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Gibson, Ian and Kvan, Thomas
The Use of Rapid Prototyping for Architectural Concept Modelling
SME Technical Paper PE02-222, The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), Dearborn, Michigan, USA
This paper describes how Rapid Prototyping technology has been integrated into a conceptual design course in the Department of Architecture in The University of Hong Kong. Students have been using this technology for nearly 3 years now and the demand for models and the range and complexity of the models is ever increasing. A number of factors have been found to be of general interest; including the constraints of technology used; the use of colour; material and texture; and applications. Some observations on use of software are also included. As a result of this program; a large research project is now looking into the differences in the teaching of design and conceptual modelling to Architectural and Mechanical Engineering students.