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Microscape scans the world from the air and turns the collected data into highly detailed 3D-printed architectural cityscape models.
Microscape scans the world from the air and turns the collected data into highly detailed 3D-printed architectural cityscape models.
288 backers pledged $67,648 to help bring this project to life.

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Microscape's second city is the Second City.

We make little models, but we make no little plans. So our next step toward Microscaping the world is a city with colossal architectural and urban planning significance. We'd like to think Daniel Burnham would approve (and perhaps even become a backer...)

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.

Our various reward tiers let you choose the quantity of models you'd like (or t-shirts or bags). After the close of our campaign, backers will receive a survey allowing you to choose exactly which model(s) we'll be sending you. Some of the models you'll be able to choose from are pictured below.

Higher resolution photos of all available models and a searchable, interactive map can be found on the Microscape website. (Click on shaded grid squares on the map to get details on that model -- click through for additional information and photos.) 

Backers will receive a complete, detailed product guide to help in making their final selection at the successful close of the campaign.

Want to know which model a specific street address or other point of interest falls on? Use the searchable map on the Microscape website to find out -- and to get more detailed information on all of the different models available as rewards.

  
Complete Downtown Chicago - Metal Edition
Complete Downtown Chicago - Metal Edition
The Complete Downtown Chicago Model
The Complete Downtown Chicago Model
The Complete Downtown Chicago Model -- View of the Field Museum & Shedd Aquarium
The Complete Downtown Chicago Model -- View of the Field Museum & Shedd Aquarium
The Complete Downtown Chicago Model -- Looking west along the river
The Complete Downtown Chicago Model -- Looking west along the river
Microscape Featured on Business Insider, France
Microscape Featured on Business Insider, France
Microscape Featured on Wired
Microscape Featured on Wired
Microscape Featured on Time Out Chicago
Microscape Featured on Time Out Chicago
Microscape Featured on Adam Savage's Tested
Microscape Featured on Adam Savage's Tested

Risks and challenges

This isn't our first rodeo. Ok, it's only our second. But we learned a lot from the first one and can say with confidence that we'll once again deliver rewards on time.

The one significant problem we did run into after our first campaign was shipping damage -- particularly with models going overseas. Our new packaging (introduced a few months ago and used for all outgoing Manhattan Collection orders since then) takes care of this very effectively and has all but eliminated this problem.

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    Your Two Cents

    In addition to our thanks, you'll get to give us your two cents and cast a vote to determine the next city we Microscape. (The poll will be conducted following the successful conclusion of this campaign.)

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    Microscape Eco-bag

    Show your support with a Microscape Eco-bag.

    You'll also get to give us your two cents and cast a vote to determine the next city we Microscape. (The poll will be conducted following the successful conclusion of this campaign.)

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    Microscape T-Shirt

    (save 20% off the Full Price of $30)

    Show your support with a Microscape T-Shirt.

    You'll also get to give us your two cents and cast a vote to determine the next city we Microscape. (The poll will be conducted following the successful conclusion of this campaign.)

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    Super Early Bird Special

    (Save Nearly 50% off the Full Price of $125)

    Your choice of 1 of 36 detailed models capturing downtown Chicago at a tremendous discount for the very earliest backers.

    You'll also of course get to cast your vote to determine the next city we Microscape.

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    Early Bird Special

    (Save 40% off the Full Price of $125)

    Choose any 1 of the 36 detailed models capturing downtown Chicago at a heavily discounted price for a limited number of backers.

    You'll also of course get to cast your vote to determine the next city we Microscape.

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    Select Any 1 Downtown Chicago Model

    (Save Over 30% off the Full Price of $125)

    Your choice of 1 of 36 detailed models capturing downtown Chicago at a substantial discount.

    You'll also of course get to cast your vote to determine the next city we Microscape.

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    Cloud Gate - Signed Limited Edition

    (Save 30% off the Full Price of $180)

    Produced at a scale of 1:2500 (twice that of our standard panels) these limited edition pieces zoom into Anish Kapoor's iconic Cloud Gate and render it in highly reflective Rhodium-Plated Brass.

    The panel measures 6 inches by 6 inches at its base and approximately 3.5 inches tall.

    Each panel in this edition of 100 will be numbered and signed by the co-founders.

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    Select Any 2 Downtown Chicago Models

    (Save 40% off the Full Price of $250)

    Microscape models are beautiful individually, but form an even more compelling sculptural piece when grouped together.

    Choose any two of the 36 detailed models that make up downtown Chicago and lock in a tremendous discount.

    Add a frame (available on the Microscape website) and save even more with a discount code that all backers will receive at the successful conclusion of this campaign.

    You'll also of course get to cast your vote to determine the next city we Microscape.

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    Select Any 4 Downtown Chicago Models

    (Save 45% off the Full Price of $500)

    Microscape models are beautiful individually, but form an even more compelling sculptural piece when grouped together.

    Choose any four of the 36 detailed models that make up downtown Chicago and lock in a tremendous discount.

    Add a frame (available on the Microscape website) and save even more with a discount code that all backers will receive at the successful conclusion of this campaign.

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    Select Any 6 Downtown Chicago Models

    (Save 45% off the Full Price of $750)

    Microscape models are beautiful individually, but form an even more compelling sculptural piece when grouped together.

    Choose any six of the 36 detailed models that make up downtown Chicago and lock in a tremendous discount.

    Add a frame (available on the Microscape website) and save even more with a discount code that all backers will receive at the successful conclusion of this campaign.

    You'll also of course get to cast your vote to determine the next city we Microscape.

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    Select Any 8 Downtown Chicago Models

    (Save 45% off the Full Price of $1,000)

    Microscape models are beautiful individually, but form an even more compelling sculptural piece when grouped together.

    Choose any eight of the 36 detailed models that make up downtown Chicago and lock in a tremendous discount.

    Add a frame (available on the Microscape website) and save even more with a discount code that all backers will receive at the successful conclusion of this campaign.

    You'll also of course get to cast your vote to determine the next city we Microscape.

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    Select Any 9 Downtown Chicago Models

    (Save Over 45% off the Full Price of $1,125)

    Microscape models are beautiful individually, but form an even more compelling sculptural piece when grouped together.

    Choose any nine of the 36 detailed models that make up downtown Chicago and lock in a tremendous discount.

    Add a frame (available on the Microscape website) and save even more with a discount code that all backers will receive at the successful conclusion of this campaign.

    You'll also of course get to cast your vote to determine the next city we Microscape.

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    Complete Downtown Chicago - White

    (Save 40% off the Full Price of $4,500)

    The Complete 36-Model Microscape: Downtown Chicago Collection, measuring 36 inches by 36 inches (91.4 centimeters by 91.4 centimeters) and approximately 6 inches (15.24 centimeters) tall/deep.

    The collection will ship to you pre-assembled, with all models fastened to a rigid, white-painted substrate panel. It will arrive ready to hang on a wall using an included aluminum French cleat.

    You'll also of course get to cast your vote to determine the next city we Microscape.

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    Complete Downtown Chicago - Metal

    (Save 40% off the Full Price of $5,000)

    A variation on the Complete 36-Model Microscape: Downtown Chicago Collection that substitutes a continuous sheet of brushed metal for the surface of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River.

    As an alternative to the clean minimalism of the pure white model, this version features stunning contrast between the printed buildings and ground-plane and the metal water surface.

    This model is identical in size to the pure white version, measuring 36 inches by 36 inches (91.4 centimeters by 91.4 centimeters) and approximately 6 inches (15.24 centimeters) tall/deep.

    The collection will ship to you pre-assembled, with all models fastened to a rigid substrate panel. It will arrive ready to hang on a wall using an included aluminum French cleat.

    You'll also of course get to cast your vote to determine the next city we Microscape.

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