A simplified process for 3D printing topographical maps

A simplified process for 3D printing topographical maps

WOOF3D, the 3D printing club of the University of Washington, has put together a streamlined process for 3D printing topographical maps. The project came about after instructor Steve Weidner wanted to print a 3D map of his family’s farm. 3D printing is dramatically changing the practice of cartography. Where once a “printer” could only make a 2D representation of a landscape, nowadays very different kinds of printer can fabricate “maps” that are essentially scaled-down models of the true landscape. Never mind using bright colors to represent topography—3D printed maps put the physical peaks and valleys right before your eyes. […]

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