Laser Scanning and Architectural Details

  1. Creating architectural details used to be done by hand.
  2. Streamline Automation has created a production system, that includes laser scanning and 3D CNC routing.
  3. Using coated foam and the right shaping equipment either the desired object or a mold can be created from the laser scan-derived, 3D model.

It used to be that the only way to create intricate architectural details was to carve them by hand. Some would say that was a good thing, but with the loss of these kind of craftsman, and the advent of new technology that is no longer true.

One company, Streamline Automation has developed a complete system for creating the most intricate architectural details that includes the use of laser scanning. The new material of choice is reported to be coated foam. For the simpler designs a hot wire tool is sufficient to produce the detail from the foam.

When the design is more complicated a laser scan can be used to generate a 3D model, which in turn can be produced using a 3D CNC foam router. In some cases when concrete is the preferred material the system can produce a concrete mold design at the touch of a button.

It might not be BIM, but it is another link between laser scanning and architecture.

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