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World map bamboo lasercut simplified worldmap

by Bazzz, published

World map bamboo lasercut simplified worldmap by Bazzz Mar 4, 2017

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Wood world maps are getting more and more popular but are really expensive while the production with a laser cutter is very simple.

I found a nice CC0 world map design on wikipedia which I simplified. This means I removed some small island, combined bigger islands or even attached an island to a continent. This will make the mounting to the wall a lot easier.

After that I nested the entire world into one sheet of 1200x600mm. This saves wood but keep in mind that by doing that not all countries now have the same wood grain direction.
I also added some extra stuff since there was some space left.

It was quite hard to remove all the unwanted wood after the laser cutting. Next time I would add some extra cutting lines so that the wast is easier to remove.

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Which wood did you use for that? Is this really bamboo?

Which wood did you use for that? Is this really bamboo?

I get the reindeers and the sleigh, but what are the fog horn shaped things with a triangle on each side? Looks great though, thanks for sharing!

It is a bow tie. Really quick and simple to draw/alter yourself.

On thingiverse most of the bow ties are 3d printed. This one looks quite similar:
https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1285344

Bow Tie

Right, that makes much more sense than some of my guesses, good way to make use of the wasted space on the map! Thanks for satisfying my curiosity.

Out of interest what was your process for going from map input to outlines in blue/borders in red? I tried something similar in Inkscape, before stumbling upon your files, but had no real luck.

sorry I didn't document the process. I used adobe illustrator which has much more outline/path tools than inkscape. If you google you find some nice tricks about merging and splitting line segments so that it is relative easy to split all the lines in to cutting and engraving lines.

Is there a dxf file for this? To cut on a CNC instead of a laser cutter?

how did you mount it to the wall?

I bought 20 round magnets with an hole inside on ebay. Because of the hole you only need one screw to secure the magnet against the wall.
Then I added some left over steel to the back of the wood(staples or glue will do). You will need two magnets at least per section.

This combination lets you move and rotate the wood a little for the perfect orientation:)

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