World Map in Dymaxion Projection (print-cut-fold-and-glue)

Posted by smaprs on 5 November 2016 in English (English)


Here there are two OSM based print-cut-fold-and-glue artwork for kids (and not so young), to share and help to spread OSM and geography interest:

World Map in Dymaxion Projection

Composed by OSMuser:smaprs (with QGIS and image editor) and with a little help from Brazilian OSM Comunity and others. - Free for copy and share under CC-BY-SA 2.0

Country names: © OpenStreetMap contributors

Grid/Country borders at: (blank version)

Base Map: OSM Landscape (colour version)

Ocean Floor Relief: Global Map Projector Equirectangular

Dymaxion python script at:

To fit in Dymaxion Projection the OSM Base Map had to be firstly converted to a Plate-Carreé projection in 2:1 aspect ratio PNG picture. This was done in QGIS.

English version printable: OSM World Landscape: wiki / Blank Globe for colouring: wiki

OSM Landscape Layer

Blank version for colouring


Folding dymaxion schema! All these pictures I did, they are free for copy and share under CC-BY-SA 2.0


-Print and cut at thicker outer lines.

-Firstly do all folds, pressing them for both sides to make paper more ductile, then you can start to glue contiguous tabs.

-Last triangle may be just fit, not glued.

-In larger scales you may do it in thicker paper.

-Also it can be done a small hole in poles, to pass a line to hang the globe. (Tip: with this small hole, you can also carefully pass a folded wire through inner side to press last tabs to glue if you want, then remove the wire...)

Hope you like it. Try to do it.

Location: 0.000, 0.000

Comment from Warin61 on 5 November 2016 at 22:21


Comment from brogo on 10 November 2016 at 09:58


Can you post the instructions how to fold and glue in englsih?

Comment from smaprs on 10 November 2016 at 11:03

Thank you all. Hi Brogo, there are no written instructions (nor in portuguese), it's all to get visually in the small images at the top of each sheet: all folds have to be done to the same side. Also the little tabs to glue, all for inner side, with a thin gel glue strip. I've added a pic of folds done at the bottom.

Comment from smaprs on 10 November 2016 at 11:16

I've added english instructions, hope it helps ;-)

Comment from GOwin on 23 November 2016 at 02:00

Very nice! I'll remember to use these in our next mapping session for kids.

Comment from milkbread on 21 April 2017 at 13:21

Really nice! Sadly...I'm not able to see the python script, you refer to ( there any chance for me to get it?

Comment from milkbread on 25 April 2017 at 06:01

Yeah...I found them them too...I was just hopping to have a look at the python-implementation. But thx for your reply!

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