Print 3D terrain with the Terrainator

Over the years we’ve seen a few companies offer ways to print 3D models, such as this example from 2009. Now a new company has come along that lets you print 3D copies for terrain by using a very slick interface — the Terrainator.

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They use data from a handful of sources to help build the models, including the USGS National Elevation Dataset. This makes for amazing-looking models, but greatly limits the areas you can choose from — you essentially only have the United Kingdom, the western 40% of the United States, parts of Alaska and the Alps mountain range in Europe.
Try it yourself for yourself at terrainator.com. If you get one printed, snap a photo of it and send it over so we can check it out.
(via Google Maps Mania)

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.



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