Creating and 3D Printing Track Maps
I wanted to create wall art of race tracks that I have driven or attended during live events. Some can be found from a quick search on https://www.yeggi.com/ but others need to be created.
Since a local track was not available, I needed a way to outline the map, crate an .svg and import that into Ultimaker Cura for 3D printing.
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- First find the track online using Open Street Maps. Here is an example of NJMP.
- Next click the share icon and export a SVG file that can be used in a vector editor like Inkscape.
- Open the SVG file and either trace the track or select it with the clip tool and create a clean SVG file with just the track outline.
- Convert the clean SVG file to an STL by using an online tool such as this.
- Finally import the STL into your 3D printing tool such as UltimakerCura.
- Once printed, I mounted the tracks on the wall using some 3M mounting putty such as this.