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 have been 3D printing since March 2017 and I am 16 years old. I am interested in creating useful prints and home decor. I am also interested in computer programming. I am still a beginner/intermediate at CAD and a high school student, so I create designs during my leisure time. I got into 3D printing when my school started discussing and showing us their printers. At school we got some elite printers: The Prusa i3 mk2 and the Lulzbot Taz 5. I also got motivated by YouTube videos as well.