Painted Laser Marked Models
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National forrest site in Michigan with 3:1 vertical magnification.
Scale: 1” = 200 feet, 3:1 vertical, 42” x 27” x 2.8"
Shape from USGS 3 meter lidar. Image USGS 1 foot ortho.
Right: magnified section of the model showing forrest detail.
Artist David Kennet. See more art by David Kennet at:
Wyoming. Scale 1" = 600'. Shape data USGS 10 meter. Image State of Wyoming mapping portal .5 meter. Artist Diane Martin.
Valles Cauldera, NM
Scale: 1" = 4000', 10% vertical exageration, 23.5" x 32.5" x 1.48", 1 meter lidar merged with USGS 10 meter, material: plastic ... touchable
High resolution desk top display of the Valles Cauldera.
Colorado 30" x 22". Scale: 1" = 12.9 miles. 3:1 vertical. Lambert Conformal Conic.
Printed model images offer high resolution detail and color. Base for this models is shown in the Display and Archetectural Base Models section below. Beautiful high resolution color printed model.
Photos curtesy Howard Models.
Laser Marked Grayscale Models
94" x 96" x 3.6" base model with image overlay. Two section model with foam bonded to 1" MDF. Some buildings are carved into model as a part of the topography. Tight CNC machining tolerances allow 3D bridges to be made separately through additive process and close fitted to the base.
Finished model in the lobby of Westminister City Hall, Westminister, CO.
Quarry ... spectacular extreme topography with buildings, trees, objects such as cars and tires and high resolution image overlay. Scale is 1" =68', model size 11" x 30" x 4.28" in 20 pound foam.
"Mouse Trap" intersection of !25 and I70 in Denver, CO.
Lidar data used for road and bridge topography. Image from USGS 1 foot orthoimage. Model size 47" x 72", scale 1" = 514 feet, 1.5 vertical magnification.
West Denver, Colorado, scale 1" = 2167'.
Shape: USGS 10 meter data. Image: USGS .6 meter orthoimagery.
24" x 48" with 1.38" of relief.
40 pound density foam.
Golden, Colorado is located on the right side of the model.
Shape: USGS 3 meter data. Image: USGS .6 meter orthoimagery.
27" x 48" x 4.5" relief
Analytics Using Global Mapper or CAD
Contour lines, range rings, watershed analysis, view shed analysis, high and low point location can be calculated and marked on the surface of solid terrain models.
Green Mountain, West of Denver, Colorado
Size: 11" x 12" x 1.68", scale: 1" - 400'. Shape is from Colorado GeoCache lidar data. The image is from USGS .6 meter data. Contour lines are on 10 meter intervals. Four circular range rings have a 200 meter spacing and are centered on the peak of Green Mountain. Calculated water drainage is marked as valley "stream bed" lines. Line width for all lines was 3 pixels. The image resolution is 500 pixels per inch.
1:24000 scale model of Mount Saint Helens.
Shape from 3 meter USGS lidar.
Image from 1 meter USGS orthoimagery.
18" x 24" with 3.45" relief.
Left, coastal real estate developement in Mexico.
Shape is from a land survey DXF file.
Image was from CAD file showing lot lines, lot numbers and street names.
Street names less than .02" high clearly visible.
Right, 6" x 6" plastic pressure cast geometric shapes with a .1" grid line overlay.
Cottonwood Heights, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Centered on the Old Mill Golf Course.
Shape is bare earth Lidar from the Utah AGRC mapping portal.
Image is from Utah AGRC 5 cm orthoimagery.
Scale is 1"=300'. Model size is 18" x 27" with 4.54" relief.
4 pound foam.
Shape: Ohio OGRIP bare earth high resolution lidar
Image: Ohio OGRIP 1 foot image
Top: scale 1"=200', 1:1 vertical
Bottom: scale 1"=1000', 3:1 vertical
Base Model Before Coating and Laser Marking
Display and Architecture Base Models
For a wall mounted visitor center display.
Part of an 8' x 16' model. Space Shuttle Radar Topography Mission data used for shape.
High resolution model using a .013" ball tool. Shape from Space Shuttle Radar Topography Mission data.
Space Shuttle Radar Topography Mission data for topography, BODC data for bathymetry. Bathymetry shows where the cavemen roamed during the ice age.
Aluminum chosen for vacuum forming.
Courtesy Eric Knight Art.
Breckinridge, CO, base model with 15 building inserts.
Courtesy Frank Wright
Small 1000 DPI (data points per inch}, medium 600 DPI, large 400 DPI. Pressure cast models carved to a .005" tool resolution.
On display, BLM Wheat Ridge, CO.
Two different models for design trade off study.
Painted by Eric Knight, Eric Knight Art
Model sectioned to show views of subsurface geology.
4 foot diameter.
Shows three different road routes to the plateau.
Before and after excavating.
1" = 200', 32" x 38", housing developement
High resolution architecture detail 43" x 23" x 2.2". 200 dpi horizontal, 500 contours per inch vertical. free form cut border. High resolution laser scanned shape.
Lat -20S to -30S, Lon 20 to 40 Museum display