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Groundbreaking Awards & Presentation Displays

Posted by LGM | Thursday, April 19th

Groundbreaking Awards & Presentation Displays

3D Printed Groundbreaking Gifts Are Perfect For Your Next Event

These impressive, miniaturized ground breaking gifts will impress shareholders, visitors, and project managers alike! By featuring a pocket-sized, 3d printed equivalent of your actual commercial or residential building, these ceremonial awards use 3d printing technology, and add interest to any promotional event or ribbon cutting ceremony. This can be a unique tribute to the project and can include a variety of options like gold or silver shovels, engraved groundbreaking dates and project logos, or different species of wood for the custom plaque. Redefine the desk ornament; order a truly unique ground breaking giveaway for your upcoming event.

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...

Jacobsen Architecture - Large scale residential take-apart model

Posted by LGM | Friday, August 14th

Assembling multiple 3d prints of a house

This quarter scale, take-apart residential model was 3D printed from ArchiCAD geometry. The window details were laser cut from a white plastic for higher accuracy and resolution. The site was CNC machined on LGM's large mill from a high density foam.  The milled terrain was pocketed to accept the 3d printed building parts.

Additional images can be found on the portfolio page here.

When planning for a large take-apart model there are a few challenges that are best addressed in the drafting stage to insure the highest quality output.  
The first is to understand and address the interior of the model.  Unlike smaller scale, exterior only, models, take-apart models must address the thickness and solidity of the interior walls and components.  Larger scale models can display smaller details, but many smaller scale architectural details, such as a faucet or cabinet hardware, need to be omitted.  Segregating non-printable items on particular layers during the drafting phase will save a...

Kim Thoman’s Venus 6 - 3D printed sculpture

Posted by LGM | Wednesday, August 12th

Venus 6 3d printed sculpture

LGM worked with artist Kim Thoman to produce her color 3D printed sculptures. Kim provided the geometry and texture maps, while LGM prepared the file which included splitting it to fit within the printer build envelope. Final assembly and finish work required extra sanding to produce a very smooth surface on the completed piece.

From Kim's website: 

Venus Series: Diptychs and Triptychs - In this series, I engage the concept of duality by creating diptychs and triptychs that juxtapose panels that are digitally created with panels that are traditional oil paintings. The Venus shape on the computer-generated panel is digitally textured with my scanned paintings. These electronically created panels are a more intellectual process that I contrast with an intuitive mark-making energy on the oil-painted panels. 

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