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08/06/2017

Tech landscape: Planning in 3D

Words: Mark Smulian

Once a high-tech McGuffin beloved of procedural forensics TV crime dramas like CSI, the 3D printer is now the next must-have tool for developers and planners, says Mark Smulian

The idea of detailed models of buildings being squirted out of a machine might once have belonged in the realms of science fiction, but it is now here and could be coming to a planning application near you.

If past technological leaps are anything to go by, the costs of 3D printing will steadily come down and its ease of use increase, meaning that before long it may be commonplace.

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