RBA - House 2

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RBA - House 2 by rba Jul 1, 2013


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1:100 concept model for a house design in Western Australia. Modelled in Archicad, the .stl's were then cleaned up with Netfabb and printed with a Replicator 2 using the makerware slicer. We experienced a few less printing issues than with House 1, yet there was still some curling issues and a few other inconviences along the way.

This design also called for multiple louvres and a few other add on pieces that have been printed seperately and glued on afterwards (front fences, fireplace flue, etc).


Printed with 10% infill, 0.22mm layer height and 3 shells using Makerware with the Makerware slicer. Printed in 4 ground sections due to size of the build plate and the associated curling issues with bigger prints.

There should be no need for support as required support has already been modelled under the large openings (these are easy to either cut or snap out) compare the photos to the model if these are not obvious. Also the 'thermal corners' around the sections seemed to minimize the curling issues on our printer.

Roof sections were printed on their sides to get the best surface finish.

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Great model, what are dimensions of the assembled model?

Nice work
Would you share the support free STL files ?
Thank you!


Unfortunately this is how we modeled it so we don't have one without the support elements, however the supports are designed to be very easy to cut out.



Can't quite work out where all the misc parts go from the pics. Some assembly instructions pls?

Hi Maddavo,
There are four fence panels that go out the front, two louvre panels (one small, one large) that go on the windows on the second storey front and back (I think there are two of these types in file, one with smaller apertures, one with larger apertures, take your pick) Then there are 3 louvre panels that go between the columns in the outdoor area and the flat canopy that juts out from the side of the house near the entrance door. (as well as the chimney and roof over the service area next to the garafe)
I think that is all. If I've left anything out let me know, and if you are making a model of it we would love to see it!

Amazing work! Do you have an approximate idea of how long (in total) did the prints take?

Hi Fernando,

Total print time for this model was about 24 hours, with some of the larger pieces taking up to 5 hours to print. It took quite a while longer to actually get all the pieces printed successfully as we had some issues with curling and a few other issues, but the whole model came together in about a week. Thankfully you can always work on other things while the bot is printing!
The model is also quite large being almost half a metre in length.

Thanks for your comments,


Amazing! Do you have the models of the car and the persons??

Hi Alfalfasecas,

Unfortunately we haven't yet found a model that works on our printer for cars or people so these ones are just from the local hobby shop. If you find some .stl's that work be sure to let us know.


Very impressed with your design , already started printing it . But did you design the whole house at once using Archicad then my question is how did you end up with 8 .stl files for it ? In other words did you use Archicad to split the house or used something else?

Thanks Gaganesh,
Yes Archicad was used to split the model into suitable chunks to fit the build plate, and also to make it possible for clients to easily view the different spaces. If you do print the pieces it would be really good to see how it prints for you so be sure to send us a photo of your results.



fantastic work! your posts are going to exponentially boost sales for makerbot to the architectural community... with the price point and the proven possibilities you show, how every firm doesn't have at least one bot and a dedicated bot-monkey (like ourselves) at this point is beyond me... keep 'em coming... cheers!

Thanks Phil - we would love to see what other architectural practices are doing with the Bot. There is a lot of knowledge developed with the use of the printer specific to the type of objects modelled.