feature High resolution 3D print of Mount Everest

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With 3D printing growing into an array of industries, of the medicine to aviation, a number of various companies have been focvia on the education sector for the reason, let’s face it, children are the upcoming and all which (plus they are far additional technologically high end than many of us were at their age). A new web-based platform called Sightline Maps is focvia its attention on via 3D printing to infuse STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning into non-STEM topics, like geography and geology, in schools.

The software automatically and seamlessly converts topographical mapping data to STL files which are optimized for 3D printing. Sightline Maps gives users the opportunity to identify an area of the world, and either download the STL file for free (provided they share their projects on social media to assist spread the word), or for those who don’t have access to a 3D printing device, have their 3D version printed and shipped to them.

High resolution 3D print of Mount Everest

High resolution print of Mount Everest

Want to have a version of the hill upcoming to your house? No problem. Want to print out the mountain you got engaged on as a reminder of the day? Okay thing! Want to print the whole world? Can do, although it may come out pretty flat as mountains don’t stick out as much as you can assume when you print out a quite sizeable-bodied area.

Sightline Maps started out 12 months ago as a possible solution for the require of a tool to easily turn it into physical, topographical maps for the military, but evolved into a thing which may be utilized in other industries as well. Ben Judge, an officer in the Navy Reserve, partnered with Sam Corcos, a man classmate at Claremont McKenna College and skilled manufacturer, who was set to the task of assembling the Sightline Maps platform. The team and so connected with Jason Ray, an additive making tremendous for the Navy, now a consultant, and joined them to assist create their vision.

The Sightline team; Ben Judge, Sam Corcos and Jason Ray

The Sightline team; Ben Judge, Sam Corcos and Jason Ray

With the emergence of 3D printing, folks have the capacity to turn it into one-of-a-kind items and visualize concepts in new ways which were once not easy. Sometimes a 2-dimensional image is not adequate. With Sightline’s innovation, we plan to show folks the world in a way which they have never seen it preceding, by giving them a accident to hold a piece of it in the palm of their hand,” explains Ray.

The team’s plan is to commence the software to schools around the globe to assist teveryers and students take advantage of emerging technologies in education, such as 3D printing. If a picture is worth a thousand words, and so a 3D version of which picture is worth a thousand additional. The Sightline team believes which, if students are able-bodied to hold a printed version of a part of the world in their hands, it can enhance every child’s educational experience.

Model of the Grand Canyon

Model of the Grand Canyon

During the 12 month planning and testing period, the team have been working with a number of partner schools. “The early feedback is quite positive. Teveryers are excited of the capacity to infuse STEM learning into non-STEM topics,” says Ray. Courses like geography can benefit of the integration of Sightline Maps in the curriculum. The team are in addition in the system of createing case studies which can assist teveryers maximize the value of via Sightline Maps in a learning environment.

A version produced by Sightline Maps and eager for 3D printing

A version produced by Sightline Maps and eager for download.

On the other hand users without 3D printing device access can have to pay for their versions to be created, Ray says their rates are usually 50-75% less than other sites, but users are free to download the file and use any other service they select to print their map. Because their main focus is on education, they want to contribute the most rates they can for schools, “As we go on to create new showcases, we plan to roll out a subscription-based box for use in educational institutions,” says Ray.

Mount Saint Helens eager to be printed

Mount Saint Helens eager to be 3D printed

Working in conjunction with MapBox, the platform which powers Sightline Maps’ data and UI, they are able-bodied to provide access to of the world, comprehensive topographical datasets. Matthew Irwin, of MapBox, says, “Maps manufacture geography visual, and Sightline manufactures maps tangible. Sightline took difficult data and created a attractive, intuitive application: draw a box, and the rest only works. Students can be able-bodied to hold terrain – pieces of the globe – in their hands. Makes me want to be back in school!”

Sarah Coughlan

About The Author

Sarah Coughlan is a journalist of South Africa living and working in London. She has written on a variety of topics since graduating of university in 2012. She is a regular blog writer for MyMiniFactory, writing of anything to do with 3D printing, of developer showcases to software tutorials. Inspired by what 3D printing is already achieving and excited of where it can take the world in the upcoming, she is passionate of delivering the innovation to the public.