3D Design Tip – 3D Print ANY Landscape with online STL Generator from HGT files! #3DThursday #3DPrinting


Thanks to a web-based service that converts publicly available HGT files you can now 3D Print ANY Landscape with this online STL Generator.

Here’s a Direct link to the site. And here’s the tool on Github. From Fabbaloo.

…The map above is for the Kelowna, British Columbia area. We picked that as a test location because it’s not only a very beautiful place, it’s also quite lumpy there. In the image at top you can see the resulting STL file generated for the Kelowna grid we selected.

Some advice:

  • The service does not permit maps to cross “grid boundaries”. If you wish to do so, simply generate multiple STLs and stick them together in your 3D modeling tool.
  • This service looks like an experimental version. It runs with an IP address only – not a domain name as far as we can tell, on Google servers. It may disappear or get clogged up.
  • Pick the largest possible area, because tighter locations do not provide additional STL detail. The smallest selections will appear quite lo-poly.
  • Do not print these models hollow! While you can often get away printing hollow models, the irregular top surface will defeat your hollow aspirations. Pick at least 10% fill to ensure you provide internal support for all those nooks and crannies.
  • It turns out that most of the world is actually quite flat – who knew? Pick interesting areas to print.

ThatcherC, whoever you are, we, the world of 3D printing thanks you.

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