hand lamination

Hand laminated


Machine made

National Geographic illuminated globes

The National Geographic Society was founded in 1888 to "improve and disseminate geographical knowledge."
Today, National Geographic is one of the world's largest scientific non-profit organisations.
It has been a pioneer in the field of cartography for over 120 years.

Räthgloben 1917 Verlag produces the hand-laminated models in Leipzig,
The parent company, Tecnodidattica in Italy, is responsible for machine production.


What is the difference between hand-laminating and machine production (thermoforming technology) for globes?

While hand-lamination requires many manual steps and many years of experience, machine-made globes are produced using thermoforming technology. In this process, a film is pulled over the acrylic glass globe by machine.