Nice Trails can stimulate special souvenirs out of your favorite mountainous treks. ( Nice Trails)
Hikers who have subdued some of the most challenging roads and want to show off these accomplishments can now memorialize their impressive feats in stunning 3D-printed sculptures made from their GPS tracks.
Nice Trails, a project started by Oscar Ardaiz, a computer science Ph.D. candidate based in Barcelona, Spain, makes models, or “trophies, ” that visualize GPS-tracked hiking trails, cycling trails or other mountainous roads in three dimensions.
A user can simply upload and save a GPS track to the project’s website, and Nice Trails will create a 3D-printed replica of the track and the surrounding terrain. The company said it takes about two weeks to produce each customized trophy, and the models can include such details as lagoons, forested regions, grasslands and snow cover with the GPS path traced in red.[ 11 Outdoor Gifts for Exploring Our Amazing Planet]
Ardaiz said the inspiration for Nice Trails came from his own longing for a special keepsake to celebrate climbing Washington’s Mount Rainier.
“One day, back from climbing Mount Rainier, I was revisiting the trail with my phone, and while I was so proud and happy of the hike, I felt that that line on a flat map didn’t quite represents the awesomeness of the working day spend conquering the top, ” Ardaiz wrote in a description of the project on the Nice Trails website. “So I really wanted to opinion my way in 3D, to watch the pinnacles and valleys that I crossed.”
The hollow models are stimulate with a gypsum-based powder bound with an adhesive, according to Nice Trails.
The trophies are available in three sizings: The smallest sizing, measuring 1.97 inches long, retails for $55; the medium size( and most popular, according to Nice Trails) measures 3.94 inches long and retails for $111; the largest measures 5.91 inches long and retails for $167.
More information, including how to upload your GPS ways and buy a model, can be found on the Nice Trails website.
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