San Francisco Topography

Made my first attempt at a topographic laser cut map.
I’m pretty happy how it came out – and this is just the cardboard prototype.

Still thinking about other features I might add to the final map, but wanted to get some practice cutting and building a layer topographic map.


I used QGIS, data from here, and Illustrator, loosely based on the techniques described here: http://theshamblog.com/making-a-laser-cut-topo-map-the-design-phase/

This was so fun. I’m going to make a lot of these.

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looks great. Lots of pieces to glue

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I love topo maps! and thanks for the links.

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I hate to see such a nice prototype go to waste. Maybe you can spray paint it and/or coat with resin or something, to make it more permanent.

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Definitely. I actually kind of like the cardboard look of it :smiley:
I may finish the edges and make a little box for it and still hang it on my wall.

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Very nice! I sometimes enjoy using cardboard for the end product. It’s fun and like to recycle.

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After a few iterations, my “final” version is drying now:

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Excellent use if bananas as a weight & measure :grin:

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