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microscape architectural models celebrate the sculptural beauty of cities in 1:5000 scale durable tiles that you can display anywhere
Microscape cityscape models capture the sculptural beauty of architecture in durable panels that make incredibly distinctive gifts, decoration for home or office, and mementos of the most important moments -- and places -- in our lives.
Microscape cityscape models capture the sculptural beauty of architecture in durable panels that make incredibly distinctive gifts, decoration for home or office, and mementos of the most important moments -- and places -- in our lives.
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WHAT ARE MICROSCAPE MODELS?

Microscape models are detailed, 1:5000 scale replicas of cities. They're 3D-printed from our own accurate, up-to-date aerial scan data, meaning that they can evolve along with the built environment. Because we manually process all of that data to make it printable, they can also include buildings still under construction or still in planning.

We intend to cover major cities across the US and around the world, but our initial proving ground has been the city of New York. (We figure if we can make models of here, we can make models of anywhere...)

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YOU CAN OWN THIS TOWN

We're now ready to make the entire island of Manhattan available in the form of individual, 6" square tiles that can be collected and assembled any way you choose. You don't have to be Donald Trump to own a substantial chunk of New York City real estate -- the roughly 200 tiles that together make up the full city model can be special-ordered after the close of our Kickstarter campaign at an all-in cost of $25,000 USD. 

For those with more modest ambitions, we're offering a series of limited edition, "Kickstarter Only" landmark tiles as rewards at special, "early bird" prices. Each of these tiles measures 6 inches by 6 inches (15.24 cm x 15.24 cm), and captures in intricate detail a roughly half mile (.8 km) square of New York city.

If we reach our funding goal, these landmark tiles will be produced with a special mark and serial number on the base indicating that they were part of the initial Kickstarter Microscape launch.

Alone or in groups on your desk, coffee table or wall, Microscape models are as beautiful as they are architecturally accurate.

SOME OF YOUR REWARD OPTIONS:

At the successful conclusion of this Kickstarter campaign, backers will be able to choose from among any of the limited edition "landmark" tiles shown below.

Landmark tiles measure 6 inches by 6 inches (15.24 cm x 15.24 cm) and will match up seamlessly with the rest of the tiles that make up the overall city model. They vary in height from 1 inch (2.54 cm) up to approximately 5.5 inches (13.97 cm) and weigh between 5 and 10 ounces (142 to 284 grams).

They're made out of a durable white thermoplastic derived from corn starch that's non-toxic, completely safe to handle* (the FDA says you can even eat off them, though we're not sure why you'd want to...) and biodegradable.

*Microscape models do have delicate details, sharp points and edges and may not be appropriate for young children

** 2016-02-17 -- Please note that we've just added three more Landmark tiles to the original collection of 24. All 27 will be available as options in the survey backers will receive at the end of our campaign. We're not allowed to change any of our Reward Level descriptions at this point, so each Reward Level description still mentions "24" tiles. Please disregard this -- the correct number is 27.

Reward Tile 09-G: United Nations Headquarters
Reward Tile 09-G: United Nations Headquarters
Reward Tile 12-E: Lincoln Center
Reward Tile 12-E: Lincoln Center
Reward Tile 14-H: Guggenheim Museum
Reward Tile 14-H: Guggenheim Museum
Reward Tile 03-B: World Trade Center
Reward Tile 03-B: World Trade Center
Reward Tile 09-E: Empire State Building
Reward Tile 09-E: Empire State Building
Reward Tile 09-F: Chrysler Building
Reward Tile 09-F: Chrysler Building
Reward Tile 09-D: Madison Square Garden
Reward Tile 09-D: Madison Square Garden
Reward Tile 17-G: Columbia University
Reward Tile 17-G: Columbia University
Reward Tile 13-F: American Museum of Natural History
Reward Tile 13-F: American Museum of Natural History
Reward Tile 13-G: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Reward Tile 13-G: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Reward Tile 09-C: Hudson Yards
Reward Tile 09-C: Hudson Yards
Reward Tile 06-C: NYU West
Reward Tile 06-C: NYU West
Reward Tile 06-D: NYU East
Reward Tile 06-D: NYU East
Reward Tile 07-D
Reward Tile 07-D
Reward Tile 06-E
Reward Tile 06-E
Reward Tile 07-C
Reward Tile 07-C
Reward Tile 07-E
Reward Tile 07-E
Reward Tile 08-C
Reward Tile 08-C
Reward Tile 08-D
Reward Tile 08-D
Reward Tile 08-E
Reward Tile 08-E
Reward Tile 08-E
Reward Tile 08-E
  
Reward Tile 10-C
Reward Tile 10-C
Reward Tile 10-D
Reward Tile 10-D
Reward Tile 10-E
Reward Tile 10-E
Reward Tile 10-F
Reward Tile 10-F
 
Reward Tile 11-E
Reward Tile 11-E
Reward Tile 11-F
Reward Tile 11-F
Reward Tiles 06C + 06D
Reward Tiles 06C + 06D
Reward Tiles 09-D + 09-E
Reward Tiles 09-D + 09-E
Set of 4 Reward Tiles
Set of 4 Reward Tiles

Risks and challenges

We've spent the last two years testing different 3D printers, materials and model geometry to perfect the process of printing detailed city models. By now we've burned through an awful lot of filament and made every imaginable mistake.

Printing every 6" x 6" tile still takes a long time (as much as a day of non-stop machine time), but when it comes to the landmark tiles we're offering as rewards, we've already done all the heavy lifting and know how to produce them consistently and reliably. We also have a good feel for how frequently the printers we've standardized on need repairs/replacement and so have built time for this sort of thing into our anticipated production schedule.

Assuming we meet our funding goal, we'll be able to add more printers to our farm and produce more tiles in parallel. If we exceed our funding goal, we'll add even more printers to keep up with demand and maintain an acceptable rate of production.

Our backers don't need to worry about unexpected delays: We already know exactly how to produce the tiles we're offering as rewards and have done so many times over. We'll also be stockpiling the filament we need as soon as we hit our funding goal, so material supply shortages shouldn't be an issue.

Barring massive disasters like terrorist attacks, tidal waves or tornadoes in midtown NYC, delivering rewards to backers will simply be a question of print time and shipping time.

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