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GEO-SPATIAL 3D PRINTING

My fascination with maps, especially relief maps, goes back to childhood. Both of my parents were teachers: maps were all over the house. In college for my senior fine arts project I made a relief map of a hypothetical location out of wood.

Today there’s easy and affordable access to laser cutters and 3D printers, and their potential applications appear endless. While a Data Innovation Fellow at the Vermont Center for Geographic Information and a member at Generator, a Burlington maker space, I’ve found how the mapping and maker worlds intersect through the 3D modeling and printing of terrain and data. As someone working in digital-only Geographic Information Systems (GIS) I was intrigued by the potential of creating analog, material representations.

 

GRAND CANYON

Finding the Lidar for the Grand Canyon proved difficult, and then stitching together multiple files that were several gigs made my computer crash more than once. But printed and painted they are my favorite by far

 
 

VERMONT GEOGRAPHY

Vermont has extensive Lidar data so I did prints of Mount Mansfield, Camel's Hump and the Mad River Ski Resort. I also did prints of Burlington and Little River Reservoir

 
 

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LASER CUTTINGS AND OTHER FORMS

I explored a variety of ways to represent Geo-Spatial data including laser-cutting, painting my running routes as gathered from my Garmin Watch, and Lake Champlain depths.

 
 

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