Should I invest in a 3D printer?

Architects are not alone in getting very excited about 3-D printing. By owning their own 3-D printer, a practice can try out lots of different prototypes without having to outsource the work and wait for each new design to come back.

And as prices continue to fall, 3-D printers are within reach of many practices.

Two years ago, Zaha Hadid Architects set up its own 3-D printing workshop. It now has five 3-D printers, producing around 40 models a month. Models are used for front end design studies and presentations, as well as detailed study models and facade mockups.

In the last of the archiboo tech talks, Michele Pasca di Magliano will explain how the ability to create physical objects from computer models has changed the way the practice works, all aspects of the process, and some of the practical issues involved with managing a 3-D printing workshop.