Africa map puzzle

by chapulina, published

Africa map puzzle by chapulina Aug 31, 2011

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Print all 7 countries and test your geography skills!


Print only the country of your choice!


Mash the maps up any way you want! I've included the original svg, dxf and scad files.

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I've had this in my list of things to make for a long time... And finally got round to making it! I must say, putting it together is a hugely satisfying experience! I felt like a giggly kid everytime a country just fits in with its neighbors... Might be something to do with my slight OCD tho! I posted a make ;)

Anyone make Madagascar? I made a little Gambia model that fits in the mouth of Senegal but would like a floating pc of Madagascar to make there be one extra pc to figure out where it goes :) Will post pics when done. I have about 10 countries left

Hi There,

Very cool! I'm new to 3d printing and was wondering how you were able to take the puzzle pieces and put it together. Did you use an image from google maps + software to convert to 3d?



Hi Jeanny,

I actually made a tutorial explaining how I did this:

I was new to 3D printing back then as well, so I think the method is pretty tedious. I'm sure there might be an easier way of doing this using Google maps or Wikipedia images or something ;)

Good luck!

I enjoyed this so much.

Having been geography ignorant for too long, I decided educate myself with this puzzle.

When I printed this out, I increased the height of each piece from 3mm to 10mm to make the pieces easier to handle (and remove from the build plate).

I'm proud to say that after a handful of attempts, I can assemble the puzzle without a map to guide me and I've even managed to memorize the names of the countries.

The only inconveniences are that 
a. There isn't a frame, and
b. The tiny countries are kind of hard for big clumsy fingers to manipulate.

Very educational.

wow, very cool.

When i get my printer finished, i will definitly print "the world" :D


Remember: four colors will suffice: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_color_theoremhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F...

+1 for the newest: South Sudan!

Betcha next year this time, borders will have changed...again.