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Topographic Map: Lasercutter style

20 Dec

I love working with laser cutters. A good one is the best tool in the world. Here’s a project I made with a laser cutter!

Here’s the finished product:

I took a topographical map, did some processing in Photoshop and Illustrator, and then put the whole thing through a laser cutter and created this beautiful physical topo map!

Original topo map, downloaded from this excellent website: http://www.topoquest.com/:

In the laser cutter:

Top view:

A second draft, with only the main topo lines cut:

Top view of the second draft:

Some day soon here I’ll write up how I went from the original image to the final product. It was a lot of trial and error in Photoshop and Illustrator to get out the info that I needed and it would be nice to have it documented!

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2 Comments

Posted by on Saturday, December 20, 2014 in fractally weird

 

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2 responses to “Topographic Map: Lasercutter style

  1. Anonymous

    Thursday, December 25, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    This is an absolutely wonderful idea! Very nice.

     
  2. Pat

    Monday, January 5, 2015 at 12:17 am

    Beautiful.

     

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