This is a topographic model of a region in southeast Asia called the Bolaven Plateau, located in the south of the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR / Laos). The model was derived from a digital elevation model (DEM) raster that was modified using a free open source geographic information system (GIS) software platform: QGIS. An open source plugin, DEMto3D, that runs on top of QGIS (or on top of another open source GIS platform: Kosmo) allowed conversion from DEM raster format to STL format.
The scale of this topographic model is 1:100,000,000. Elevation values are exaggerated by a magnitude of five (5) to accentuate the pronouncement of this large plateau/tableland feature in mainland southeast Asia.
Additional details on this project can be found at: https://matthewtoro.com/2016/09/08/topographic-3d-printing-the-bolaven-plateau-laos/
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