I'm so excited to share my first 3D model. It took about a week for the UNR DeLaMare Library to complete the project but I think the results look fantastic. This is how the Hycroft mine will look at the end of mining according to Allied Nevada's March 2013 technical report. This shows the extents of mining only. Backfill dumps will fill in a large percentage of the mine at this point but as a mine engineer I am really interested in the mining of the gold.
The sides of the model are thick enough to support the weight but the top got a little thin in places. You can see where the bottom of some of the pits actually broke through (you can see the desk through these holes). The printer laid the plastic down in 0.01 inch layers. These can be seen in the topography. To give you some scale, mined benches are 50 ft high and if you look really closely you can see the haul road along the wall.