Does anyone know if a plug in exists for solidworks that converts google earth data to a solidworks part file. I want to machine a topographic map of Alaska out of a piece of wood in the shape of Alaska for my step sons history class.
Give this a shot - https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1524543
I believe Google Earth format (KMZ) is a mesh. If using SW Premium or Pro, Scan to 3D might be able to generate a usable surface from the mesh. There are a few utilities that will convert KMZ files to a common mesh format like STL.
AccuTrans3D reads KMZ files, there's a trial available ... haven't used it myself for KMZ files, but I do use it a lot with other mesh formats.
Some CAM software will work from meshes, so converting to nurbs may not be necessary.
Hi Ron Pearson
SketchUp is able to import 3D data from Earth and export it as 3D. Maybe this can be a solution for you.
I think it would have to be the Sketchup Pro version. The free version only saves to Sketchup format (no export options).
Hi Chris Dordoni
You can use the trial version for 30 days. With this you can export the data to 3D.
I couldn't open this website due to work restrictions, but it has an interesting title
From Digital Terrain Data to 3D Printing: 5 Steps
Retrieving data ...