Platonics Ark: World's First 3D Printer Designed For Architects

The instruments for presenting the concepts of architects have been revolutionized through the development of Platonics Ark. It is the world’s first 3D printer designed specifically to meet the needs of architects.

The developer, Platonics, is based in Helsinki, Finland. The company has been creating the first 3D printer for architects for almost two years. Its goal is to make 3D printing efficient, easy, and fast for architects, and now, the company has come up with the first 3D printer that would transform architects’ ideas into reality.

The Ark could print drawings made directly from the Archicad, Revit, Sketchup, Rhino, and Vectorworks. It can print fast and easy in 3D in just a matter of minutes with its time-saving software. The printer requires minimal maintenance, self-calibrates, self-configures, and automatically cleans itself. Its software could also convert the CAD files into 3D printable STL files and fix any errors. Its web application is compatible with all OS and it is an open filament system, according to Platonics’ website.

Platonics Ark printer is best for printing a model for a certain drawing such as a house or any edifice or its part. This could properly present the architect’s design to clients, in which they could better understand the concept of the architect for the proposed project. It will definitely help the architects as well as the clients to determine the best ideas for the project resulting in a successful development.

Platonics explains that a model in three dimensions says more than a thousand renderings and drawings; traditional modeling often takes a lot of effort and time and it is mostly done only once or twice during a project. Platonics added that with 3D printing, you can use scale models at each stage of your design process efficiently.

“2D drawings and 3D renderings transform an idea into a project, but scale models turn a project into a reality in the mind of the beholder,” said Platonics.

According to 3Ders, the printer could use various materials in printing the models. These include wood, matte, transparent, clay, terracotta, copper, concrete, granite, and bronze materials.

Currently, Platonics has launched an Indiegogo campaign for the crowdfunding of the printer. As of now, the printer is only available in Europe through Indiegogo. The pricing for first backers starts from €2,095 or about $2,472. The deliveries for early backers are slated in April 2018.

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Prince performs at half time during Super Bowl XLI between the Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears at Dolphins Stadium in Miami, Florida on February 4, 2007. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)

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It’s hard to believe it’s been more than half a year since Prince’s death. It feels like it was just last week – although, in fairness, so do the deaths of David Bowie and Alan Rickman, which happened within just a few days of each other in January, setting off a year of what has seemed like an excessive number of beloved celebrity deaths – not to mention scores of national and international tragedies, the most bizarre and disturbing election in US history, and, recently, a clown invasion. Stop it, 2016…just stop it. All of it. Honestly.

While Prince’s family, friends and fans may still be grieving, no one can say the musician hasn’t been given a proper sendoff. This week, fans have been given the opportunity to visit Paisley Park, Prince’s estate and production complex in Chanhassen, Minnesota. The estate has been turned into a memorial and museum, and visitors must have felt the presence of the late star as they wandered the halls and studios. No one was expecting his literal presence, however, so it was a surprise to see an urn containing Prince’s ashes displayed in the atrium.

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Paisley Park

Even more surprising was the appearance of the urn, which had been designed as a scale model of Paisley Park itself. Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson and her son President Nelson approached custom urn design company Foreverence for help in creating an urn that would memorialize the singer in the way his family believes he would have wanted to be memorialized. Foreverence, which 3D prints personalized, artistic urns for both people and pets, was honored by the request and agreed to work with the Nelsons on the design.

This wasn’t Foreverence’s first celebrity urn request; recent notable creations include urns for late Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland and Motörhead bandleader Lemmy Kilmister, another victim of 2016. Prince’s urn, however, may be the most elaborate one the company has ever created. 3D printed in ceramic and glass, the vessel is not only shaped like Paisley Park on the outside, but on the inside as well.

The 19″ x 18″ x 14″ urn opens to reveal a scale model of Paisley Park’s atrium, along with Prince’s iconic purple piano, some ornamental white doves, and his famous symbol on the carpet. There’s even lighting on the inside. The ashes are sealed into one of the columns of the miniaturized building. According to Foreverence, Tyka and President created much of the design themselves, including the large purple version of the symbol on the outside of the urn. The symbol is inlaid with seven crystals that were hand-selected by Tyka, who laid the final crystal herself, as seven was the favorite number of the highly symbolism-oriented Prince.

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“We are truly honored and humbled to work with Prince’s family to pay tribute to one of the greatest musical artists of our generation,” said Pete Saari, CEO and founder of Foreverence. “We believe that everyone’s a legend to the people who love and miss them the most.”

It’s a bright and sparkling tribute to a bright, sparkling, colorful artist. The urn, which is much larger than those typically produced by Foreverence, has pushed the company further into the spotlight; only two years old, they’ve already been drawing a lot of attention for bringing art and beauty to a typically depressing industry. Thanks to their recent series of celebrity requests, Foreverence is likely to continue to see their business grow as more people become aware of the opportunities available for creating personal and lovely memorials. Discuss in the Prince Memorial forum at 3DPB.com.

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Paisley Park interior [Image: Associated Press]

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