Professional garden design models made by a 3D printer

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With Spring in sight and dry, warm weekend ahead many of us will to venturing back into the garden for the first time this year.

If you're planning a major overhaul but struggling to visualize it you could be jealous of new technology on display at the Strand Gallery.

These professional garden design models haven't been built, they've been 3D printed.

Original 3D printers work like an standard inkjet printer - except they also add height on every run. But new technology is even more advanced.

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One of the most exciting things about the new 3D printers is that they can support structures which seem to float with no struts underneath.

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Complex designs like this gardens can be printed in 6 hours - far quicker that glueing, sticking and decorating hand made models. According to landscape designer Sarah Eberle the potential is endless:

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For now the technology remains relatively niche and expensive - but 3D printing has big plans for the future.