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Ain’t No Mountain High Enough for Mcor 3D Printers

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Scaling new heights with 3D printing, Mcor Technologies show off a full-color replica of Kebnekaise, the highest mountain in Sweden.

Scanning geographical landmarks and using the data as the basis for 3D printed objects is nothing new. But as a test case for a unique 3D printing technology from Mcor, which fabricates colored objects from paper, we’re certainly impressed by their July Model of the Month.

The model is a scale replica of the Kebnekaise massif, which is part of the Scandinavian Mountains. It’s the result of a geographic information system (GIS) project by Carl Schillander, a Swedish reseller for Mcor 3D printers.

The model shows off perfectly the mountain’s two peaks, of which the southern, glaciated one is highest at 2,097.5 metres above sea level (as of August 2014).

Schillander’s replica of the Kebnekaise was presented at a recent GIS conference in Sweden called Kartdagarna (Swedish Map Days), where the gathered attendees were suitably impressed. Here’s a picture of the real Kebnekaise for comparison.

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Mcor GIS 3D Printed Models

Important to note are that GIS 3D models are not just for aesthetic purposes; the fact the model is in full color makes it much easier to identify the different sections of a mountainous region.

This is very useful when local authorities are putting together their flood and evacuation planning, for example.

And for more personal applications, you could use a model to perfectly plan your next mountain hike or climb!

Schillander made his model by basing it on satellite imagery of Kebnekaise. This image had been draped over the height curves, meaning he was able to convert the image into the required 3D file format.

Once the file was complete, Schillander used an Mcor IRIS 3D printer to print out the model to a high standard and in full color.

For the initiated, the models are made using sheets of standard business A4 and letter paper, an adhesive dispensing system, and a tungsten-tip blade to cut the shape. Color is added using a variation of the inkjet technology applied in conventional 2D printing.

To learn more about Mcor Technologies — and the forthcoming release of the Mcor ARKe — click here to visit their site.

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