3d printing a 2d map

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3d printing a 2d map

Postby Leggie » Tue Jan 25, 2022 12:33 am

Hi I’m trying to print a map of st Maarten in the Caribbean
Any one have any idea how you download a file and turn it into a file SU understands
Thanks Dean
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Re: 3d printing a 2d map

Postby Dave R » Tue Jan 25, 2022 12:54 am

You could import the image as an image and trace it. Use Push/Pull to make it 3D. Or you could do a geo-location import and make the terrain 3D. The island is big enough you'd have to make it in several imports.
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Re: 3d printing a 2d map

Postby Rich O Brien » Tue Jan 25, 2022 1:07 am

If its DEM/SRT type data you could convert that to a bitmap and use bitmap to height extension to make the terrain.

Be mindful that every pixel becomes a polygon so don't ask SketchUp to make a terrain from 2048px x 2048px image. Unless your a sadist?
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Re: 3d printing a 2d map

Postby Leggie » Tue Jan 25, 2022 1:52 pm

I have found maps in different formats such as png and svg, can SU import them?
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Re: 3d printing a 2d map

Postby Rich O Brien » Tue Jan 25, 2022 2:40 pm

Not SVG. That's vector based.
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