Architectural Models

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From CAD to Completion

ESTU is well versed in a variety of materials used in fabricating architectural models.  This includes Sintra (PVC), Dibond (aluminum faced polyethylene), plexi, acrylic, and so on.  Digital tool paths can be generated from CAD files and cut to scale.

A Variety of Materials

The model seen in the header of this page is a 1/3 scale model of a modular house.  The whole piece was cut from 1/4" plywood and painted.  The stacking of lego-like cabinets envelopes a space to create a habitable structure.  The images to the right and left of this text are also from that project.

Custom Detailed Work

The model to the right is a fractal modular tetrahedral lattice structure cut from 1/8" sintra with 1/8" socket head bolting hardware.  No job is too heady.

Complex Assembly

The video to the right is a geodesic structure broken into leaf-like "dodoecants" that come together using neodymium magnetic fasteners.  The orb was used for a spherical board game that utilized play-structures from both Catan and Magic the Gathering.  The premise was to colonize an orbital spall-mall with wi-fi networks.

Scale Simulations

The model to the right was built to simulate a steel fabrication process, where tetrahedral coupling devices would be plasma cut from steel then folded into shape.  Sintra and hot glue were used to simulate a steel and welding assembly method.