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    MODEL MILLING

    Rapid prototyping technologies such as 3D printers and stereolithography have achieved some popularity in producing architectural models. But these methods are limited in the size of the models they can produce, and they require expensive materials. So at School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo, we have been working with computer numerical control (CNC) milling to produce architectural models. We have demonstrated the utility of CNC machining by producing a 1:33 scale model of a curvilinear, precast-concrete structure for the Ballingdon Bridge in Suffolk County, England.

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    MIAMI METALS

    Futurist Alvin Toffler said: "You've got to think about big things while you're doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction." He was probably not referring specifically to architecture students, but his statement applies well to students thinking about design concepts when learning to use computer-aided design applications.

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    MecSoft Announces Plug-in for Rhinoceros 3.0: RhinoART — MecSoft Corporation press release, 2006.0822

    General CADD Announces v5.0 Open Beta Test — Tenlinks, 2006.0821

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