Contiguous United States Prism Map

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Contiguous United States Prism Map by anoved Dec 30, 2013

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This is a customizable prism map of the contiguous United States. Values are represented by the extruded height of each state. (An extruded polygon is a prism.)

The default dataset depicts population density: 2010 census total population counts normalized by state area in square kilometers. Click Open in Customizer to plug in your own data for each state and to adjust the model dimensions.

Create your own customizable prism map models from shapefiles without ease using prismap. Pull requests and bug reports are welcome.


Printed with raft (still attached in some photos), 10% infill, 2 shells, and 0.15mm layer height. Printed version customized with floor disabled and slightly smaller dimensions than default.

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What happened to Alaska and Hawaii

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This is great and sorely needed. May I suggest you provide one with all 50 states?

Thanks. Check out this remix which includes AK and HI - it's preset with election data, but you can select "Manual" to customize with your own data for each state. http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:690049

Customizable USA Electoral College Map

This is awesome!!!! What a great idea! Next challenge: a globe version!

As a Michigander, I'm deeply offended that our mitten is unnoticeable! XD heh

I like this model

Keep in mind some states would be mostly just as flat if this density was done at a county or city resolution. There'd be spikes at those key cities and nothing else.

Who knew, Vermont and Indiana make a good showing. New Jersey is off the charts. Better to move to the flats, less zombies to deal with in the end.

The script I wrote to help make this model is not exactly user friendly, but it does take arbitrary shapefiles as input, so you could recreate it with a more detailed state map (or a map of any region, for that matter).

I see this on a lot of maps people can not seem to get Michigan right. My nephews have a puzzle missing the U.P. completely which would make my office underwater,

Amazing idea!!!!! I'm going to forward this link to all my teacher friends!

Check out @TheNewHobbyist's remix for a version with historical election data built-in: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:690049

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