3D Vision goes to the surface

The demand for 3D-print in the subsea market has decreased in accordance with the falling oil- prices. The founders of the company 3D Vision took the consequences and started specializing in physical 3D city- models. An early Christmas gift this year is the beautiful city of Trondheim in miniature.

Published: 15 December 2015
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- We are very proud that Trondheim chose us to do the job of making the 14,5 m2 city model. In a time where the demand from the subsea market is low, we are happy to show that we are able to stand out and perform in other markets as well, says founder and managing director in 3D Vision, Ronny Reigstad.

This way you can 3D model land based sites

He tells us that the city model is a traditional landscape with infrastructure and buildings.

- We can transfer this technique directly to the way we would make models of the seabed with different subsea installations. It also shows how we can make large 3D models showing land based sites, refineries, port facilities and similar industrial areas, the founder points out.

Reigstad is clear when he says that he is hoping that the industry in general and the oil & gas industry realizes the opportunities in 3D technology.

Airborne laser scanners

In addition to the actual job printing the city model, it has been a massive job gathering all the basic information.

- We have processed a significantly large amount of information ahead of the printing job, sewed together different map- information with three- dimensional point clouds generated from airborne laser scanners. Together this has given us the best information possible, determines Reigstad.

The correct ground for decision

The up-sides to physical 3D models are obvious.

- This is the kind of model everybody can understand. To be able to actually see an installation or a building in its correct environment with landscape and surrounding buildings, will give you the important and correct ground for decision in the planning phase, concludes the 3D- specialist.

Facts about 3D Vision

The young company 3D-vision is an experienced additive manufacturing service provider that uses state of the art 3D-print technology to produce marketing- models and end user products in various materials, the company are connected to Athenos incubator -program in Stord.

The company is located in the municipality of Fitjar where they have offices and production facilities. In the beginning the main priority area was the subsea market. Now the NCE Subsea- member 3D Vision is looking at new markets. Making the city of Trondheim is the largest contract made in company history, with a total value of 1,5 million NOK.

Now several other Norwegian cities are looking at building similar models done by 3D Vision.

Facts about the Trondheim-model
  • Production scale 1:1000
  • Covers an area of the city of 14,5 km2
  • Model size is 14,5m2
  • The model is consisting of 168 interchangeable and allocated parts
  • It has been built on 14 tables on wheels to provide maximum flexibility and mobility
  • The model is prepared to receive projected pictures, videos and thematic maps onto the model via roof-mounted projectors.
  • Approx. 1,6 GB of basis information has been processed and made ready for 3D print
  • The municipality of Trondheim is the client.
  • Delivery time has been 4 months
  • Handover to the client is the 14th of December
  • The model will be available for the public in downtown Trondheim.
Contact Information

Ronny Reigstad
General Manager, 3D Vision
E-mail: ronny@3dvision.no
Phone: +47 908 05 870