 separate buildings and it is the first time that a complete city is being made into a scale model using a 3D printer.

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Bolt 3D Printer Starter Package

The Bolt Starter package has everything you need to start creating great and innovative parts.

As low as: $7,499.00 Excl. Tax $9,073.79 Incl. Tax

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Bolt 3D Printer Starter Package

What people say about us


The Bolt is a powerful device with industrial mechanics and proved to be easy to use in the test.

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"We recommend this machine for prototyping purposes in most professional environments."


Freeform printing finds the Bolt user friendly. Calibration of the print head and bed is easy to operate and the prints come out as they should with the desired quality.