43 Replies Latest reply on Aug 21, 2017 1:00 PM by John Stoltzfus

    Help Me Make a Globe in SolidWorks

    Charles Culp
      I have been pondering a technique in Solidworks for a little while
      now (since March), and have yet to come up with a good answer.

      After hearing multiple people on this forum ask about how to
      properly "wrap" text/etc.  I though I would try and
      take it a step further, and wrap both along the X, and then the Y.
       To analyze this question, I imported a bitmap map of the
      earth.  Then I traced over all the continents (except
      Antarctica, lets not get ahead of ourselves), and tried to
      "wrap" this around the globe.  I tried a few
      techniques, but none of mine worked.  I then thought about
      this (for months) but have come up with nothing.

      Thus I pose this as a challenge.  Whoever can create the best
      looking model of earth will win.  If any entries are actually
      received, they will be judged first on "best practices"
      for Solidworks techniques, then on accuracy to the real globe.
       PhotoWorks tools are not required.  Submittals (posts on
      this forum) are due Thursday the 23rd.  Friday I will decide
      the winner, or maybe add a poll to decide the winner.  It just
      depends if anyone is interested enough in my little contest.

      I couldn't decide if anyone would care enough to do something like
      this without a prize, so I have a completely new Solidworks
      button-up shirt, men's small, dark blue.  I have to note,
      however, that it is bigger than most smalls, so it may qualify as
      actually a medium.  I am not associated with Solidworks, nor
      is this contest; so I'm sorry, that prize is all that I have to

      I have included with this post my early workings, and the earth
      image that I used.  Note that you will have to stretch and
      crop it to actually fit on a globe, and even then it won't be quite
      right.  I started to create a spline by doing a good job of
      North and South America, but the other continents were a very rough

      Good luck, and I'm interested to see how people approach this