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3D Topographic Maps of US States

by nlorang Apr 28, 2016
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I have not used this before. The VA I looked at seemed to be low res on the non mountainous area. Is this just the viewer? Or is that how the final product is? If it is low res do you have a higher res version? Thanks in advance for your help.

Awesome share, however you forgot to model ALL of Southeast Alaska! You have the interior and the panhandle, but you don't have the rest of Alaska along the West coast of North America. Before you say, "Who gives a shit?" let me just mention that the very Capital of Alaska (Juneau) is in that un-modeled southestern section of the state. Just in case it matters to you.

Southeast Alaska is too fragile to practically print or cut.

As someone living there, this makes me sad.

First of all thank you so much for this! I was wondering you still have the files of this before the decimation and lower poly count? I would be interested in cutting from the higher resolution files.

Thanks for this, I know what my kids will be doing of holiday break this year.

You've blessed me with a mega step forward in my map knowledge. I'm fascinated with QGIS and this project really lit up some of it's features. Plus I've wanted to create a map like this on my CNC for ages.

I'm printing these, and would like the option to print Alaska in the same projection and scale. Did you ever get around to creating that? Even if it's insane-o large, I'd be really happy if there was a file on the same scale and in the same projection, including all the AK parts including the panhandle. I can separate it (in Meshmixer or something) for printing.

Alternatively, if you have instructions that I might follow to create these myself, maybe I can do it? That would make it possible for me to also create objects of the Canadian provinces and the Mexican states, which are things I'd very much like to do.

This is a really cool project. I like the way it is documented (imgur), great work!

My computer will not open the files that have been provided. How do I get them to open in Aspire software?

Any chance these fit within the constraints of a 220x220 bed?

Try to fit California and Texas. Rotate it a bit and scale down to 40%. Try it out. Once those 2 fit then the rest should fit.

Hi! This is a great design and I am attempting to print it out for my 4th and 5th grade classroom. I am printing the "regions" in different colors as we are learning about the states one region at a time. I am currently working on printing the southeastern region and I am having a problem with North Carolina. I have attempted the print twice and each time it creates a hole across the middle of the state. Any ideas why this may be occurring? Other than this issue, it has been going well and the students are enjoying seeing the final product of each state!!! Any help you could provide would be appreciated!! (BTW...I am using a Makerbot Replicator+ if that matters).

Do you know what scale you settled on for the height? I'm thinking it's around 10x? I'm wondering what it would look like for a bumpy state (like colorado) without the scaling.

If I'm reading my sticky note from a year ago right, the height scale is about 44x the lat/long scale.

Oh wow, yeah that doesn't look very interesting, even in a bumpy state like colorado. I'll pick something that looks good. Thanks for finding that in your "engineering log" :)

Awesome map. Just a quick question. Is the scale of Alaska different than the other states? I scaled all the states to 25%, or .25, but Alaska becomes smaller than CA, and TX. Great job on the conversion.

Good catch -- Alaska is smaller, because I didn't have room on my wall for a proper sized Alaska (I don't think I quite realized how big it should be until after I'd already committed to the overall scale of the continental US). It's also a slightly different projection and missing the SE panhandle. I don't have one handy, but I'll try to upload a fixed and properly scaled version at some point.

Thanks for the update. I am actually also going to try the procedure you described to do a similar project for the national parks. I want to do a 3D topographical map of the major national parks of the US. If you have any tips they are more than welcome.

Alaska is missing southeast panhandle