Case Study
Making 3D Printing Models Easy and Cost-Effective with Quickparts
sla printed model building
Client
LGM
Location
Minturn, CO
Industry
Architecture
Website
service line
Low-volume Production
capabilities used
“We can send our 3D, print-ready files and know what we get back will be accurate, ready-to-go parts.”

Speed and Accuracy on Demand

For more than 25 years, LGM has provided architectural models primarily for high-end residential and resort areas. LGM marries 3D printing to the fields of architecture, engineering, and development to provide state-of-the-art visualization and modeling, enabling their clients to efficiently design, build, and market products.

Challenge

LGM is highly skilled at making architectural CAD files, like REVIT, ready for 3D printing and has been 3D printing in-house since 2000. LGM’s biggest and most high-profile projects need quick turnaround time on large prints and high level of accuracy, detail, and surface finish to achieve the look their clients have come to expect.

Industrial SLA 3D printing provides the right combination of large print size, detail, cost, and speed. However, because LGM’s SLA printing needs are intermittent, they needed a partner that could provide them with a lot of capacity for high-quality parts without the capital and hiring necessary to bring the process in-house.

Solution

With Quickparts’ online, instant-quote system, LGM could customize options for their architectural modeling needs and get initial project cost estimates quickly. LGM creates simple mass models for the project and uploads the 3D CAD file to obtain a quote. “Once the quote is approved and the final file is ready to go, Quickparts just runs with it and gets the part to us,” said Jason Berghauer, Senior Project Manager for LGM.

Charles Overy, Director at LGM, concurs. “We have been using Quickparts for over 14 years. We have benchmarked parts with other vendors, but the quality is just not there. Quickparts is a vital partner we can rely on to deliver excellent SLA parts.”

“We can send our 3D, print-ready files and know what we get back is going to be accurate, ready-to-go parts that plug directly into our process every time,” Jason said. Saving time and costs by streamlining the 3D printing process for clients allows them, in turn, to streamline time and costs on projects for their clients.

“I’m glad I don’t have to worry about build orientation and support structure,” said Jason. “It’s been great to not worry about that or pulling all the supports off to clean a part and get it ready. I can use my time within our own production to focus on other things.”

When comparing Quickparts to other 3D printing companies he’s done business with, Jason noted accuracy as a deciding factor. “We have a higher degree of accuracy with Quickparts,” he said. “We come back because it’s easy, and the cost is there.”

To see the final apartment complex these 3D prints became, visit The Piazza’s website. If you are looking to produce your own architectural models or start any kind of 3D printing project – begin a quote now or contact a manufacturing expert.

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