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Printing 3D Topography Maps

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Terrain2STL

Terrain2STL allows you to easily create 3D STL models of the surface of Earth.

Zoom into the area you want to model and click on the Center To View button. Go to the Model Details area and change the size and rotation of the model area. Vertical Scaling can be set to 2 to amplify smaller features. Click on the Create and Download button when set.

The resulting .stl file can be used with your 3D printer or printing service to print out the terrain model.

Hint: If your model includes both land and water, set Water Drop to 1 mm to outline where water and land meet.

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Topo Maps on Thingiverse

For many locations, maps have already been digitized and posted to Thingiverse. If you have a particular location in mind, try searching for it.

Making 3D prints from LIDAR Data

This video shows you how to make incredibly detailed 3d landscape models from publicly available LIDAR data. While not simple, the workflow uses free or very cheap software.

YouTube URL
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4-ICkvyJv0
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The Terrainator

Don't have access to a 3D printer? The Terrainator is an alternative to Terrain2STL that allows to to select a location and have them print it for you.

Uses a simple Google Maps type interface -- not obvious from this thumbnail -- that is interesting to see in action. No purchase or sign in required to see it in action. Terrain2STL is probably a better bet if you can print out .STL files.

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Terrain2STL Lets Users 3D Print Topographic Maps from Google Maps Data

This article from 3DPrint.com explores the different options for producing a 3D "STL" model from topographic map data and explains why Terrain2STL is so special.

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How to 3D Print a Map of Anywhere in the World

Want to create your own .STL files? In just 22 "simple" steps, you too can print a 3D topo map of anywhere.

While it can take a while, you do end up with a unique view of your world.

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Mt. St. Helens 3D Print Map

Here's an example map of Mt. St. Helens.

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