A 3D Model Can Make You Clairvoyant! April Model of the Month: Futuristic Topographic City Map
I am sure you would all agree that it would often be handy to have a crystal ball to see into the future! Well with 3D printing it is possible to become somewhat clairvoyant and our model of the month for April does just that – gives a physical glimpse of the future!
April model of the month is a futuristic topographic city map. Our customer in Turkey, SBK3D Ltd, who provide a bureau service printed two maps – the first map shows the current state of the terrain in a prominent municipality in Turkey. The second map reflects the same land but this time demonstrating the city growth including in new 3D buildings etc. These models were part of a presentation made to a municipality in Turkey. This model gained a lot of interest due to its visual quality, fine details and durability. Visually and scientifically they met all the demands of both their customer and target group.
How the model was prepared
Topographic satellite images were used for the 3D imaging preparation. The team at SBK digitally merged satellite photos with the model of the terrain after long hours of 3D engineering to produce the most comprehensive 3D map possible. “The quality we acquired with Mcor IRIS for the elements of the terrain such as small hills, brooks, paths and structures would not be possible with any other 3D technology, says Alihan Tazeoğlu, General Manager, SBK3D Ltd. Co. In order to keep the quality of production in the optimal level the map model was produced in 28 modular pieces (see images below). But just imagine how much this would cost to print on our competitors full colour 3D printing technology! As Mcor’s 3D printers run at 10-20% the cost of any other 3D printing technology, significant savings are made when printing models of this size.
3D City Plan for the Future
The second map involved literally building the city desired by the municipality on top of the first map illustrating the terrain, the roads, bridges, parks, mosques and many more. The map was printed with dimensions 135 x 70 cm and a scale around 1/3000 with 14 pieces.
The visitors got a chance to envision the future of their region and how the city will grow with both maps side by side. They could feel with their hands, guess the steepness, and even calculate the hours of sunshine! See images of the futuristic map below –
They say, ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’, but this would appear to need updating – this model and application using 3D imaging and 3D printing, surely shows that 3D model is worth thousands of words. 3D printing certainly comes into its own when you need to explain visually and three dimensionally how something will look in the future. These models demonstrate how full colour 3D printing really helps us become clairvoyant and I think you will agree our model of the month for April is really worth thousands of words!