3D color printing makes solutions tangible for clients

WYK Associates, Inc. is the first architectural company in the region to employ new technology.

WYK Associates, Inc. welcomed the New Year by taking a leap of progress in architectural design. By acquiring a color 3D printer, the Clarksburg architectural-planning firm puts themselves on the map as an industry leader in the region.

Our refined modeling process allows our clients to see and touch a new building at scale, but with its actual features. It enables our clients to make educated choices with less variance between their expectation and the actual outcome.

The decision to purchase a color 3D printer was not made lightly. Evaluating different brands, methods and technologies in 2013 and visiting maker labs and distributors in– and out-of-state, WYK opted for a solution tailored to the architectural environment and the company’s clients, by choice the “greenest”, most environmentally friendly model available to date.

The Harrison County Economic Development Alliance Corporation, who assisted with financing the new equipment, recognizes WYK for these efforts and applauds us for taking our company to the cutting edge. “Bringing this technology to our community benefits many different types of businesses by allowing for improved decisions, stronger communication and increased fundraising, just to name a few,” says David Jones, President of the organization, which promotes the economic prosperity and advance of 
Harrison County businesses.

To unleash the full potential of the 3D printer, WYK is partnering with a trusted in-state consultant offering 3D laser scanning. Combining the two technologies, existing buildings are scanned to the accuracy of one millimeter and then recreated as scale models on the 3D printer. An exciting combination – another first for the region – producing results greater than the sum of its parts.

The possibilities are endless, and we have only just begun. Please contact us at your convenience to learn, how we can use our new services and technology to your advantage. We are excited, and hope you will be, too!

James Swiger, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C
President, Principal-in-Charge


Further Press:

Modeling The Future, Bloomberg BusinessWeek and The Register-Herald, Beckley, W.Va.
The Exponent Telegram by Jeremiah Shelor,  March 1st
WYK Associates, 3D Printer, The City of Clarksburg, by John Paul Nardelli