The nice people at Sweet Onion Creations focus on building highly realistic 3D architectural models, often making heavy use of 3D printing technology. They’ve posted a video of how they go about the build process, which combines advanced 3D printing with many conventional model building techniques. In the video they construct an amazingly detailed model of a house.
There are many aspects of the model that can’t be 3D printed today, including the basswood siding, fuzzy landscaping vegetation, high-tension cabling and of course the interior electrical lighting. However, the conclusion is clear: combining 3D printing with conventional techniques results in an amazing model.