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  • My name is Daniel, I'm an architectural assistant at MATT Architecture, based in central London

  • and we use 3D printing in a whole range of applications to translate our ideas into build form

  • MATT's quite a young company. We do a whole range of work

  • from bespoke residential work to commercial developments

  • We're quite a fun company

  • and we're just enjoying the process of designing and delivering buildings at the moment

  • Part of our mission statement or company ethos

  • is to unlock the potential of difficult sites through fun and inclusive architecture

  • In the past, in my old job, we would have made models by hand

  • just cutting the paper, cutting card

  • It's great for capturing ideas

  • but when it comes to developing complex shapes, complex geometry, it's really labour-intensive

  • So for something like this, for example, we would have cut out all the floor plans, all the facades

  • we would have to work out all the geometries and fold the card

  • and even then it wouldn't have been very sturdy

  • so we were kind of limited, in a way

  • By the time I come to MATT in 2013, desktop 3D printing was already starting to become kind of available

  • and Matt actually funded a Kickstarter 3D printer that we were trying to use in the office

  • so that's how we started to use it here

  • I'm working on a project called Ilona Rose House, and it's a large mixed-use redevelopment in central London

  • and that's a model that we worked with through the planning process, to show the building in its context

  • and that's actually a traditional architectural model; quite expensive, takes a long time to produce

  • and we found we needed to reiterate the design quite a lot of times

  • so the 3D printer was super useful for being able to produce cheap but really beautiful massing proposals

  • to show the planners and engage them in the planning process

  • and we just print it in a filament which has wood embedded in it, so we can achieve a really similar look

  • The real advantage of Ultimaker for us has been the speed that it can print at, but also the reliability

  • and this is one where we 3D printed at 1-to-1 the pattern that we want to have on the building's facade

  • so the green and the yellow are 3D printed pieces and the white are cast from this central green piece

  • and this lets us then cast a mold

  • a flexible, silicone mold

  • and then produce a tile

  • which is really useful to talk to manufacturers about the finish we're trying to achieve

  • but also to show the client the vision we have for the build

  • We've designed all the facade pieces we're going to then take a mold of and then cast

  • This is another example of how we just reintegrate 3D printing with traditional techniques

  • So here we are, at the site of the Ilona Rose House project

  • These 3 buildings on the corner here, going all the way back to that road are all to be demolished

  • to make way for the project we're designing on at the moment

  • That model of the corner you were just seeing is actually this corner here, which marks the entrance into Soho

  • so it's really important for the project and really important for us

  • and this facade pattern we've been working on will be applied to the building all along here

  • and on that street there

  • We find that, when we make models it really engages the client

  • A lot of what we do is quite technical, like producing technical drawings

  • When you show someone a technical drawing, they don't really engage with that

  • but when you show someone a model and suddenly they can pick it up and look around it

  • I think it's a way we engage people with the ideas we're trying to pursue

  • That's what we're trying to do

My name is Daniel, I'm an architectural assistant at MATT Architecture, based in central London

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