geologist cuts 3D maps in wood using satellite data geologist cuts 3D maps in wood using satellite data
mar 11, 2016

geologist cuts 3D maps in wood using satellite data

geologist cuts 3D maps in wood using satellite data
(above) 3D wooden map of bay area
all images courtesy of wooden 3D maps




a geologist took advantage of his digital mapping knowledge and started transferring digital satellite data into reliefs in wood using a CNC router. the essence and motivation behind the project is to give maps another dimension. to do so, the digital satellite terrain data was converted into 3D models, adjusting scales to give an impressive look on wood. the dark layers of glue on the plywood play the role of the isohypse lines as on topological maps. the maps result in an educative object for blind people but can be used by anyone.


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