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Meridian Maps are 3D topographic hardwood maps. Each map is custom-made to any geographic region, laser-cut and hand-assembled.
Meridian Maps are 3D topographic hardwood maps. Each map is custom-made to any geographic region, laser-cut and hand-assembled.
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Meridian Maps: 3D Topographical Wooden Maps

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 Meridian Maps are laser-cut, quality hardwood topographical maps. They are customized to any geographical region in the world. The topographical data is imported into a computer model, and through a step function converted into discrete layers. We use ⅛ inch sheets of quality birch, all of which are hand-sanded and finished.

Westeros 30" - Early bird special available
Westeros 30" - Early bird special available

 

Ready for the laser-cutter
Ready for the laser-cutter

Each layer is cut separately to a precision of one hundredth of a millimeter for a total of 7 layers including the base layer. 

Laser Precision
Laser Precision

 

Closeup of Layers
Closeup of Layers

Features such as roads, rivers, political boundaries, neighborhood names, and legends are engraved into the layers. The scale of the map determines the features that are included, and can go from a neighborhood to an entire continent.

 

Closeup of Africa
Closeup of Africa

 The layers are stacked and hand-assembled. 

Over the course of a few months, we have gone from creating prototypes out of foam to miniature wood models to full-size multilayered wood maps.

Prototype Evolution
Prototype Evolution

We have also spent time experimenting with various woods, stains and cutting techniques to refine and produce a variety of looks, even trying a one-layered version.

As the co-founders of the Meridian Maps project, we are avid makers with an interest in creating unique laser-cut art. We have finally arrived at a design we are proud of and are excited about delivering a variety of customer-selected maps. A successful campaign will help us scale production by acquiring a state of the art laser cutter and continuing to improve our software to help automate the creation of laser cuttable vectors from 3D topography data. This will let us offer maps of any region in the world.

Customizations

When the campaign is over, we will contact each backer to determine the details of your desired customizations. First, pick any geographic area in the world, from a neighborhood to a continent. 

The engraved text and font used are also customizable. 

Selection of fonts, others available
Selection of fonts, others available

 We also offer a variety of stains to achieve different looks for each map.

(See full map images for better idea of stain appearance)
(See full map images for better idea of stain appearance)

We generally recommend a contrasting the bottom layer from the raised layers.

We offer 3 different sizes, listed by diagonal length: 
20" (12"x16"), 30" (18"x24"), 36" (22"x29")

 Each map can be made in portrait or landscape, depending on the area.

Relative Sizes (guitar not included)
Relative Sizes (guitar not included)

 

Bay Area Maker Faire 2017, happy to receive the Editor's Choice award
Bay Area Maker Faire 2017, happy to receive the Editor's Choice award

Beyond the Real World

Due to popular requests, we have decided to add Westeros from Game of Thrones to our catalog. Hurry and get the Early Bird special for $30 off!

We received multiple requests for Middle-Earth as well, which is currently under design! Check back soon!

Photographs

Tortola, 30" topgraphical
Tortola, 30" topgraphical

 

Africa, 36" topographical
Africa, 36" topographical

 

Closeup: Africa, 36" topographical
Closeup: Africa, 36" topographical

 

Closeup: Morocco, 20" topographical
Closeup: Morocco, 20" topographical

 

San Francisco, 30", topographical
San Francisco, 30", topographical

 

New York City, 30" topographical
New York City, 30" topographical

 

Africa, 36" single-layer
Africa, 36" single-layer

 

Closeup: Westeros, Game of Thrones
Closeup: Westeros, Game of Thrones

 

Closeup: Westeros, Game of Thrones
Closeup: Westeros, Game of Thrones

 

Westeros Map, 30", from Game of Thrones
Westeros Map, 30", from Game of Thrones

 

       

 

 

Risks and challenges

Our main risks include underestimating costs and time-frame of delivery, depending on demand. To keep costs down while still providing custom products, we are also developing software that automates much of the process of transferring raw elevation and geographic data to discrete layers. Such automation can occasionally produce maps with labelling or readability errors. We plan to mitigate such errors by manually quality checking each map before sending it out to production.

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    6"x4" Wood Map of the World

    Postcard-sized laser cut map of the world cut on thin birch plywood.

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    20" Framed Wood Map (Non-topographical)

    12"x16" single-layer wooden map of user-selected geographical region in the world. Hand assembled from birch wood, various stains available, custom font and title. (Size does not include frame)

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    30" Framed Wood Map (Non-topographical)

    18"x24" single-layer wooden map of user-selected geographical region in the world. Hand assembled from birch wood, various stains available, custom font and title. (Size does not include frame)

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    Early Bird Westeros - 30" Framed Map

    14"x28" 4-layered topographic wooden map of Westeros from Game of Thrones.

    Hand assembled from birch wood. (Full size is 16"x30" with red oak frame, non-customizable)

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    Westeros - 30" Framed Map

    14"x28" 4-layered topographic wooden map of Westeros from Game of Thrones.

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    36" Framed Wood Map (Non-topographical)

    22"x29" single-layer wooden map of user-selected geographical region in the world. Hand assembled from birch wood, various stains available, custom font and title. (Size does not include frame)

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    20" Framed Topographical Wood Map

    12"x16" 6-layered wooden map of user-selected geographical region in the world. Hand assembled from birch wood, various stains available, custom font and title. (Size does not include frame)

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    Early Bird Discount - 30" Framed Map

    18"x24" 6-layered wooden map of user-selected geographical region in the world. Hand assembled from birch wood, various stains available, custom font and title. (Size does not include frame)

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    30" Framed Topographical Wood Map

    18"x24" 6-layered wooden map of user-selected geographical region in the world. Hand assembled from birch wood, various stains available, custom font and title. (Size does not include frame)

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    36" Framed Topographical Wood Map

    22"x29" 6-layered wooden map of user-selected geographical region in the world. Hand assembled from birch wood, various stains available, custom font and title. (Size does not include frame)

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    One 25"x32" 16 Layer Map

    The Most Layers we offer (25"x32"). 16 Layers! 1/16" birch. Customized to your spec and assembled in a Red Oak Frame. You pick any region in the world and we will make a custom Topographic map including your desired Points Of Interest, Roads, Trails, Rivers etc.

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    Two 24" x 35" Custom Topographical Maps

    The biggest possible maps we can make(24"x35"). You get two of these of the same region. Customized to your spec, cut out of seven layers of Birch, and assembled in a Red Oak Frame. You pick any region in the world and we will make a custom Topographic map including your desired Points Of Interest, Roads, Trails, Rivers etc.

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