How to include a scale model building?

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    Hello Forum Members and Mr. Kreylos,

    I would like to thank you and the members of this forum for all the great work you and the rest are doing here. I just finished my build and my art students are very excited. I would like to know if it would be possible to add a scale model house during calibration so that it may be included during simulations? Where could I find LiDAR data for a specific area? Is there a way to translate the LiDAR data into a physical 3D model? The goal in doing this would be to create a mold of a specific terrain. The mold could then be used to press the sand into it and hopefully recreate a target area’s terrain? Is any of this possible or perhaps I am being too ambitious? Again thank you!


    I would go to for lidar data. You’ll want to download a DEM as a TIFF for your area of interest.
    Then open the TIFF in photoshop or similar and invert the image. Then add a 1 px border of black to the DEM. This will create the walls of the 3d model.
    Then create a new plane/relief object in a 3d modeling software and apply the DEM as a displacement map to the plane. This will extrude the plane into a 3d object.
    Cap the object and export as a STL file and send to your printer.

    3d mold

    sandbox after mold

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