Gridded Globe

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Gridded Globe by MakerBot Oct 5, 2012

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Hold the world in the palm of your hand!

Based on the Unisphere built for the 1964 World Fair. The Gridded Globe was created by Michael Curry for Bre Pettis' UPS ad in the October 2012 issue of WIRED


The Gridded globe is designed to push the outer limits of 3D printing, and is an ambitious print for an experienced user.

The Globe is designed to be printed in PLA on a printer equipped with active cooling, such as the MakerBot Replicator 2. Printing at lower speeds will yield better results.

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This would look so cool printed in magnetic iron proto-pasta then rusted. Might try it.

Ok I am printing this now on a replicator 2. I slowed down the extruding speed to 75mm/s and traveling speed to 125mm/s. The bottoms of each "continent" end up printing on top of nothing so there are strands hanging down, but they can be trimmed off. Anyone with a replicator 2 have better build tips?

Is there any support.?And how to make the support? Thanks!

It looks like there are some loose items that don't connect to anything.
A real challenge to print those without support ...

Rob65 - in reply to Rob65

The Earth from a parallel universe?

Antarctica is non-existing, the north pole is a big land mass, north and south America are two separate continents and Indonesia is completely gone.
It's not only pushing the outer limits for 3D printing put also pushing the outer limits of my mind, I would not use this to teach Geography ;). Still a very nice item to print though - Thanks!

How is the bridging handled for those rounded bits? Straight bridges I understand but a curved bridge seems impossible.

As it's beeing printed slice by slice, there's no need to bridge an entire continent at once, only the current slice.
Also as the continents start at the sides, it will build upon those bits, reducing the need of bridging & support I would guess.

I can print It with MakerBot Replicator 2...it's useless for me...Oh shit ^^