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3D topographic map of Africa

I have always loved maps, and have been interested in topographic maps. I had purchased a laser cutter from china which saw no use for about a year. On my drive back from Bear mountain, a friend of mine had a brilliant idea: take the contour lines, cut each layer on a laser and stack them to create a 3D topographic map. So I decided to give it a shot. After countless hours in the garage and many prototypes, I finally developed a process that produces some really impressive results. I have decided to share my experience here, so do read along and build yourself one of these wonderful looking maps! Also i have put them up on Kickstarter (, and if the project gets funded we hope to start producing them for the public.

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