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iKix is the innovation leader in providing 3D printing Services in India. iKix creates precise, detailed and colourful replicas of your design with in short duration. We offer Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) and Polyjet based 3D Printing or Additive Manufacturing machines and also Softwares like CATIA, 3DVIA, DELMIA etc..
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  Intr  oduc e s ment T oo l  Architectural Modeler in Indi a   ntr  oduc e s 3D Printing as Project Manage ■ iKix  –    An  architectural modeling ser  v ic e  based in India and serving the w orl d   ■ C hall e n ge    –   Helping architects, b ui l der  s and their teams save time, labor and materials  by reducing error  s   ■ Solution  –   Using 3D printing as a  pr  oj ect management t oo l   ■ R  esul t s    –    ã   Architects, their contractors, their clients and their  permitting a g encie s can view  projects in three dimensions   from the earliest stages for deeper under  s t anding.   ã   Improved communication sh av e s  3  percent to 8  percent o c on s truction  budgets because of savings in time labor and m at eri al s.   ã   Errors, oversights and poor dec i s ion s are captured  prior to the onset of c on s truction.   ã   3D  printing  provides models in s i x  to 10 days versus a month, whic h  is the typical turnaround time for a handcrafted model .   ã   Since iKix architectural models are   modular, architects and their c lients can move  pieces at will to r  ec onfi gur  e de s ign s.   ã   3D  printed models can easily be di smantl ed,   Packed, moved and r  e a s semb l ed.   ã   3D  printed models emerge directly fr  om   3D design data for a level of accuracy f  ar superior to handcrafted model s.   “… we can print a model of a community of 1,000 acres  –    including homes, s c hoo l s, churches, temples, go lf courses and more  –   in s i x weeks versus five months f  or    handcrafting the model”    –   R. “ Parth a”   P ar  tha s ar  ath y iKix  R  o sed al e  by ETA St ar  , Chennai Indi a  In his two decades in the computer-aided de s ign industry, R. “ Parth a”  Parthasarath y’s  first que s tion to clients has always been, “W hat  problems can w e solve for y ou?”   “Getti ng our  projects to market more quickly ,”  w a s the inevitable an sw er  .  In the AEC world, Partha has discovered that pr  oj ects are often delayed due to two main reasons  –    in ap  pr  o-  priate communication and lack of scientific  pr  oj ect m an a g ement .   Discovering 3D  printing   Just two years ago, however, Partha di s c o v ered a technology that off  ered an entirely fresh way   to compress time to market for architects and   everyone involved in  building projects: 3D  printing.  With 3D  printing, one could  provide on-dem and identical sets of three-dimensional physical model s of  buildings and communities at every stage of a  project to every stakeholder. He instantly r  e aliz ed that this would dramatically improve c ommunic ation, increase eff   ciency and eliminate costly errors. Thu s was  born iKix, Indi a’s   first service bureau chain f  or architectural  3D  printing Services in India.   B ased  in Chennai, capital of the state of T ami l Na du, iKix serves top Indian architects   and c on s truction companies like Hiranandani, ETA Star and L & T South City. Though  based in India, iKix is a glo  b al company. It accepts orders online and deliv er  s models in the United States through its  par  t ner IDEAL Scanners & Systems, Inc., US A .   iKix h a s created about 200 architectural models for U.S. customers alone.   C hall e n ge   Ineffi ciency of handcrafted model s   The traditional method for creating an ar  c hit ect ur  al model is handcrafting in cardboard or Styr  of  oam.   B ec au se  of the long lead time and expense r  equir  ed to  produce such a creation, architects u s ual ly commission these models only when it’s  time t o reveal final  plans to the  pub lic .  iKix, however, can “3D    print” a typical  project in s i x to 10 days, far less than the month that handc raf  tin g a  model requires, according to Partha. “In  fact, w e can print a model of a community of 1,000 acres  –    including homes, schools, churches, temples, g o lf courses and more  –   in six weeks versus five months for handcrafting the model,”   he s a y s.   “The  time and cost advantage is even more  pronounced when  p l an s change and models need to be modified on the fl y .”  3D  printin g’s   value stems from its  br  e akthrough ability to print three-dimensional physical o  b  j ects from 3D data. It operates in much the same w a y   as a traditional offi ce  printer produces doc uments from word-processing data. iKix uses the S  pectrum  Z ™   510 full-color 3D  printing sy s t em  from 3D Systems, maker of the worl d’s   f  a s te s t  3D  printers and the only ones capable of  printing in multiple c o lor  s.  The Z5 10’s ag ility enables architects and  pr  oj ect managers to quickly obtain multiple  ph y s ic al models of a  project  –   one for the architect, the client, the general contractor, the s ubcontr  act or  s and the civil authorities. “A 3D  printer is more th an  a  prototyper  ,”  says Partha. “It   has become a  pr  oj ect management t oo l .”   So lution   3D: the way we think    Ar  c hit ects  and contractors have tr  a ditional ly worked from 2D  plans. While seemingly  prec i se,  2D  plans in fact lend themselves to interpr  et ation    –   and thus misinterpretation. “The   human mind thinks in three dimensions, not two ,”   e xp l ain s Partha. “The   architecture community c ommunic ate s in two dimensions only  because there has n’t  been  ar   Chennai Indi a   o se a e  y t     hennai Indi a   Rosedale by ETA Star Chennai India K  athipar  a  Grade Sep ar  at or    T ami l  nadu Government, Chennai Indi a   “3 D printing is a  br  e akthrough that I  believe will r  edefi ne technical communication f  or the next 200 y e ar  s.”    –   R. “ Parth a”   P ar  tha s ar  ath y iKix a viable technology for readily communicating in   three dimensions until now. 3D  printing is a  breakthrough that I  believe will redefine t ec hnic al communication for the next 200 years. Every de s ign should  be represented in 3D, and soon will  be.  It is my sincere desire that all architects move t o  3D soon. Every customer of iKix has come  b ac k repeatedly for subsequent projects. They h av e found the  benefits irr  e s i s tib l e.”   C on s ider   a typical large residential   c ommunity . It takes perhaps three months to design and 15 months to build. T w o   months into c on s truction, with all trades working from 2D  blueprints,  the architect sees something amiss due to a misinterpretation of the  plans. A misplaced wal l . Or a staircase headed for a support column. The choices are 1) tearing everything down after 20  percent of the  project is  built, incurring m aj or lo ss  of time, labor and material; or 2) ac c eptin g the mistake and continuing construction. Neither    option works. Handcrafted models don’t  solve the  problem. They are approximations of the plan whi l e a 3D  printed model essentially is the  p l an.   “W hat is intended in  plans is often starkly diff  erent from what is execut ed,”  observes Partha. “T h at’s why iKix clients are commissioning 3D  printed ph y s ic al models from the earliest stages of the design and avoiding these catastrophes. Clients bring us in early and start making models   from the c onc ept stage, which is yielding project   m an a g ement savings in the 3 to 8  percent range, which is hug e given the size of their construction  b udg ets.”   “The  value of the iKix models are really in the time and money saved due to cost and time o v errun s av oided,”  says Chander Seetaraman, CEO of CS D e s ign s,  a top design firm in India and an early iKix user. “They  pay for themselves right at the e arly stages of the  pr  oj ect .   Partha offers the example of a recent urb an residential project with hundreds of clustered u nits. The client was happy with the  plans,  but when he saw the 3D  printed model, he immediately w orried the units were too crowded together. The ar  c hit ect moved a pool and fi t ne ss  club into the center of the site to ease the congestion. This is a solution that  all  parties would have otherwise missed  –   until the  buildings were halfway up .   Civil engineering projects need physical model s, too, according to Partha. When offi cials ar  e  planning to build a highway o v erp a ss,  for e x amp l e, they must  plan temporary tr  affi c flows over the various phases of the job. Having 3D  ph y s ic al models for every stage eliminates confusion and improves construction effi c iency .   R  esul t s   Options and changes are e a sy   Unlike hand modelers, iKix is able to  present c lients with multiple options for  projects at the e arlie s t stages. “If   you  present a client with four de s igns   option s,”  Partha s a y s,   “a  client is likely to c hoo se a fifth by requesting elements of the first f  our  .”   Not only can 3D Systems 3D  printers  print that fif  th option on demand, clients can move 3D  print ed models of  buildings, pools and  parking lots ar  ou nd at will so they can reconfigure a design on the s  pot . Th at’s    because iKix  purposefully builds its model s in  a modular fashion. Handcrafted models,  b y contrast, are fragile and glued in  place, often w ith an off -putting “do  not touc h”  warning.  The modular nature of iKix models also m ak  e s them simple to pack, transport and reassemble at different venues for different audiences. A model used for obtaining building permits, for e x amp l e, can be  packed up and reassembled in the s al e s   offi ce for  prospective occupants to v iew .   B ec au se  3D  prints emerge directly from CAD d ata, they are more accurate than handcrafted model s, and it’s  easy to make multiple copies  –    almo s t unheard of in hand modeling. It’s  also easy to s c al e models up or down without losing d ata.   iKix chose the Spectrum Z510  because of 3D Systems  printer  s’  unique ability to print in multiple c o lor  s. This is an essential capability for non-tec hnic al audiences as well as painting contractors, dec or  at or  s and exterior contractors. Color is also essential f  or applying labels and texture to models for m ax imum imp act .   “ Full-color, 3D  printing simply offers so m an y advantage s,”  says Partha. “It   c ommunic ate s information directly in the way humans think so they can fully, deeply understand what the  pr  oj ect will look like and what the  project will be lik  e.  How can an architect not take advantage of 3D  printing when it will save money and save time? I ask customers to  just try it once. When they do, the  benefits are overwhelmingly obvious, and they c al l us in from the  beginning of the next  project  –   not a s a vendor but more as a  partner. Like the ar  c hit ect .”   R  emember  ,   says Partha: Project efficiency   decreases quite rapidly as the number of stakeholders increases. Proper communication   is therefore key to managing projects well. 3D   printed models are a great way to increase  pr  oj ect execution effi c iencie s.   iKi x  No.58, satya dev A v enue MRC  Na g ar   Chennai - 600 0 28   T ami l  Nadu, Indi a www .ik  i x.in  email: info@ik  i x.in   www.printin3d.com  
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