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  • Writer's pictureKonstantin Sumtsev

70's Motel Sign - From Concept to Working Scale Model - Part 4

In addition to a 3D rendered model I wanted to create a physical model for the sign. You might ask me, "why is it necessary since you already have a 3D rendered model?" I believe it allows for individuals to explore and see the design from any angle they choose and to create their own prospective on the design. This is even more important when it comes to Set Design & Architectural models as those impact many different individuals. Plus, having a physical model everyone can pickup and hold, turn around, and look at from all angles spawns conversations that will ultimately better the final design.

Having a rendered model does not offer such options easily.

I decided to experiment with the 3D printed model as it allows for precision that I was used to having in drafting to be rendered in a physical form. Several of the parts had to be exactly the same and printing those out was as simple as clicking a button. I could also make several identical models with ease. It also gave me time to continue working on other projects while it was printing (something that modeling by hand does not allow you to do).

Tools Used:

  • 3D Printer

  • Filament

  • Clear Parts Plastic Cement

  • Super Glue

  • SketchUp

  • Sketchup Plugin (Solid Inspector 2)

  • Sketchup Plugin (STL Export)

  • Drill / Rotary Tool

  • 3/16" Drill Bit

  • Acrylic White Gloss Paint

  • Paint Brush

  • Hobby Knife

  • Cura

All the individual 3D printed parts ready for assembly.
Assembled 70's Motel Sign.


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