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The National Parks, redux

3D printed landscapes, 2016


3D prints derived from satellite mapping data, provided by the United States Geological Survey (USGS). Elevation data is converted into a 3D digital model that is then edited for output via a 3D printer, in this case using PLA plastic as the output material. Rather coincidentally, 2016 is also the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

The triptychs are a framed size of 16" x 9"; the depth varies depending on the particular landscape, but is typically about ½". Shown via the links below in pairs of triptychs (my preferred display arrangement). In addition to the triptychs, there are a couple single items, including one cast in bronze from the print that started this whole project, a Grand Canyon dataset printed on a Z-Corp Spectrum Z510.

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  & a companion piece: