I designed this as an engineering project at school. I worked on this project with my group for about a month. I used Fusion 360 and mainly the spline tool to trace out an outline of each layer in Lake Tahoe. The final product came out very nicely and we made two different models. One model using wood and the other with cardboard. We used paint to give the lake some color and a spray of clear coat to make it shine. We also used wood stain on the top layer to create contrast between the water and land.
The neat thing with making this lake is that you can customize it:
You can cut as many or little layers as your want
You can cut it out of different materials
You can make it as big or as small as you like
You can add different land/water features (Nevada/Cali border, forests, lakes, streets, water depth)
I am 17 years old and I started with 3D printing in March of 2017. This all started with some inspiration and motivation, which came from school and youtube videos. I own the Anet A8, which I feel all beginners should start with. It teaches you much more about 3D printing than just buying a pre-assembled one. My current interests include robotics, programming, designing, laser cutting and of course…3D printing.