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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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    AUTODESK UNIVERSITY NO. 15

    In his main-stage presentation at Autodesk University 2007, Autodesk CEO Carl Bass cited several key trends in the world of architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC): increased digitization, increased globalization, a boom in global building and infrastructure, the rising cost of energy, and climate change. He made the case that technology is required for more efficient and more sustainable design, building, and maintenance of that new infrastructure worldwide.

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