This week’s selection is the huge MANHATTAN city 3D print by Luca Liguori of 3DCityFrames.
A new chart published by AMPOWER shows a comprehensive view of the polymer 3D printing landscape.
A software hack allows export of 3D data from Google Maps for use in other 3D modeling programs.
Watch how a 3D representation of Mt. St. Helens can be produced easily with some know-how and a CNC mill.
Some folks found a way to 3D print full color cityscapes directly from Google Earth.
I bumped into some ready-to-3D print 3D models of the lunar surface.
Looking for an easy way to find 3D printable terrain models? Go no further than TouchTerrain.
A new project hopes to provide an ability for educators to create any type of 3D contour maps.
This week’s selection is the brilliantly finished Crater Lake topographical model by Australia’s Conor O’Kane.
Along with prosthetics, prototypes, jewelry and other increasingly common usage scenarios for 3D printing is one that was discovered years ago but hasn’t seem to grow as much: land models.
NASA has published a very useful Mars exploration tool, MarsTrek, which happens to also provide 3D model download, too.
Some people like to 3D print landscapes. You know, mountains, rivers, lakes and the rest. But where do you get the 3D data for it? We found a service that can do so.
There have been many attempts to print landscapes with 3D printers, but here’s a whole service dedicated to that pursuit: The Society for Printable Geography. While it’s called a “society” it’s actually a specialized 3D print service. The Society uses the Shapeways 3D print service to produce its attractive items. They have a huge… Continue reading The Society for Printable Geography
Of course you can’t *actually* build a dam with a 3D printer. Not yet, anyway. But for now you can build rather nice models of them – and that’s just what Marco Giubelli did with his RapMan 3D printer for his client. The model is of a proposed hydro-electric water storage dam on Lago… Continue reading Dam Building With a 3D Printer
Students at Clevedon School in North Somerset made a volcano. A tiny one – based on NASA 3D data they downloaded and converted into a 3D model. The model was then pushed through a Bits From Bytes RapMan, giving the students the opportunity to see and touch the shape of an actual volcano. In this… Continue reading Replicating The Volcano
RapidToday has a great article exploring several developments in the ability to print geographic scenes in three dimensions. We’ve written about this before, as a few point services offer this capability. But it’s hard to do. In RapidToday’s article, you’ll learn about: How one of the authors of NASA’s World Wind open source geographic project… Continue reading Developments in 3D Geographic Printing
You always wanted a piece of land you can call your own, right? Now you can do that – and carry it with you, too! TerrainPrint is a service that: TerrainPrint can create a 3D model of anywhere on earth. Use our software which works just like Google Earth to choose where you would… Continue reading TerrainPrint!
Well, not the town itself, but a complete 3D model of a new town was created for a new market town outside of Plymouth, UK. Sherford used a variety of photographic, topographical and other techniques to build a highly accurate model of the townsite, which is comprised of some 5,500 homes. The work was done… Continue reading Actual Town 3D Printed
Yet another niche 3D printing service: LandPrint.com, who can “create a 3D model of Any Place on Earth!” To use the system, you must download a special software program (LandPrint Designer) that looks a heck of a lot like Google Earth (but isn’t). Then you browse “the Earth” to identify the location you want… Continue reading Land Printing
PrintWeek reports on a printing company in Wales who have used a 3D printer to produce an accurate model of the Teign Estuary in Devon, UK. Evidently Bluesky’s 3D model includes: a real-world view of the estuary and surrounding area, including trees and buildings. We’ve previously seen 3D prints of objects, buildings and artistic designs… Continue reading 3D Landscapes