Print your path maps

Make a pocket size 3D map that captures your path to work or school!


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This is a solution to the Design Engine Week 6 challenge:
"Pathfinder!" β€” Create a 3D map that captures your path to work or school, but the object must be small enough to fit in your pocket.
With the following parameters:
"Future" and "Accessibility"
Gameplay card: Blind eye β€” Ignore one of your chosen parameters
Modifier card: Shell β€” Hollow out a part of your design.

To use the blind eye card, I ignored Accessibility.
For the modifier card shell, I decided to print a boarder around the map.
The modifier card future inspired me to think about how we get our maps now on a 2D screen and if we might get them in 3D in the future. My model uses the same map I see on my screen (google maps webpage) and prints the route in 3D.

Materials and methods

3D Printer
basic image editing software
Mapping application or google maps webpage

1. Screen shot the map image showing the path. (use what ever map app you like)
2. Crop the image to show just the route and add a boarder of the same color as the path. Save the cropped image.
3. Using CURA import the image file and print your map.

For the fussy people out there like me, some other things you can do while you're cropping the image.
1. Clean up the path so it is a solid colored line. If the street name is printed on the street this may cause a dip or bump on the path line.
2. Remove dark text that might mar the country side. By this I mean text large enough to look like land feature like buildings or another path.



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Mini mark.g.peeters.4.23.14Peetersm published this design ago