Create a topographic model to 3D Print from a two-dimensional digitized map

3D printed topographical maps

| 01:00 pm - 02:30 pm

In this 90-minute project-based workshop, learn to locate a topographic dataset for an area of interest from the USGS’s National Map 3DEP Lidar Explorer. You will learn to import, define, and create an image of your desired landscape in QGIS (a free, open source geographic information system software) and how to export and create a 3D model from that image file in Blender (a free, open-source 3D creation software). After, we'll export that model to the makerspace’s 3D printers to bring your once, two-dimensional topographical image into envy-creating three-dimensional 3”x3”x3” desk candy.

This workshop is co-taught by GIS Librarian, Meagan Duever of Research & Computational Data Management and Emerging Technologies Librarian, Andrew Johnson of Research & Instruction.

No experience with listed software or 3D printing necessary. Open to all undergraduate and graduate students. Space limited. Reservations required. Please sign up on the McBay Science Library Makerspace web page’s calendar.

This workshop may be of particular interest to students in Geography, Forestry & Natural Resources, and Geology conducting field work and looking to create a more dynamic poster session with the addition of a three-dimensional object of their research site, as well as artists incorporating landscapes into their works, and avid hikers of any discipline. 

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