USA Terrain

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This model has the shape of the continental USA and contains the smoothed terrain. We use this model to generate jewelry like earrings and pendants for our GeoBling series. You probably have some other cool idea what to use this for ;)

If you like this you can check out some stuff we sell on our website www.printablegeography.com. If you need any geographical model for a project or otherwise, just drop us a message and we'll see if we can help you.

And here is some legal blurb: The data used to generate this item is the “Hole-filled seamless SRTM data V4” provided by the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). This data is available publicly at srtm.csi.cgiar.org. The Society for Printable Geography is not afiliated with CIAT in any way.


To print:

  1. Load into your 3D printer software.
  2. Scale to the size and units you want (we designed this to be 35mm wide).
  3. Print.

To print as pendant:

  1. Design a hook according to your wishes yourself, you could use tinkercad.com for this.
  2. Use a mesh software like Meshlab of Netfabb to merge this model with your hook.
  3. Print.

To buy:
You can buy this as a steel pendant on Shapeways: http://www.shapeways.com/model/412826/united-states-terrain-pendant.html

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Can you do just a California one?

It's certainly possible in theory. Unfortunately, we are no longer working on this project and don't have the tools set up to do it though. Maybe someone else can help?

This is awesome I love topography prints. However it would be cool if there was a version with a thinner base before the topography begins. I'm scaling it up 300% and at that point the base becomes unneccesarily thick.

This is really cool... However, I live in Michigan. You didn't really include us at all.

I believe Michigan is actually in there, the great lakes just aren't cut out!

This is really cool! Will you post a printable California terrain when you get a free moment? I never realized how flat central usa really is.

This is so neat! We'll have to find Finland, now ;)

IIRC your mapping authority has recently released a lot of free data.