Mapzen, which offers a vector tile service, made Tile Exporter, so that you can search the world and 3-D print your favorites. Since the vector tiles contain three-dimensional information, I decided to fabricate them with a 3D printer. To prepare the tiles for the printer, we first created a tool called the Tile Exporter. It grabs a Mapzen vector tile, offers you 3d preview in your browser, and then creates an .OBJ file of the scene that you can download. It’s super easy to use, and even if you don’t have access to a 3-D printer, it’s kind of fun to zoom in on locations and drag your mouse around. But, if you do have access to a 3-D printer, it’s even more fun. Of course, this all depends on data availability. The tiles are based on OpenStreetMap data, so if nothing is entered for your area of interest, there won’t be anything to print. I almost didn’t make a best-of list this year, but as I clicked through the year’s post, it was hard … People get married at various ages, but there are definite trends that vary across demographic groups. What do these trends look like? The individual data points of life are much less predictable than the average. Here’s a simulation that shows you how much time is left on the clock. Moving on from the most trendy names in US history, let’s look at the most unisex ones. Some names have … Source.