A quick draw

The RAK Ceramics digital printer for touch-less printing.

He said digital printing has an advantage over printing on textured punches, with RAK Ceramics having 12 such machines. With design development done through the CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key/Black) standard, it is easy for RAK Ceramic’s designers to adjust the colour while making its collections.

Using the digital ink printer, the Stone Art Series, Rajasthan, Tropical and Travettino designs have been created. RAK Ceramics is running its digital printing facility at full capacity due to demand.

The advantages of using such technology include stability of the images, reduction of pigments and reduction in stock of printing pastes, elimination of screens, screen rollers and engraving devices, an easier testing method at lower cost, ability to reproduce natural stones, pictures and drawings, and presence of high definition decoration.

“There are many more advantages but digital printing cannot always substitute traditional methods, especially when we need higher thickness of paste to obtain an embossed effect and strong colours on the surface area,” added Kumar.

Apart from the production process, designers are also taking advantage of modelling technology in the form of CAD+T software, aimed at interior design and interior manufacturing, with its drafting modules based on AutoCAD.

“CAD+T helps designers to organise themselves. The technology allows them to work faster to handle more orders at the same time,” said Marina Schwarz, managing director, CAD+T Middle East.

She pointed out the CAD+T rendering module and online panorama renderer as an example. “The online panorama rendering module is a presentation software for the photorealistic presentation of an idea through to its animation.

The biggest benefit is that it creates renderings 10 times faster than AutoCAD 3D Studio, and has an automatic daylight renderer, which saves lots of time.”

An application for construction/engineering has now been released: the CAD+T Construction Engineer Professional, which is based on Autodesk Inventor, a 3D parametrical system. “This gives our clients the opportunity of profiting off all the benefits for Autodesk Inventor within the interior business as it understands edges, finishes, and profiles,” said Schwarz.

“Most of the designers today start with a 2D concept drawing, most of the time done in AutoCAD 2D. Then they start again to build a 3D model for the rendering. And if it finally comes to production, they have to make shop floor drawings, and end up creating the same information thrice,” she added.

Schwarz said with CAD+T software, designers can start to draw in 2D, with the 3D model automatically generating in the background. The 2D layouts, such as the plan view and elevation can be generated automatically from the system as well.

The 3D model can then be used for renderings or shop floor drawings, where designers have to add construction details. “With this process you can increase your performance by at least 40%,” said Schwarz.

Even with these forward steps, there are certain challenges to working in this industry in the Middle East. According to Maraqa, the only challenge here is spreading information about the technology.

“There is a high demand for technologically advanced products in the interior design market, but we need to inform people. Once designers see the usefulness of a technology, like the 3D printer, they come back as it enriches their business,” he said.

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