1. Conventional geodesic domes are a hub-strut system that makes a frame structure. We use standard lumber sizes and our Patented connection system. We manufacture and sell complete "Frame Kits" as well as "Connector Kits" of dome assembling hardware.
- We manufacture several types of geodesic structures and have the largest selection of dome types and sizes available with many new, exclusive designs.
2. Conventional geodesic domes made from steel tubes- thin wall conduit. Tube sizes are typically from 1/2" to 2" diameter. These domes are best constructed without using connectors or "hubs". Tube ends are flattened, bent to required angles, and holes made for fasteners. The tube ends are stacked on a bolt to make the connection. We grind rough areas smooth and paint machined bare metal areas with a rust preventive paint.
3. Unconventional domes are new dome designs developed by gardendome.com They are new versions of conventional domes, and domes based on polyhedra other than conventional icosahedral and octahedral domes. Examples are the Star Domes, Garden Dome 3-X1, Dodeca-Dome, etc. Our Patented construction connector makes new designs possible for hub-strut domes. These designs have also been applied to to the steel tube domes. Example- a Star Dome 2-C, 20 ft. 2 x 4 dome frame
4. Geodesic spheres are ornamental sphere sculptures. Steel tubes are the best construction material for this type.5. Other dome types- double domes, diamond truss domes, elliptical domes, new polyhedral dome types. Various construction materials such as aluminum and rebar, and different construction methods. Includes custom design work to meet specific requirements.
Example- Star Dome spheres made from 3/4" steel tubes.
An Introduction to Geodesic PrinciplesA triangle makes a rigid structure and it is the most basic system of structural stability. When pressure is applied to a geodesic triangle, the force is distributed to the edges and vertices. This premise does not hold true for a rectilinear or square structure. This is why geodesic domes are so sturdy. Force is distributed along the struts to the hub cylinders and adjacent struts. Compression and tension energy is equalized creating a unified system. A completed dome stands as a single unit, light and strong; aerodynamic and able to endure high winds and earthquakes better than a conventional structure. Because of the spherical shape, domes enclose more space using less materials than a square building. Spherical shapes based on regular polygons (equal edges and surfaces) make up geodesic domes. They are the geometric division of space very similar to what is found in the natural world, as in atomic structure, crystals, flowers and seed pods, eyes and eggs, raindrops, bubbles and snowflakes. Have you ever wondered why planets and baseballs are spherical, as well as oranges and grapes, hailstones and carbon atoms? It is because roundness is nature's system of simplicity and efficiency. We have used the five regular polyhedra and several of the semi-regular polyhedra to create our dome designs:
- Tetrahedron: Tetra Dome, Tetra Dome 2 HZ, Tetra Dome 3 HZ
- Hexahedron (Cube): Tetra Dome, Truncated Cube
- Octahedron: Octa Dome, Octa Dome 2, 3, 4 etc.
- Icosahedron: Icosa Dome, Bucky-Ball, Garden Dome 1, 2, 3 etc.
- Dodecahedron: Dodeca Dome, Star Dome 2
- Icosa - Dodecahedron: Star Dome 1
- Cube-octahedron: Cube - Octa Dome
- Rhombic - cube - octa: Rhombi - Cube - Octa (RCO) DomeView Platonic and Archimedean Solids which can all be used as geometry models for useful and practical life size structures.
Applications include: garden rooms or hothouse/greenhouse, playrooms, workshops, art, music, pottery studios, arbors, self-contained wildscapes/waterscapes/desertscapes, pool covers, gazebos, garages, homes, cabins, emergency shelters, etc.
Caravan of Dreams
Climatron Casa Mañana Epcot Church
Link- McDonald Observatory HET Biosphere 2 Hart and Wenninger
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