Watch the Making of the Dymaxion Globe: A 3‑D Rendering of Buckminster Fuller’s Revolutionary Map

Last year, we shined a light on Buck­min­ster Fuller’s Dymax­ion Map. Unveiled back in 1943, the Dymax­ion Map (shown below) rev­o­lu­tion­ized map design, allow­ing us to see our world in an entire­ly new way. As the Buck­min­ster Fuller Insti­tute describes it:

Also known as the “Dymax­ion Map,” the Fuller Pro­jec­tion Map is the only flat map of the entire sur­face of the Earth which reveals our plan­et as one island in one ocean, with­out any visu­al­ly obvi­ous dis­tor­tion of the rel­a­tive shapes and sizes of the land areas, and with­out split­ting any con­ti­nents.

Fuller’s map has since inspired the award-win­ning Autha­Graph World Map, cre­at­ed by Japan­ese archi­tect and artist Hajime Narukawa. And it led robot­ics engi­neer Gavin Smith to fash­ion The Dymax­ion Globe, essen­tial­ly by divid­ing the Dymax­ion Map into tri­an­gles and and fold­ing them into a three-dimen­sion­al fig­ure. Smith explains the process of mak­ing a Dymax­ion Globe over at Make Mag­a­zine. But above, you can watch it all hap­pen in a video pro­duced by Adam Sav­age’s Test­ed YouTube chan­nel. They walk you through the cre­ation of a laser-cut Dymax­ion Globe. Enjoy.

Relat­ed Con­tent:

Buck­min­ster Fuller’s Map of the World: The Inno­va­tion that Rev­o­lu­tion­ized Map Design (1943)

Japan­ese Design­ers May Have Cre­at­ed the Most Accu­rate Map of Our World: See the Autha­Graph

Every­thing I Know: 42 Hours of Buck­min­ster Fuller’s Vision­ary Lec­tures Free Online (1975)

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