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iLab-3D Printing with Terrain2STL Maps


He found a very cool site by developer Thatcher Chamberlain called “Terrain2Stl,”

and that did the trick. As we saw back in November, this STL Generator is pretty impressive.


Chamberlain’s site allows a user to position a bounding box around the area of a map they wish to capture. The box area can be defined by features of the site, and simply clicking a “Create STL File” button generates what is generally an error free .STL file.

Richter says that aside from areas such as the Grand Canyon, the models work well.



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    Previewing a SketchUp model in Google Earth is great way to see how your model looks in the context of its surroundings. You start the process in SketchUp, where you optimize the model for viewing in Google Earth. Because Google Earth and SketchUp models can both use a lot of your graphics card’s
  • Importing Preexisting Terrain into SketchUp (and Geolocate a Model) (SketchUp)

    Does the terrain that you want to model exist somewhere outside your imagination and in digital form? Hurrah! You can just import it! Well, sort of. After you import terrain, you usually need to edit it. At minimum, you likely need to clean up the imported data by reducing the number of faces to
  • Importing DEM Files for Terrain (SketchUp)

    Google Earth isn’t the only way to import terrain into SketchUp. SketchUp can also import digital elevation models (DEM), which contain point data relating to terrain elevations. DEM files don’t come in a standardized format, but SketchUp supports the import of two file types: USGS DEM format uses

  • Toggling Terrain Visibility (SketchUp)

    Hiding terrain can improve SketchUp’s performance. Terrain can gobble up a noticeable chunk of your computer’s processing power, but SketchUp doesn’t ask your processor to render hidden geometry. Having a way to hide the terrain is also handy when terrain obscures the bottom parts of a model. Hide
  • Features of Trimble SketchUp Pro 2013 (None)

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  • Using SketchUp Data with Other Modeling Programs or Tools (SketchUp)

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  • Customizing Your Workspace (SketchUp)

    You know how you like to work, and SketchUp enables you to customize the overall workspace to reflect that. In this article, find out what workspace preference options you have and how those options work. Also, check out the tips and tricks for customizing your toolbars and tidying up dialog boxes
  • Communicating Your Designs (SketchUp)

    After you create a 3D model, you likely need to share your design with others. SketchUp’s tools for sharing and communicating how your designs look are as versatile as a Ginsu kitchen knife set. Just like the Ginsu, SketchUp’s section planes enable you to slice your model quickly and easily, so you

  • Sculpting and Fine-Tuning Terrain (SketchUp)

    Whether you import terrain into SketchUp or create your terrain completely from scratch, you likely need to sculpt your terrain or make minor adjustments. With specialized Sandbox tools, you can create berms, ponds, terraced landscapes, and so on. The Smoove tool enables you to model hills and  

Comments (3)

Bob-RJ Burkhart said

at 5:15 am on Feb 26, 2018

Bob-RJ Burkhart said

at 5:19 am on Feb 26, 2018

Bob-RJ Burkhart said

at 5:24 am on Feb 26, 2018

Also see completed examples: http://3dprintingsystems.com/tag/design/

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