Oct 07

Architects are famed for their resistance to new and exciting technologies. Reyner Banham, in his “Architecture of the Well-Tempered Environment” stated that architects didnt start integrating air conditioning systems in to housing projects until 40 years after they were invented.
More recently, architects took around 20 years to completely abandon hand drawn “blueprints” in favour of CAD or Computer Aided Design. By 1984 few were taking advantage of the cutting edge systems of the day, namely, Autocad, Archicad and ARC+ . Unbelievably many architects still preferred hand drawn plans, even for projects as complex as Skyscrapers, right up until 1998!
Why are architects so reluctant to embrace new technology?  Is it, perhaps, that they consider themselves the link between the concrete, the logical and the tangible on one side and the artistic, the dreamy and the spiritual on the other?. Architects make dreams come true. An idea thats been developing over many years becomes something real, something people work in and live in. Learning about new software, however helpful it may be, is quite frankly low on the list of priorities.
Yet, Architects are bound by deadlines, budgets, clients and regulations. They need to save time to save money and that’s where we can help.
Polantis was created in 2008 and has 24,000 registered Architects and AEC professionals. We digitise products from leading manufacturers so our users can insert them directly in to their CAD drawings. We are across all CAD formats and we have dozens of clients including Armstrong, Villeroy and Boch and Saint-Gobain.
Polantis is leading a revolution in AEC design. Its similar to the one that transformed the world of engineering some 15 years ago. Engineers embraced the solution provided by Cadenas and made it an industry standard. The message to manufacturers was this «if you do not have ready-made format CAD objects that are exact reproductions of your products then we’ll work with someone who does.» The result? within few years, millions of engineers registered at Cadenas, enjoying millions of CAD objects for free, saving themselves thousands of man-years of useless work.
We want Architects to help us help them. We are pressuring AEC manufacturers to abandon paper catalogues in favour of ready made CAD objects that architects can insert directly in to their designs. It saves architects thousands of lost hours not to mention mountains of  paper. You can help us by registering at polantis.com and enjoy unlimited use of our service for free

Sep 02

[To download thousands of free CAD and BIM models please go to polantis.com]


Short but necessary introduction

Almost everything that you see around you, from the computer (or cell phone) in front of your eyes to the garbage cans in the streets – is designed with the help of a CAD or BIM Program. The thing is, there are dozens of different CAD and BIM Programs, and the ones used to design the chair you’re on, are not the ones used to design the house or office  you’re in.

What we do

– Is quite simple – we take whatever the manufacturer of an architecture related product gives us – be it a 2D sketch, a 3D model of some weird-never-heard-of CAD program or a simple photo – And we convert it in up to 15 different CAD file formats that are currently used by architects + we make a nice PDF technical sheet out of it. This PDF sheet is very important for architects who wish to create costum-made catalogs for their projects – For example, it allows the architect to show his clients exactly what elements he has chosen to furnish a room or a whole project. This makes the buying of the said elements once the project is executed – very easy.

What architects do on our site

All the architect has to do is, choose one or several objects that he desires, choose the file format of the CAD program he uses and download the object (FOR FREE).

Now the VIRTUAL COPY of a REAL product BECOMES PART OFthe architect’s CAD software. When the architect plans or designs, he simply takes that object and places it in his drawings. If he or she are talented, it’ll probably look something like this:

Night view of a Villa

Night view of a Villa

Everything you see in this Computer generated picture, except for the structure itself (the concrete, the stairs, the ceiling and the floors) are 3D objects available at our Free 3D objects catalog.

What manufactures and clients gain

So, this is exactly where the manufacturer MAKES PROFIT. Why? Because the architect brings an image such as this to its client and the client will most likely “fall” for it. It is the architect’s job (well, one of them…) to know and propose the most adequate and most aestetic architectural elements and furniture to its client’s project. We at Polantis, aim to create the most extensive 3D and 2D catalog on earth for the use of architects  and for the benefit of both clients and manufacturers.

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