3d printerModern cities have undeniably lost the architectural charm of the past. Classic, intricate façades have been replaced with glass and steel works that offer a more rigid look. As people yearn for more contemporary designs, the creation of decorative building facades has become a dying art.

Fortunately, new technology like 3D printing now exists to bring back the forgotten craft of ornate architecture and save historic buildings from demolition.

Digital Tools to Bring Back Old Art

Often, the major challenge to architectural restoration is the project cost. It’s no wonder that many engineers choose to tear down a building than try to save it by replacing its lost or damaged parts with replicas. But, this is where 3D printing comes in. Europe’s leading 3D printer supplier, RAM Peripherals LTD, has been a witness to how 3D printing revolutionises different production processes — including those in the architectural restoration industry.

The 3D printing technology helps cut costs as architects can create moulds for different parts — from colonnades and cornices to a whole building façade — without spending a significant amount of money. These moulds also allow architects to build their digital catalogue of parts quickly and recreate an ornamental building façade faster than they used to.

3D Printing — A Breakthrough in Architecture

The trend of using 3D printing technology to scan old building façade parts to create replicas has come amid a growing change in the industry. Over the past decade, the industry has seen architects and designers race to create the first 3D-printed house in the world. Projects have already been completed in France, China, Russia and Netherlands. But, it seems that the industry is now up for the next challenge: architectural restoration through 3D printing.

Leaders of this trend hope that more architects and building owners find the freedom to restore captivating ornamental facades to break the monotony of contemporary, sleek designs. These leaders continue to experiment on 3D printing and architectural restoration to further enhance the processes, even on projects where cost dictates design.