The 6’ tall 3D printed tower model

Posted by LGM | Wednesday, August 31st

The following is a piece we wrote for a September 2016 TCT Magazine article.  


DDG Partners, a real estate design, development, construction, and asset management firm, teamed up with LGM, the premier additive manufacturing firm specializing in 3D printing for architecture, to create a six foot tall, 3D printed architectural model with a fully customized digital lighting display.  The model was designed to assist the Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group with apartment presales and is currently on display in Manhattan.  


LGM had developed a working relationship with DDG Partners over several years, building various models for projects in New York. While DDG had come to LGM initially for concept, structural, and basic massing models, they began pushing the boundaries to include more elegant and detailed models as their knowledge of 3D printing and its CAD requirements increased. Because DDG liked the look and feel of various preliminary tower studies and the workflow that had...

A Case for Building Architectural Models

Posted by LGM | Thursday, February 4th

We were forwarded a great article on Life of an Architect by Bob Borson

A Case for Building Architectural Models

Bob Borson —  February 1, 2016 

When architects are in school, they build a lot of models during their coursework. I don’t have an actual count but I bet that over the 6 years I spent in school that I built a few hundred models. That’s what architecture students do, they build models. Cardboard, chipboard, foam core, museum board, basswood … you name it, I’m pretty sure I used it to build a model.  Fast forward 20 years and I look around and think:

“What happened to all the architectural models?!?”

We still build architectural models in my office, but not that many – and far fewer than I would like to see built. We probably average about 1 or 2 a year, but we don’t build them for the same reasons I used to crank out models in my school days. As we become more and more dependent on our computers, physical architectural models are becoming a lost form of communicating...

Vail Coffee Table

Posted by LGM | Friday, January 15th

Vail Coffee Table

Custom terrain model of Vail Mountain Ski Area to be used as a living room center piece. The wooden table was built by local shop Beyond the Tree Woodworks.

TOPOGRAPHY - Machined from a polyurethane foam block using data from the United States Geological Survey 10 Meter DEM

GRAPHICS - Image taken in the early morning of January 15, 2014 by the Airbus Pleiades 1 satellite from an altitude of 694km after a week of storms dropped 39” of snow on Vail Mountain

TABLE - Wood sourced from the logs of an abandoned cabin located south of Minturn, CO

ASSEMBLY - Image digitally applied using a flying-head inkjet printer that tracks the terrain block; parts assembled by a craftsman in Minturn, CO

Additional pictures can be found in our portfolio

vail mountain coffee table

Color 3D Prints with Ocean, Land and Buildings

Posted by LGM | Friday, January 15th

Color 3D Prints with Ocean, Land and Buildings

This model was produced in full color, 30"x30", with removable parts, in a scant four business days.  

The model was created from client provided SketchUp, digital elevation data, and site plan renderings. This model was 3D printed in six 10"x15" full color "tiles" to create the final 30"x30" size. The model included removable plugs to show underground connections and circulation. 

Production of the Tahoe Regional Arts Foundation model

Posted by LGM | Friday, November 6th

Production of the Tahoe Regional Arts Foundation model

"The model arrived a few minutes ago and when I opened it, I said “OMG”!!! What a fabulous job you did and not only is the model of superior quality, but the packing and carrying case are exceptional. You should be really proud of the work you’ve done on this project as I certainly am. I know it’s going to have a significant positive impact on our Capital Campaign moving forward for our Northstar project.  Thanks for the timely manner in which you’ve produce an outstanding product and I will certainly be recommending LGM to anyone who needs a model and you (Casey) in particular."

Keith D. Vogt, President

The original data for this model came from SketchUp and Revit files. LGM applied custom texture stamping to the main building and amphitheater stage for material variation which was referenced from the facility's 2D renderings. The original terrain mesh was very triangulated, so we incorporated the use of a mesh altering software to smooth all undefined or irregular areas for a...

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