Technology has played a major role in human evolution. Any task today is being more optimum than a decade ago. Now, this is only possible when a CHANGE is brought. This change is particularly what we need, which makes human effort simpler. Let’s take an example of Architecture (because why not, we discuss Architecture here & things around it), earlier we use to HAND DRAFT our sheets for the drawing process. Then one fine day AutoCAD came and it changed the whole industry. And then there were successors of AutoCAD. Now this is evolving every single day, and this can’t stop and so as humans, we also keep learning new software’s to achieve more in terms of goals which we couldn’t achieve earlier.

Now in 2020, we have achieved a great deal in the construction industry yet we are having limitations.  There will always be some or the other limitation. Talking about limitation in Architecture there are different kinds of design approaches. One of it is Form based design. Even if you’re a 2nd year student of architecture you’ll realize you’ll still be able to make plan, section and elevation of the organic shape but what about the PHYSICAL MODEL.

There are many times when we get stuck in design because we’re not confident about the proportions getting it right. Or a certain part of a space of which we want a physical model so that we get an accurate understanding of it. “Prototyping” –  we don’t go there as a task of a single design becomes so hectic, we don’t explore other options and hence losing the new project.

The solution to all these problems is 3D – PRINTING. You might have heard it but today I want all your myths busted about it. We have a detailed blog covering mostly every aspect of this process so if you have wanted to learn this read the blog till the end and Leave a like if you learned something or just enjoyed reading.

What is 3D printing?

It is basically a process of converting a 3d software model into a 3d physical model done by mechanically depositing material layer by layer, so it is called as an Additive Manufacturing method. (meaning nothing gets waste)

The scope of 3D printing is not just limited to Architecture and Interior design, but also used in engineering field, automobile and Aerospace, product design, jewelry design and even in Medical field.

Talking about the BENEFITS of 3d printing it allows you to make unique or customized shapes quickly without start-up costs. As we mentioned earlier it’s an additive process so NO MATERIAL WASTAGE. Desktop printers are getting common where you can print your own design at your home.

You’ll be thinking that’s okay but we don’t know different types of 3D printers and what all materials it uses to make the object. I have got your back.

TYPES OF 3D PRINTING and MATERIALS normally used in 3d printing are FDM (Fused Deposition Modelling) is the technology where we can use materials like Nylon, PLA and other kind of plastic material. This is the most common type of 3d printer.

Other techniques are:

– Stereolithography (SLA) material use is Resin

– Electronic Beam Melting (EBM) works with a directed beam of electrons.

– Direct Metal Laser Sintering with titanium powder.

– Flexible material – Thermoplastic elastomer (TPE)

If it’s not sturdy it is not worth the time and energy. So, let’s discuss the STRENGTH OF THE 3D PRINTED MODEL. There are different varieties of products as mentioned in the above section from which, according to your requirement and convenience you can select one of them which ever suites your design. We can print a high density solid object to a flexible rubber-based model. The difference is the type of material and density of the model.

– PLA (Polylactic Acid) and Resin for tough models and TPE (thermoplastic elastomer) for flexible models

These two topics can be merged but kept away for technical reasons. One aspect of STRENGTH is remaining which we’ll cover in HOW SMALL OR BIG can the MODEL be made??

So, to understand this we need to understand that there are different type of PRINTERS and different sizes of printers. While using we can make the model at once, or if there’s a big model you can join it as per your design. Commonly used printers are desktop printers, which can vary in size but can generally print volume of 25cm x 25cm x 30cm.

But one can make big models like houses, bridges and cycles as well, using different printers which can use concrete, clay and metals to print. For now, the biggest 3d printed building is in Dubai of 640sq.m area. Again, getting back to the topic of strength and scale of the model, if a house can be made, your model can surely be made and it will be strong enough.

The density of the model decides how much time the model will take to finish. A model with low infill density will be completed faster than the one with higher density. Here are a few examples to get an idea of what scale of models takes how much time. Now here in the figure you can see 3 objects. A Pawn, a dice and a Vase.

The pawn took 55 mins, the dice took 2 hours 37 minutes and the vase took 5 hours 49 minutes.

You don’t need to learn a new software for 3d printing. So, the question arises ‘Which software’s 3d model soft copy do I need to provide to get the model?’ You need to generate a 3d software model using any 3d modelling software like Sketchup, Rhinoceros, Blender, Maya, etc. or if you want a replication of any kind of model you just need to 3d scan the model and get the design for printing.

You guys might be thinking that how do I know so much about 3D – printing in such a small time period. Because some of the things which are mentioned here, are such that one can get them, only when one has experienced the process. These are two super Awesome dudes from my college, who are now completely involved in this segment. They have been aware of these technologies for 4-5 years and they got the opportunity to work on this from past 1 year. They have also explored Robotics, Virtual Reality, Laser Crafting. They have their practice named as NASCENCE and they provide solution in the field of Architecture and Product design using 3d softwares and tools like 3d printing and Laser Crafting

Abhishek (L) 7 Pankaj (R)

They believe 3d printing can make a change in Architecture in 2 ways in this field. One is enabling a designer and architecture play around with different ideas and identify design problems in complex geometrical models by printing small scale prototypes for presentation and design development purposes. For example, imagine an architect proposes a special kind of wall tile. You can 3d print the mould for the tile. Secondly, 3d printing the entire building which is happening in china, Dubai, USA, etc. NASA had also conducted a competition of building structures on planet Mars. The winning competition was a design proposal of a modular 3d printed structure.

A creative process where students have the freedom to explore should be incorporated at a very basic level in our educational system, which when introduced at an early age, where they should be aware about this new technology and also that enables the physical manifestation of someone’s thoughts and ideas. The early introduction of students to the new technology will make them fit for the future, when 3d printing will become more and more important for the workplace and everyday life.


The school has taken the initiative to introduce to students of 5th standard onwards to technologies like 3d printing, Robotics, Virtual Reality etc and give bright young minds the exposure to these futuristic technologies.

Lastly discussing the limitations of 3d printing. Since a model is printed layer by layer it takes a lot of time to print the whole model. Every new technology when released in market is expensive as not many people know about it and not many are using it, that’s the reason for it being expensive. Same is happening with 3d printing. I agree it is expensive but when it will be common then the cost of machines will come down which is happening with every new technology.

I hope you enjoyed this informative blog. It was a fun collaboration with Pankaj & Abhishek. If you have learnt anything from this, I’ll request you guys to go follow ‘NASCENCE’ on Instagram. Or just thank them for this fascinating information. Except one,  all the images are made of 3d printing and examples of what you can make through this process. If you have any requirements for 3d printing, you can surely get in touch with NASCENCE.

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Ar. Madhavi Desai: Professor, Writer, Speaker and a Committed Feminist| Ar. Mohsin Sheikh


Welcome back to the blog. Academically architecture is quite romanticized, contrasting to that practicing of architecture as a profession is quite different. Now as a young graduate you think you are not contributing to the optimum level to the society, which you thought you’ll do once you are an architect. Now this is not a common phenomenon it won’t happen to everyone, if you’re someone who’s affected by issues in society you will understand what I am trying to say.

Change in society is difficult to bring about. As an architect the positive here is that we can address nearly each and every issue.    Now This week’s architect is someone who has not just created an impact but also brought about a change through her writings. Madhavi Desai, renowned architect and a passionate writer. In this attempt to run through the milestones of her life and her contribution through the medium of Architecture.

Architecture is a tool where we can affect positively or negatively people’s life. And from history we learn from our mistakes and develop our Architectural sense. If not Documented properly history won’t be adding value to the future.

If you want to destroy a civilization, don’t destroy their money or people, just simply burn their books

Research and Documentation are the two main important aspects of History. And catalyst like Madhavi Desai play an important role in guiding us to our better future.

In the ‘often considered male dominated’ field of architecture, there are numerous women architects contributing commendably to the multifaceted profession that it is. Be it leading the frontiers of design, research, writing, teaching or allied fields, one always finds notable contributions of women. One such versatile architect and personality is Ar. Madhavi Desai. She is a principal architect at the joint studio Archicrafts for about 25 years since 1981, along with Ar. Miki Desai.

Ar. Madhavi Desai has an M. Arch. from the University of Texas at Austin, USA. She also received the senior research fellowship at the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture in MIT, USA and Sarai, New Delhi and also from the Indian Council for Social Science Research, New Delhi.

Besides these she has received grants for various national and international assignments and has been an adjunct faculty at the Faculty of Architecture, CEPT University, Ahmedabad since 1986.

As a passionate writer, she has authored and co-authored some amazing pieces. Her book ‘Women Architects and Modernism in India’, is a fascinating account of era from 1940s, paralleling modernism and unconventional women architects and narratives of their work, life & experiences. This is a remarkable feat because of lack of any pre-existing archives on the matter.

Another very significant piece is the one that she has co-authored with Miki Desai and Jon Lang is, ‘Architecture and Independence: The Search for Identity, India -1880 to 1980’ (1997).This book traces the connection between architecture, independence, culture and aspirations of us as a nation.

It examines the effects of colonization and sheds light on ‘the iconography of the signs and symbols of a culture’ and ‘the role of architecture as a cultural phenomenon’.

Yet another interesting work is the book, ‘The Bungalow in Twentieth Century India: The Cultural Expression of Changing Ways of Life and Aspirations in the Domestic Architecture of Colonial and Post-Colonial Society’, a book that portrays various technological, political and social developments that shaped the bungalow as a building type and its evolution with respect to the same.

It offers a holistic analysis of the connection between architecture, culture and life and is a remarkably commentary on something as personal and intimate as a home. Further on these lines, she has authored the book titled ‘Traditional Bohra Dwellings of Gujarat: Architectural Response to Cultural Ethos’, which elaborates on the community centric dwelling style and eventual development of the same as a typology.

Ar. Madhavi Desai has also contributed to the Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World, published by Oxford, UK in 1997 and was the editor of Women Architect Forum’s Newsletter, Ahmedabad (Since 1993 to 2001).

As a professor, writer and speaker she has graced many conferences and has lectured at many universities in Europe and the USA. She has been an adjunct faculty at the Faculty of Architecture, CEPT University, Ahmedabad since 1986.

At CEPT, she has mentored students on various relevant and sensitive topics such as ‘Introduction to Society and Culture’ and ‘Gender and the City’ as well as ‘Gender and Space’.

Widening the realm of writing further, she has also published articles such as ‘Architectural Education in India: Women Students, Culture and Pedagogy’ and ‘Woman’s Eye, Woman’s Hand: Making Art and Architecture in Modern India’. Being a woman architect’s contribution itself, these articles highlight the contributions of many more so.

It is truly remarkable how intricately weaved and yet how bold and headstrong these works are. It has added on substantially to the pool of knowledge about the South Asian and particularly Indian architecture.

Not only for all the women working in (or wanting to work in) architecture, but Madhavi Desai is an inspiration for many working and aspiring architects.

If you are interested in reading books written by her, I have provided the links below. It takes a lot of effort for such a revolutionary initiative. So, don’t hesitate to tweet to Madhavi Desai and Thank her for the contribution to our society.




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