All maquettes are constructed specifically to meet the clients’ need. Commonly industrial model making is done in order to introduce the whole project. Models can be built in two time periods, in the pre-construction phase or after completion of construction of industrial plants. In pre-construction phase all 2D plans and sketches turn to reality and help engineers to identify strengths and weakness of the original design. An outstanding benefit inherent in industrial maquette which is built in post-construction phase is its communicative and informative power. They are used for presentation for all visitors either for engineers or students with no knowledge of industrial drawings. Herein, we describe briefly the process of industrial maquette making.
The first step in maquette production is selecting the materials properly, considering the type, scale and construction purpose of maquette. One of the contributing factors in selecting right material is its stability and durability in different environmental conditions such as humidity, sunlight, dust or unstable room temperature. Plexiglass is a synthetic material which can be found in variety of variants in terms of thickness, texture and color. It is wildly used for it is lightweight, resistant and easy to work with. The objects with 3D shapes are produced with ABS or PLA filaments using 3D printer technology. Robust and sturdy tables for models are fabricated by MDF. Other materials that can be used in model making are paper, foam, wood, glass, cardboard, etc. Special adhesives for bonding the pieces and colors for painting them to obtain the final shape are so crucial as well.
Next step is converting 2D sketches to the practical 3D drawings. For having a clear vision, the structure is drawn in engineering software such as AutoCAD program according to the blueprints and all measurements. Choosing a right scale is a predominant factor in making industrial scale models. It mostly depends on how intricate the model is and how big an area is available for final installation. As industrial models are used to help people to envisage the projects, so usually they are far more detailed. After considering what you want to illustrate, an approved plan should be prepared regarding material, techniques and time.
Then, the work goes to the next stage of construction. Each piece of model is built by some basic tools and modern technologies such as 3D Printer and Laser cutting and engraving machines. Particularly for three-dimensional shapes even in irregular or asymmetrical forms or structures with twisted elements, 3D Printers work so efficiently. In addition, laser cutting and engraving technology create unbeatable results in model making. With a drawing in CAD program as an input the different components can be cut with maximum precision and no subsequent processing is needed.
Finally, the task of assembling all produced pieces needs full concentration to give the exact details of project. Once the production run is complete all pieces should be packed carefully and safely to withstand shocks, vibrations and pressure during delivery.
In a nutshell, making model is fantastic combination of three-dimensional artwork and industrial design. Development Pioneers Co. offers its services regarding different types of model making especially industrial scale models.