Is it possible to extract all 3d data (terrain + objects: buildings, vegetation, landmarks, etc.) from Google Earth in an easy way and 3d print it? I found tutorials about extracting the terrain itself, but I would like to print a section of a city which is nicely populated with detailed models. Since it would still cover a larger area, downloading and printing the buildings separately is not an option.

  • 3d printed as in terrainator.com ? – Mapperz Mar 12 '15 at 2:05
  • yes, but the point is to include the buildings, trees and all 3d content as well as the terrain itself – Mkoch Mar 14 '15 at 19:54

In case anyone else has this question, I found a way at least to export an area (up to 800m x 800m per file) of buildings at once from Google Earth (well, from OSM, which is the source of most of the buildings in GE). I don't know if it takes terrain variations into account (at that resolution, inside a city there probably isn't so much variation anyways):


  • Do the buildings in Google Earth really come from OSM? – Mattropolis Jun 23 '17 at 18:16

The easiest way is to see if there's LiDAR data for the area you are looking at. Go to NSF OpenTopography to see if there is any available for your area. Then Shapespeare on YouTube has a pretty straightforward tutorial on how to print from LiDAR data here.

  • If I understand correctly, it's still just the terrain whereas I'd like to have the 3D models of trees, houses etc. which exist in Google Earth – Mkoch Apr 22 '15 at 17:38

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