In High-resolution Printed Giant Ball –Foil Coated Globe, ø100 cm
First, the fibreglass basic ball of 100 cm / 40 in in diameter was manufactured: two fibreglass hemispheres, hand-made, were glued together. Then, the surface of the ball was primed and sanded in preparation for the final foil coating/pasting.
One particular challenge was in the ball foil coating/pasting phase. Each ball was divided into a 2D image, in a complex conversion procedure using several elliptical segments (24 pieces per sphere measuring 100 cm (40 in) in diameter). This permitted the application of the foil plots on the ball’s curves.
This production method permitted globes of all sizes (up to about 10 m / 11 yds.) in diameter) to be foil coated/pasted with visually stunning and high-resolution images, without the distortion of the applied image.