Originally posted on MAKE:
Find a reasonably round sphere, print a map onto it, and you have a globe. Sounds simple, right? That’s what Peter Bellerby thought when he decided to design and build a globe as a birthday present for his father. This took him on a difficult journey lasting over a year, and culminated in the founding of Bellerby and Co. Globemakers.
Amusingly enough, Peter had owned a bowling lane previously, so you could say he had a slight obsession with spheres. Just as there are high tolerances for bowling balls, there must be the same for globes. Any aberration in the shape of the globe is multiplied by Pi, so when pasting the elliptical “gores” to a blank globe, an error of .1 mm translates to a 2.4 mm gap.
Finally, Bellerby partnered with Formula 1 fabricators who could create a sphere with the exact specifications that he needed. After much…
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