Globe University Programs Use 3D Printer as Part of ‘City of Utopia’

Student’s in the architectural drafting and design program recently joined forces with the real estate law class within the legal studies programs to create a 3D model city.

It was called “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood meets City of Utopia,” according to John Hartman, architectural drafting and design program chair.

The city is complete with zoned areas for agricultural, industrial and commercial areas, as well as multi-family and single-family residential houses. The model city also included environmental features, such as a river flowing through the town.

“Not only did this project give my students the hands-on experience of creating a property model that they will be able to use for future projects, they were able to utilize their Revit modeling software to create the various buildings that make up our City of Utopia,” said Hartman.

According to Hartman, the engineering drafting and design students will also lend a hand on this project by modeling various 3D components and printing them on the Fortus (a 3D production system that builds durable, accurate, repeatable parts used by the drafting programs).

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“Additional creative design projects like these allow me to explore more massing and extrusion tools in Revit this quarter,” said Pablo Fenandez.

He added that a public library he designed to look like a book turned out great. (See to the creation in the photo.)

Likewise, architectural drafting and design student Justin Schaar said this applied learning project enhanced his experience with Revit.

“It was advantageous to see the structure I designed placed on a building site, which made it all come together on a larger scale,” said Schaar.

While the project isn’t quite done yet, the effort proved worthwhile.

“There are still final touches to be made,” said Hartman. “This model is a great way to showcase components of our program and this will be extremely valuable for high school student visits and other youth-based architectural workshops we may host in the future.”