Paper Globe

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About: An engineer, seamstress, cook, coder, and overall maker. Spent a summer at Instructables; got a degree in E: Neural Engineering at Olin College; made a microcontroller (tessel.io); now thinking about climate...

While looking up the butterfly projection of the world, I noticed that the flat edges would be easy to cut out with tabs and glue together as a 3D globe.

It's not the prettiest globe, but easy to make. Certainly truer to a three-dimensional world than the Mercator projection.

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Step 1: Find a Butterfly Projection of the World

Search online. There are lots. Here is one I found on the xkcd forums.

Step 2: Print

Make sure to leave enough space around the edges of the page to cut tabs.

Step 3: Cut

Cut tabs as shown.

Step 4: Assemble

Use tacky glue to fold the tabs under and watch as your globe takes on round-ish dimensions!

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    vladivastok

    3 years ago

    COULD THE SAME THING BE MODIFIED FOR A ROUND GLOBE ? THANK'S [ VLAD]

    Nice! I also admired this as art- this one is hung up in my living room: https://www.instructables.com/id/Laser-Etched-World-Map/

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    billbillt

    7 years ago on Introduction

    I liked this..A good one for the grandkids..Another vote!...