Printing 3d terrain

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Ian Smith
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Printing 3d terrain

Post by Ian Smith » Thu Jun 20, 2013 10:51 pm

Folks,
Can someone tell me how to print 3d terrain please?
I can get an image from Google Earth into Sketchup, but it's not a solid and looks just like a sheet of crumpled paper.
How do I add that 3rd dimension so that I can print it?

Thanks.

Ian

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Re: Printing 3d terrain

Post by Numonic » Mon Jul 08, 2013 2:30 pm

Take that image and try to get a grayscale out of it. From there take that grayscale image and run it through a software like 3dCoat, Mudbox, or Zbrush or even Vue and bring some height into it via painting hills and valleys. After that is completed make sure you re-export that and build a box and combine that. So it can then be a closed object to be printable. Hope this helps. ;)

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Re: Printing 3d terrain

Post by Ian Smith » Mon Jul 08, 2013 10:43 pm

Thanks for the response Numonic.
Actually I have since found the best way to do it is go to Thingiverse and look for an item called HGT 2 STL converter.
There are links provided with that routine which provides height data for the entire globe and it just a matter of picking the area you want and running it through the converter and it's done

Ian

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