Convert geographic data to 3-D models for printing

Posted to Software  |  Tags: , , ,  |  Nathan Yau

This seems like fun. The NodeJS package shp2stl by Doug McCune lets you convert a shapefile to a 3-D model, which can then send to your favorite 3-D printer (because you know we all have at least two of them lying around). Assuming you have NodeJS setup, simply point the package to your shapefile, specify which attribute to use for height, and presto changeo there’s your 3-D model.

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