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3D printed internet geographies

Published on
30 Sep 2015
Written by
Mark Graham

The Datasthesia team recently turned one of our digital maps into a material printed object. They also kindly shared their files so that we could replicate the process with our own printer. This is what some of the process looked like (it took five hours to print).

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What I find fascinating about this whole process is the way in which the digital and material were iteratively producing and reproducing each other. We started with places, practices, and processes that Wikipedians felt were notable enough to document. Our team then aggregated all of those data into a digital map that illustrated the densities of information on Wikipedia. We then went back and turned those digital representations into a solid graspable object. Here it is; the world according to Wikipedia:

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