House Plan 3D Prints: How Developers Can Use These When Selling Homes
A 3D printer acts cumulatively. First, it scans an object or translates paper plans into three dimensions. Then, it starts building the object from the ground up, layer by layer, until a complete scale model has been created. Contractors, architects and others who regularly communicate via floor plans will find many ways to leverage 3D printing technology, as described in this article.
Probably the primary benefit of translating a house plan into a 3D model via 3D printing is that such a model is easy to understand, even by laypeople. Such an accessible format makes any home plan more attractive to buyers and others, as we explain further below.
1. Immediate understanding of how home will sit in neighborhood.
A traditional blueprint home plan fails to convey a sense of how a new house will fit into its surroundings. In contrast, a 3D print of a house plan will immediately describe such elements as property topography, surrounding open space, and landscaping opportunities.
2. Cut Costs and Construction Time.
It’s not unusual for miscommunications to arise when using a traditional two-dimensional house plan. And communication slip-ups nearly always result in costly mistakes. For instance, if a contractor has a hard time understanding the location of a certain plumbing core, he might make a mistake or two which must be corrected later. In contrast, with a 3D model of the house plan, all involved parties can quickly answer their own questions simply by looking at the model. Most 3D home models are built in parts, so that obstructive elements may be lifted away to show underlying structures. Moreover, 3D home plan models can include the kind of detailed information that contractors need. All of these characteristics mean that a 3D print of your house plans will probably save you construction time and money.
3. Foster Creativity.
Being able to see a three-dimensional model of a home plan spurs architects and designers to make new creative leaps. For example, a 3D print may inspire an architect to improve his or her future stairwell designs by clearly showing how different stories come together.
4. Impress Bureaucrats and Accelerate the City Approval Process.
Obtaining city approval is an important step in turning your home plan into a physical structure. Because 3D printing helps everyone better visualize the final structure, it can also help city officials quickly evaluate blue prints. As an example, many cities’ codes state that fences must be placed a certain distance from the front sidewalk. In this case, a 3D model with detailed labels will immediately convey fence dimensions to city planners. In this way, 3D models can expedite the municipal house plan approval process.
5. Better communication with neighbors.
When a new home goes up, neighbors get suspicious. Will this new structure increase or limit property value for nearby homes? A 3D model can quickly show neighbors what a new home will look like – you can even have a model of the whole street or block made, so as to convey how the new building will compliment nearby houses. In this way, 3D printing can smooth over any conflicts with neighbors, which in turn can accelerate the construction process.
3D printing is an extremely effective way to convey relevant home plan details as well as an overall impression of the completed building’s appearance.