GIS Offers 3D Landscape Models

2 Apr, 2008

New company works with Z Corporation to create physical models of any land parcel on the planet.

Landscapes you can hold in your hand are now available to adventurers, vacationers, GIS and design professionals, and others thanks to a new company,, which is producing 3D physical models of any landscape on the planet.

Interested parties can select a place of interest -- mountain, forest, river, volcano, or any other land parcel -- and order a model online. The models are printed in 3D and full color by Z Corporation and shipped directly to the customer.

" is a premier example of a new breed of business that is driving 3D printing more deeply into the mainstream, not only in traditional engineering circles but in consumer products, architecture, civil engineering, medicine, the arts, entertainment, and beyond," said Scott Harmon, Z Corporation's vice-president of business development. obtains digital terrain data from NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey and will soon incorporate street, building, and other data from additional third parties.

"We help consumers capture the landscape they yearn to remember and professionals visualize the terrain that looks so nondescript in their blueprints," said Tom Gaskins, CEO of "Together with Z Corporation, we're taking raw geospatial data and turning it into something they can savor and understand at a much deeper level."

Z Corporation's 3D printers print landscape models using an inkjet system to bind thin layers of composite powder.

LandPrints are available in a range of sizes and start at $23.95.