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Startup Uses GPS Data to 3D Print Colorful Models of Running and Cycling Routes

Startup Uses GPS Data to 3D Print Colorful Models of Running and Cycling Routes

I learned in college that I was not a runner when my then-boyfriend, now husband, invited me to join him once (and once only) on his typical route. Wanting only to spend time together, I agreed to a run, not thinking I would have any trouble keeping up with him – who had experience running […]

I learned in college that I was not a runner when my then-boyfriend, now husband, invited me to join him once (and once only) on his typical route. Wanting only to spend time together, I agreed to a run, not thinking I would have any trouble keeping up with him...
3D Printed Map of Legend of Zelda’s Hyrule Draws Internet-Wide Attention, Helps Creator Launch Business

3D Printed Map of Legend of Zelda’s Hyrule Draws Internet-Wide Attention, Helps Creator Launch Business

It’s been a great month for gamer children of the 1980s and ’90s. First Nintendo released the NES Classic Edition, sending many people I know racing to the nearest department store and down memory lane. Now, one talented and passionate fan has painstakingly recreated the entire overworld featured in The Legend of Zelda, 3D printing it in […]

It’s been a great month for gamer children of the 1980s and ’90s. First Nintendo released the NES Classic Edition, sending many people I know racing to the nearest department store and down memory lane. Now, one talented and passionate fan has...
3D Printing Technology Emerges as Tool to Teach Visually Impaired Students

3D Printing Technology Emerges as Tool to Teach Visually Impaired Students

3D printing technology has proven useful for a number of commercial and personal endeavors, but it has had an especially profound impact on those with various disabilities and impairments. For instance, across the world, 3D printing has become a go-to tool to help improve the livelihood of individuals suffering from blindness. The emerging technology has […]

3D printing technology has proven useful for a number of commercial and personal endeavors, but it has had an especially profound impact on those with various disabilities and impairments. For instance, across the world, 3D printing has become a go-to tool to help...
3D Print Maps from Drone Data with WhiteClouds’ 3DYourMAP, Available from DroneDeploy’s New Drone App Store

3D Print Maps from Drone Data with WhiteClouds’ 3DYourMAP, Available from DroneDeploy’s New Drone App Store

Drones are everywhere these days, saving lives, delivering pizzas, capturing incredible images, and more. According to a recent PricewaterhouseCoopers report, the global commercial market for commercial drone applications is likely to exceed $127 billion by 2020 – and that’s not even taking into consideration individuals using drones for their own personal projects or entertainment. With […]

Drones are everywhere these days, saving lives, delivering pizzas, capturing incredible images, and more. According to a recent PricewaterhouseCoopers report, the global commercial market for commercial drone applications is likely to exceed $127 billion by 2020...
Want to Create Your Own 3D Printed Topographical Map? It’s Surprisingly Easy

Want to Create Your Own 3D Printed Topographical Map? It’s Surprisingly Easy

For many people, the use of maps has been reduced to chatty, often obnoxious GPS applications, and while I’ve gotten lost far less often with my GPS than I ever did with a paper map and set of written instructions, there’s something about an old-fashioned map that people still seem to love and miss. I […]

For many people, the use of maps has been reduced to chatty, often obnoxious GPS applications, and while I’ve gotten lost far less often with my GPS than I ever did with a paper map and set of written instructions, there’s something about an old-fashioned...
Beautiful Map of Ireland Is 3D Printed Using Digital Topographic Data

Beautiful Map of Ireland Is 3D Printed Using Digital Topographic Data

Conor O’Kane (“Cokane”) seems like a bit of a Renaissance man when it comes to the interests he lists on his blog: “game development, graphics, music and shmups” — but he forgot to include 3D printing on the list as well. After all, a perusal of his blog reveals that he is quite adept at using a […]

Conor O’Kane (“Cokane”) seems like a bit of a Renaissance man when it comes to the interests he lists on his blog: “game development, graphics, music and shmups” — but he forgot to include 3D printing on the list as well. After all,...
Touch Mapper: 3D Printed Tactile Maps Allow the Visually Impaired to Orient Themselves in Any Location

Touch Mapper: 3D Printed Tactile Maps Allow the Visually Impaired to Orient Themselves in Any Location

Sometimes it’s hard to tell if it’s coincidence or the start of a trend, but in 3D printing news, certain topics seem to suddenly be everywhere at once. Lately, stories about 3D printing applications for the visually impaired have been coming out of the woodwork, and I love it. A couple of weeks ago we […]

Sometimes it’s hard to tell if it’s coincidence or the start of a trend, but in 3D printing news, certain topics seem to suddenly be everywhere at once. Lately, stories about 3D printing applications for the visually impaired have been coming out of the woodwork, and...
Rutgers Engineers 3D Print Tablet-Sized Campus Maps for Joseph Kohn Training Center Students

Rutgers Engineers 3D Print Tablet-Sized Campus Maps for Joseph Kohn Training Center Students

There are many organizations, individuals, and family members who are engaged in helping those with physical challenges on a daily basis, making an incredibly positive impact and offering the most valuable of help in improving the quality of life for others. The impact that the visually impaired have on the rest of the world though […]

There are many organizations, individuals, and family members who are engaged in helping those with physical challenges on a daily basis, making an incredibly positive impact and offering the most valuable of help in improving the quality of life for others. The...
Versoteq Completes Mobile App & Indoor 3D Printed Tactile Maps, Testing TactMap Platform

Versoteq Completes Mobile App & Indoor 3D Printed Tactile Maps, Testing TactMap Platform

Last we checked in with Finland’s Versoteq, they were completing an innovative mapping project–and one of the first of its kind. In the business of making tactile maps, the Espoo-based startup was installing them for the visually impaired (but truly to be enjoyed by all) in both a railway station and the Sello mall in […]

Last we checked in with Finland’s Versoteq, they were completing an innovative mapping project–and one of the first of its kind. In the business of making tactile maps, the Espoo-based startup was installing them for the visually impaired (but truly to be...
Guadalajara’s TechMind Immortalizes Blowhard Hurricane Patricia in 3D Print

Guadalajara’s TechMind Immortalizes Blowhard Hurricane Patricia in 3D Print

As Hurricane Patricia formed while we headed into last weekend, seemingly out of nowhere for those of us not glued to the weather radar, there was barely the sufficient amount of time for residents–and media–to begin a massive panic along the Pacific coast of Mexico. Popular beach areas like Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo were right […]

As Hurricane Patricia formed while we headed into last weekend, seemingly out of nowhere for those of us not glued to the weather radar, there was barely the sufficient amount of time for residents–and media–to begin a massive panic along the Pacific coast...
Datasthesia: 3D Printed Relief Maps Give Us Information About Our World

Datasthesia: 3D Printed Relief Maps Give Us Information About Our World

It’s now evident that when the disciplines of industrial design and data science converge, the results take you beyond just stunning visuals: they fascinate, and teach. Thanks to the efforts of two dynamic artists, Karen and Marcelo, collaborating with the use and experimentation of 3D printing, the public is able to take away even more […]

It’s now evident that when the disciplines of industrial design and data science converge, the results take you beyond just stunning visuals: they fascinate, and teach. Thanks to the efforts of two dynamic artists, Karen and Marcelo, collaborating with the use...
Hold a 3D Printed Historical Japanese Battle in the Palm of your Hand

Hold a 3D Printed Historical Japanese Battle in the Palm of your Hand

With historical records of major military battles dating back to Japan’s early Jomon Period (10,000–300 BC), the Japanese Archipelago has been home to a rich and complex history of warfare. The battles that took place often radically altered Japanese society for multiple generations and the tactics developed during these periods made the Japanese military one […]

With historical records of major military battles dating back to Japan’s early Jomon Period (10,000–300 BC), the Japanese Archipelago has been home to a rich and complex history of warfare. The battles that took place often radically altered Japanese society for...
Terrain2STL Lets Users 3D Print Topographic Maps from Google Maps Data

Terrain2STL Lets Users 3D Print Topographic Maps from Google Maps Data

With their blend of art, science and implied adventure, maps have a way of pulling us in to their depiction of the details which make up our world. And perhaps the most appealing of them, modern topographic maps, fascinate with their large-scale detail and representation of relief through contour lines. Traditionally, topographic maps show both […]

With their blend of art, science and implied adventure, maps have a way of pulling us in to their depiction of the details which make up our world. And perhaps the most appealing of them, modern topographic maps, fascinate with their large-scale detail and...
ElevatedMaps Launches to Create Artistic 3D Printed Custom Maps of Anyplace in the World

ElevatedMaps Launches to Create Artistic 3D Printed Custom Maps of Anyplace in the World

I’m in the process of moving into a new home, and boy do I have my hands full. My husband and I have decided to furnish and design the interior of our home completely from scratch. While this is amazingly fun and inspiring, it can also be a ton of work. We are trying to […]

I’m in the process of moving into a new home, and boy do I have my hands full. My husband and I have decided to furnish and design the interior of our home completely from scratch. While this is amazingly fun and inspiring, it can also be a ton of work. We are...
Students Create 3D Printed Tactile Map of Campus for Visually Impaired

Students Create 3D Printed Tactile Map of Campus for Visually Impaired

While 3D printing has most definitely blasted open a new world for designers and hobbyists, specific areas like cartography have received a real boon in progress. Because a map is all about being able to place yourself somewhere and visualize everything in a particular spot, it can be frustrating doing so only in 2D—requiring your […]

While 3D printing has most definitely blasted open a new world for designers and hobbyists, specific areas like cartography have received a real boon in progress. Because a map is all about being able to place yourself somewhere and visualize everything in a...
Espoo, Finland: Versoteq Installs 3D Printed, Full Color Mall Maps

Espoo, Finland: Versoteq Installs 3D Printed, Full Color Mall Maps

Finland may be a small country, but it has a big reputation as an awesome and widely coveted place to live—and that’s not just because it boasts the most heavy metal bands per capita in the world, but also because it is known to have a superior education system and offers, quite basically, an awesome quality of living […]

Finland may be a small country, but it has a big reputation as an awesome and widely coveted place to live—and that’s not just because it boasts the most heavy metal bands per capita in the world, but also because it is known to have a superior education system and...
San Francisco Bay Depicted in 3D Printed Topographical Map by Area Resident

San Francisco Bay Depicted in 3D Printed Topographical Map by Area Resident

Being able to visualize our terrain is a very important detail in life, whether you do it on a GPS, paper map, drawing, or often — as in our hometowns — simply from an almost aerial view in your mind due to repetition in driving, walking, and giving verbal directions. Understanding the geography of our […]

Being able to visualize our terrain is a very important detail in life, whether you do it on a GPS, paper map, drawing, or often — as in our hometowns — simply from an almost aerial view in your mind due to repetition in driving, walking, and giving verbal directions....
Mountain Shapes’ 3D Printed Models Capture Majestic Peaks of the UK

Mountain Shapes’ 3D Printed Models Capture Majestic Peaks of the UK

As a child, I was fortunate to take annual trips to the Colorado Rocky Mountains in the winters to ski or the summers to enjoy the crisper weather. Being around such majestic forces of nature really shaped my environmental views — I even decided to go to college in Colorado because of this early exposure, […]

As a child, I was fortunate to take annual trips to the Colorado Rocky Mountains in the winters to ski or the summers to enjoy the crisper weather. Being around such majestic forces of nature really shaped my environmental views — I even decided to go to college...
3D Maps Created by IDeA Center Use Multi-Sensory Installations to Delight and Direct Everyone

3D Maps Created by IDeA Center Use Multi-Sensory Installations to Delight and Direct Everyone

Baby, we’ve come a long way, for sure, but what about when we reach our destination? It helps me enormously to have ‘all systems go’ when I’m on the move and using my GPS, but often then it seems like a what now? scenario when approaching a venue that’s foreign and looming large. Imagine trying […]

Baby, we’ve come a long way, for sure, but what about when we reach our destination? It helps me enormously to have ‘all systems go’ when I’m on the move and using my GPS, but often then it seems like a what now? scenario when approaching a venue that’s foreign and...
Posterity is Priceless in 3D: Cartographer in India 3D Prints His City Using Google Maps

Posterity is Priceless in 3D: Cartographer in India 3D Prints His City Using Google Maps

There is some exciting news for all savvy cartographers who would like to get more tactile with their work. A mapping app has been designed for those who want to convert mapping areas into 3D printed designs which could be useful for a multitude of reasons, and would definitely be priceless in posterity, as something one […]

There is some exciting news for all savvy cartographers who would like to get more tactile with their work. A mapping app has been designed for those who want to convert mapping areas into 3D printed designs which could be useful for a multitude of reasons, and would...
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