Free 3D CAD Models
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At CADFM we’re committed to offering opportunities for all and we believe that can be achieved locally via our C-VAP (Community Value Addition Project) which offers education in CAD (Computer-Aided Design), product design and product development.
C-VAP was launched in January 2020 as a ground-breaking scheme to help educate those that aspire to have a career in design, irrespective of their starring point or any barriers to their success, and to plug the ever-growing skills gap in the design sector.
C-VAP draws on knowledge of industry insiders and aims to promote community involvement and to bring together people from different backgrounds who have a
shared interest in design.
In doing so we hope to increase each individual’s confidence in their ability by encouraging them to share best practice and to help one another improve their practical skills in design and product development. Despite the unprecedented challenges, C-VAP has been incredibly successful, and we are excited about the future of the project.
As part of the C-VAP project, we provide CAD 3D models which are free to download and can help students to gain an insight into some of the design techniques employed by architects and builders on some of the world’s most famous landmarks. These can be seen below.
3D models are an invaluable tool in helping students to understand the basics of design such as proportion and allows them to see the dimensions and relationships between each part of the structure rather than having to visualize them as was necessary using more traditional teaching methods and was a particularly difficult skill for newcomers to the world of design.
Being able to print and examine CAD models is crucial for design students as 3D modelling is the future of the industry and knowledge of how CAD works and what can be achieved via this modelling method will be invaluable for their overall knowledge of the subject.
3D models are more visually striking and therefore stay in the mind of the viewer for longer. They also reduce the risk of a student looking at a 2D model or drawing – or even a 3D drawing – and imagining the 3D construction incorrectly.
In the design world, 3D modelling has made it far easier for designers and architects to convey their vision to clients and have allowed for design errors, previously only discovered once work is underway, to be identified early and rectified, saving time and money.
They have also made international collaboration more convenient as 3D models can be sent online and printed anywhere in the world. They have also reduced the need for discussion and questions where there is a language barrier as there is less need for interpretation.
But it’s not just in building design that 3D modelling has made great strides. It is also increasingly being used in all types of engineering to produce models which are more accurate, more rapidly available and give a clearer representation of the end product than ever before. So, you can see that 3D modelling is here to stay and will no doubt be used more widely as people come to understand more of what it can do.
Indeed, 3D modelling has already been used to enhance all of these industries; architecture, construction, industrial design, automotive, aerospace, military, dental, medical, biotech (human tissue replacement), fashion, footwear, jewelry, optometrists, education, geographic and food.
One example is the Chilean mine disaster in 2010. Using 3D modelling, authorities were able to recreate the mine on a smaller scale and use it to plan the rescue effort. At CAD-FM we think it is important that everybody is given the chance to learn about 3D modelling and design so that nobody is excluded from participating in such efforts in the future simply because of their background or upbringing.
Of course, CAD would be useless without 3D printing so it’s also important to understand how the two are linked and what goes into creating a 3D model. 3D printing relies on STL (STereoLithography) and other similar files formats.
Once an STL file has been created using CAD software, it can then be made into a 3D CAD model. 3D printing is far more cost-effective to businesses than previous design options and also makes necessary amendments easier to identify making the whole process more streamlined and improving productivity and efficiency.
For anybody seeking a role in the design industry, understanding the fundamentals of 3D printing and how it works alongside CAD to produce the models that you can see below is vital. Our C-VAP makes sure that opportunity is available to all who need support in gaining the necessary knowledge and experience to access the industry.
The models which we provide are completely free of charge and are available for anybody to download. They are provided as part of the C-VAP with the aim of helping to educate children and adults who have an interest in design but need a helping hand to get their foot on the ladder within the industry.
We hope our models will help to teach students not just about the design process and how CAD and 3D printing work to provide these stunning visual models, but that in doing so they will also gain an insight into the history of these fabulous marvels and also some of the historical methods associated with design and construction and the limitations put upon designers and architects over the years.
This should help them to understand some of the challenge’s designers have faced and give them an appreciation of just how beneficial CAD and 3D printing are in modern design, construction and engineering fields.
These models are close representations of the monuments/marvels but given the size of them compared with the real landmarks, it has not been possible to include some of the detail. They are, however, to scale and the key components of the structures are clearly visible. Each model comes with an information sheet which tells you a bit about the history and construction of the structure and explains some of the major design decisions which were deployed and the reasons for those.
We hope that you enjoy printing and using these 3D models for your own education and for that of others. If you have any questions about any of the models, CAD in general or the C-VAP please get n touch. We’d love to hear from you.
This 3D model of Tower Bridge was developed using commercially available CAD modelling software (see below for available file formats). The model has been optimized for 3D printing with commercially available printers. It has been designed to be printed as a single piece, and can be easily scaled to the desired size.