3D Model: Virginia Topographic Map

Virginia Topographic Map

Topographic map of Virginia created with a fabulous tutorial by @anoved. Creating height maps of large regions.


Model was requested several years ago by an elementary teacher for use as a classroom manipulative. I could not find a method at the time to fulfill her request. Tweeted a call for assistance and @anoved stepped up with a tutorial. (I cheated and just used his heightmap photo rather than creating my own.)

The base of the model has been thickened for printability and the z-height has been exaggerated for impact as a learning tool. A remix with an accurate z-height scale would be valuable to the community.IMG_5606

Copy of the map has also been given to a local teacher of the visually impaired.

If you would like to print a map of a smaller rectangular region then check out the following easy to use website. http://jthatch.com/terrain2stl/

If you have suggestions for an easier method for creating topographic/height maps of large regions, please leave a comment or contact me on Twitter @DesignMakeTeach

Remix in Tinkercad https://www.tinkercad.com/things/j6njRIhJRhk

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Download Model:  Virginia Topographic Map STL (.zip)

Creative Commons License Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Thingiverse Link: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1512980/