Where Innovation and Technology Merge
When Centerbrook Architects & Planners needed complex component parts for an architectural presentation model, they did what they have done for the past 4-5 years. Patrick McCauley, who runs Centerbrook’s model shop, called on the capabilities of Laser Reproductions to create dimensionally accurate, timely components for the model, particularly the curved wall components and the curved window frames.
Combining Laser’s SLA components into Centerbrook’s model, the finished product was to be 52” x 12” x 20”.
Laser began by studying the geometry of the parts. The operations management team knew that build orientation would be critical, so they laid out all SLA models in the best orientation possible to promote good stability after bonding. Each component was strategically ‘sectioned’ to promote ease of assembly while maintaining good build quality.
Keeping in mind the intricate detail within the building and the size of the parts, Laser chose to use Accura 25 resin and the iPRO machine which has a capacity of 25” x 30”. This was the ideal machine because it could build the detail that Centerbrook needed as well as build sizes that could be assembled with ease.
Laser Reproductions completed and delivered the parts in eight days. Rapid prototyping was one of myriad techniques used to produce the model that will be used for architectural analysis as well as client presentations. The model that Centerbrook designed and created is of an Academic Laboratory Building for Southern Connecticut State University. It will be a University Science and Technology building used for R&D targeted towards the latest advancements in modern technology, nanotechnology, and other technological advancements.
Centerbrook and Laser Reproductions have developed a relationship that has been in tact almost five years. Centerbrook looks to Laser for their expertise in creating highly detailed model components in a short period of time. They knew that Laser would be able to find a solution for building large SLA parts with intricate geometry. After receiving the finished SLA parts for the SCSU building, McCauley said, “They look great! I am very impressed. Thanks to you and your team for the fine work.”
Below are pictures of Centerbrook’s final model.