W Scott Allen, associate architect and designer at the New York office of the global architecture firm Perkins+Will, discusses how rapid prototyping on a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer profoundly changes an architect's creative process.

The MakerBot Replicator 2 "frees us up to test more ideas for clients and come at a nicer solution in the same timeframe," says Allen. "You can almost print at the same speed that you can draw."