the foundation of all our 3D models

What makes our 3D Data so special

There are 2 questions that we get asked very often:

DO YOU SELL YOUR 3D DATA?
No, unfortunately our digital 3D data is not for sale.

HOW DO YOU GET YOUR 3D DATA?
This is what this article is all about. The way we get our data is a rather complicated and complex process.
Learn about the data we use and how we process it to achieve the incredible level of detail in our 3D City Maps.

In a nutshell

It's handmade

We combine a large number of different data sets and post-process them by hand.

It's like recreating a city building by building.

Our 3D data creation process - From a city to its 3D model

Base model

We generate our base dataset by combining up to 15 different data layers. This varies from city to city but usually includes floor plans, digitalized city layouts, satellite imagery, Lidar data and more.

We typically purchase our core data directly from satellite data providers or in pre-processed formats from our supplier network.

This allows us - theoretically - to create a 3D model from every place on earth.

details

From this step on the work is done by hand. We compare our models, which have so far been mainly computer-generated, with the real city. Google Earth and Street View, current images from social media and the web serve as reference. This process takes many hours, but ensures very high accuracy and outstanding details.

New building projects and construction sites are added using preview renderings or even floor plans provided directly by architectural firms.

Refinement

With years of experience in 3D printing, we know exactly what our printers are capable of.

We adapt our 3D digital models to make them printable while staying as close to the real city as possible. This process includes the refinement of structures like spires & antennas, overhangs & bridges, detailed facades and the base terrain.

Post-processing

After the production all models are post-processed by hand, mounted into a frame, inspected during quality control and packed securely for worldwide shipping.