The use of rapid prototyping for architectural concept modelling

Ian Gibson*, Thomas Kvan

*Corresponding author for this work

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This paper describes how Rapid Prototyping technology has been integrated into a conceptual design course in the Department of Architecture in The University of Hong Kong. Students have been using this technology for nearly 3 years now and the demand for models and the range and complexity of the models is ever increasing. A number of factors have been found to be of general interest, including the constraints of technology used, the use of colour, material and texture, and applications. Some observations on use of software are also included. As a result of this program, a large research project is now looking into the differences in the teaching of design and conceptual modelling to Architectural and Mechanical Engineering students.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDearborn, MI, USA
PublisherSociety of Manufacturing Engineers
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameSME Technical Paper
PublisherSociety of Manufacturing Engineers


  • Concept modelling
  • Rapid prototyping


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