Owing to booming demand, Hobs 3D, the largest bureau of its kind in London, is re-launching as Hobs Studio, with a new office in Central Street in the heart of tech city. Hobs Studio specialises in providing innovative, high quality 3D solutions for designers and architects and now offers 3D visualisation, 3D scanning and BIM solutions to further support clients at all stages of their project.
This new location will cover the South East of England and a recently opened Hobs Studio in Manchester is a 3D hub for the north of England. Hobs Studio offers a one stop shop at all stages of the design process. It can turn around printing of 3D models in as little as 24 hours and recently printed 100 models in just 12 hours for a master plan model. Hobs Studio is also the largest UK re-seller of 3D Systems’ 3D printers and offers lease options to renowned architects.
A total of £450,000 has been invested in stereolithography (SLA) and multijet printing (MJP) at Hobs Studio London, to offer versatility to both existing clients and other industries:
The IPRO 8000 is the biggest and only SLA 3D printer of its kind in London and is particularly useful for producing architectural models. It offers the smoothest finish possible and is perfect for producing architectural components, which, combined with traditional model making techniques, means high end marketing models can be produced in days rather than the usual weeks. It can print high resolution models as large as 750 x 650 x 550mm in size (the largest 3D model build in London), with tolerances of less than 0.05mm. Due to the large build volume and with this type of accuracy and surface detail, the IPro 8000 can be used for low to medium production runs. It’s also particularly useful for creating highly precise casting patterns (e.g. for injection moulding, casting and vacuum casting) as well as functional prototypes, presentation models, and for performing form and fit testing.
The material used by the SLA printer is bio-compatible and so is ideal for producing medical parts directly from CAT or MRI scans, to be used for surgical planning and implantology.
The Project 5000 HD Max, MJP printer can produce highly detailed models with moving parts and is ideal for mechanical and engineering applications and with the option of bio-compatible material, it also works well for dental applications.
Hobs Studio now has three top of the range Projet 660 colour jet printers (CJP), used mostly for architectural models and product design mock ups.
In addition to 3D printing, Hobs Studio’s core of technical specialists can provide cutting edge technologies such as augmented and virtual reality, as a unique way to display client’s projects, as well as traditional photo realistic 3D visualisations and animated fly-throughs.
Hobs Studio’s 3D laser scanning service can create accurate 3D computer models, which is ideal for heritage buildings where there are no drawings, or for ‘as built’ data capture. Hand held laser scanners are good for capturing art, such as sculptures and mechanical parts for reverse engineering.
Commenting on the new Hobs Studio, Michelle Greeff, Director of 3D Technologies says:
“Although our core business has been 3D printing, the recent addition of 3D visualisation, 3D laser scanning and BIM support services now means our clients can find all their 3D requirements under one roof. We can support them at any stage of their project with the latest cutting edge 3D digital solutions. Our team of technical experts are always looking to find new ways to present information in a virtual or augmented world and love to embrace new challenges.
“With the addition of the the IPro 8000 SLA system and the Projet 3500 HD we can now cover most industry requirements for 3D printing and have seen a huge surge in production of high end product design models. These are exciting times for us!”
Recent 3D projects from Hobs Studio include:
- A 1200mm x 800mm x 200mm model of Victoria tube station in London for Transport For London, revealing the different tube lines underground. The eight different sections were printed in just two days
- A giant landscape model of Baltimore Wharf development in Canary Wharf