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.
Each layer is cut separately to a precision of one hundredth of a millimeter for a total of 7 layers including the base layer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We also offer a variety of stains to achieve different looks for each map.
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.
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!
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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