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3D Printing for Architects with MakerBot by Matthew B. Stokes

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A culminating example – the floor plan

We will be designing the floor plan for a single-story one bedroom, one bathroom apartment.

Initial design

To start with, let's create a drawing for our floor plan, as shown in the following figure with some basic room sizes:

Initial design

Sketch 1

We have two options for scaling our model: choosing a scale at the beginning and model accordingly, or using the real scale in our CAD package and then scale the model for printing. We'll choose to use the true scale in our CAD model, and then scale accordingly in order to print. While using this method of scaling, we must be careful to ensure we have thick enough walls to print. ...

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