How it works
We analyse your GPS route data to generate an elevation profile of your route and apply a suitable exaggeration factor to make the profile “look good” i.e. not too flat, but equally not excessively extreme!
If you ask us to, we’ll send you an image of the rendered print (that’s a true graphical representation of the final print) to confirm that it’s to your liking and if it’s not, we can regenerate it using different settings.
And then what?
The approved rendering is then sent to one of our 3D printers where a real life object is printed!
If you chosen to frame the print, we’ll prepare a frame and laser engrave your chosen text into a metal plaque.
How long does it take?
A printed model can take anywhere from 2 to 6 hours to complete depending on the size and height of the model.
The more extreme the elevation, the longer it takes to print (but the cooler it looks!)
Once printed, the model is assessed for quality. If it doesn’t meet our high standards, it’s reprinted. The entire process can take up to a day.
Got any tips to get the best looking print?
Make sure your GPS route contains elevation data. We can still print a map profile of the route but it will be “flat”, and a linear profile of that route will just be a thin flat line!
The best models have multiple varying elevation points and switchbacks.
Review your elevation profile before deciding on which design you want us to print.
If your route is circular (or a loop), try and make sure you started and finished at, or very near the same position to “close the loop”. We might be able to tidy up the data and insert the missing pieces (or add in some points to complete the route) but this isn’t always possible.
So, why .xyz?
Our 3D printing process uses “Cartesian printers” which use the co-ordinates of 3 axis to print 3D models.
These axis are universally known as XYZ co-ordinates. X and Y for 2-dimensional planes, for example length and width, and the additional Z axis (height/depth) makes it 3D -;)