A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
With 2,000 years of history and over 8.7 million residents, London is undoubtedly one of the great capital cities of the world!
Working on digital 3D Models of London all our professional lives, we fell in love with its ever-evolving skyline, its distinctive shapes and the architectural beauty of its landmarks and world heritage sites. Finally, after many requests from our friends both in and out the industry, we are incredibly proud to introduce our 3D Printed model of London.
AccuCities - the company and team behind this project - capture digital 3D Models of UK cities for Architects, Planners and Construction companies. In the 5 months since we incorporated we have finished the initial 25 square kilometres of our digital 3D Model of London. Once finished in January 2018, our digital model will cover 40 square kilometres of London, from Buckingham Palace to Canary Wharf, from the City of London skyscrapers to the exciting new Diplomatic Quarters of Nine Elms (see map below). Because we own this digital data, we were able to produce a prototype 3D Printed model of 6 square kilometres (see map - Yellow Tiles) to launch this project on Kickstarter.
The 3D Model is printed in 14 by 14 cm tiles and customers will be able to buy any part of the model as a stand-alone tile or connect multiple tiles to build a larger model. Tiles are fully modular and can be easily attached to each other using built-in magnets, hung from a wall or left on a table top as a contemporary decoration.
The 3D Printed model will be available in two sizes. Large model tiles have larger buildings and cover 500 by 500 metres of real-world London. Small model tiles cover a much wider area of 1,000 by 1,000 metres and therefore have smaller buildings. This allows you to chose a 3D print suitable to your needs, preference and available space.
For our prototype we have 3D Printed 6 square kilometres - 24 Large model tiles and 6 Small model tiles. All prototype tiles were 3D Printed in London using professional SLS 3D Printers. The tiles are well made from a sturdy and durable plastic, making them a perfect gift for architects, real-estate professionals and all others who love this fantastic city. With our background in city planning, we are able to include major consented and under-construction landmarks in our models.
Get your 3D Print and watch the skyline grow into shape. Models come packaged in a stylish box with free worldwide shipping.
Back us on Kickstarter today and get your own little piece of London.
This tile covers City of London tower cluster and includes consented and under construction skyscrapers all the way to 2025.
This tile covers large parts of Southwark on the south bank and City of London on the north bank of the River Thames. It includes landmarks such as The Shard, Tate Modern, London Bridge, Southwark Bridge, Millennium Bridge and Cannon Street Rail Bridge.
This tile covers large parts of Southwark with the new London Bridge Station on the south bank. On the north bank of the River Thames there is the Walkie-Talkie, Tower of London and Tower Bridge.
This tile covers a large part of the City of London and includes St Paul's Cathedral, Barbican Centre and Bank of England.
This tile covers a large part of the City of London and includes Royal Courts of Justice and Smithfield Market.
This tile covers large parts of Southbank and River Thames embankments. It includes Tate Modern, currently under construction One Blackfriars and the consented Jenga Tower development.
Risks and challenges
We now know that the magnets we used in our prototype are not strong enough and will have to be re-designed, this is fairly easy to achieve.
We have already captured 25 square kilometres and still need to capture an additional 15 square kilometres. We already have source imagery and the capture is steadily underway at 4 square kilometres per month.
As we own the source data, we can produce this 3D Model affordably, however, the cost of professional 3D printing is still significant. If we are unable to produce the final product at our required cost, we would need to consider making the final tile slightly smaller at 13 by 13 centimetres.
Our 3D Model of Tower Bridge will be updated to include better representation of this landmark.