Considerations for this method
The horizontal topo model making method produces various degrees of detail depending on the thickness of the material.
Assembly can be time intensive but there are tricks to make it faster: using spray mount or a staple gun instead of glue speeds up the assembly process. It can also require a large amount of material which is expensive and makes for a heavy model; cutting out the non-visible insides of the layers and nesting smaller layers within them can help (see topic: Laser-Cut Topography: Offset Method).
|METHOD||MATERIAL||COST ($/sf)||TIME: file prep (hr)||TIME: fab (hr)||TIME: assembly (hr)||TIME: total||MATERIAL RECYCLABILITY|
|Horizontal laser-cut topo - 25 layers||1/16" chip with plywood base||$30||8||5||10||23||yes|
|Horizontal laser-cut topo - 25 layers||4ply museum||$62||8||5||10||23||yes|