Presentation Title

Exploring Accessibility and Applications of Laser Cut Contour Topography Maps

Presenter's Name(s)

Paul Jack Solomon, UVMFollow

Abstract

Existing elevation data may be represented via laser cut rapid prototyping in order to create physical models of terrain. Previous work has shown improved comprehension of elevation and contour data from physical models, however such models are often difficult to manufacture and expensive. Rapid prototyping technologies have proven capable of producing cheaper, more accessible topographic models, yet there is a distinct lack of academic exploration on how laser cut models may be utilized. This project aims to improve the accessibility of such models by developing a novel software tool to aid in the creation of laser cut models, and to investigate the benefits of laser cutting over alternative rapid prototyping processes.

Primary Faculty Mentor Name

Jason Hibbeler

Status

Undergraduate

Student College

College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Program/Major

Computer Science

Primary Research Category

Engineering & Physical Sciences

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Exploring Accessibility and Applications of Laser Cut Contour Topography Maps

Existing elevation data may be represented via laser cut rapid prototyping in order to create physical models of terrain. Previous work has shown improved comprehension of elevation and contour data from physical models, however such models are often difficult to manufacture and expensive. Rapid prototyping technologies have proven capable of producing cheaper, more accessible topographic models, yet there is a distinct lack of academic exploration on how laser cut models may be utilized. This project aims to improve the accessibility of such models by developing a novel software tool to aid in the creation of laser cut models, and to investigate the benefits of laser cutting over alternative rapid prototyping processes.