These are manufactured with standard sizes of galvanized steel
round tubes (EMT type). Tube ends are flattened with a hydraulic
press, bent to the proper mating angle, holes punched with a precision
die. Machined areas are ground smooth and anti-corrosion paint applied.
These domes are bolted together with or without the patented Connector
Use with the Connector Hub system for easiest assembly/disassembly
and portability. Also for level, even, consistent face planes for attaching
glass panels, greenhouse glazing, or board panels. This 18 ft Octa-Dome
was made from 1-3/8" tubes:
Simpler tube domes made without the need for hubs - keeps cost low.
Smaller domes (up to approx. 20 ft depending on dome type) may be shipped
UPS in 2-5 packages.
Larger dome packages shipped by Roadway Express
The Connecting Hubs may be used when ease of assembly and repeated assembly/disassembly
is a factor.
Great for double domes, Diamond TrussTM
domes, lightweight project domes, tents, experimental structures
Combinations of hub/non-hub vertices on certain domes possible.
Combinations of various tube sizes (diameter) on a single dome, or wood
and steel etc. etc.
The steel domes are very structurally strong, durable, with
galvanized tubes and hardware used throughout. Very large domes possible,
and reinforced Diamond Truss
A 2 frequency Geo-Sphere made with 3/4" tubes.
Please inquire for a special price quote on the steel
conduit domes. Give us a dome size and preferred type. Only complete Frame
Kits will be made available (no Connector Kits). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out the steel Star Star
Use standard extrusions of hollow tubes,
round, square, etc. or structural beams such as I beams, and sheet metal
connector plates as demonstrated on the 3
ft Garden Dome 4 concept model. Connector plates are round or
cut with star arms and drilled for fasteners. You may have inner
and/or outer connector plates made from standard thickness aluminum sheet.
More details at -->Aluminum
Diamond Truss TM
Made from round steel tubes as above. Other construction materials possible.
Such as a wood dome, steel cables, aluminum etc. Ideal for larger reinforced
domes or smaller domes that will need to be very strong. These are 2 separate
domes interconnected, one inside the other joined at several common vertices.
Example 1: Class II 4v with Diamond Truss cross bracing shown
with dashed lines produces an interior Class I 2v (Garden Dome 2) dome
with common vertices (top view). Note: this is not the same concept
as the Garden Dome 2-
X3 for example because the two connected domes shown above are separate
with common vertices. Each has its own geodesic roundness. Each strengthens
the other with dome "synergy" - the 3-D pyramid truss. More
Example 2: Garden Dome 1 with the Diamond Truss system added
makes an Icosa Dome in the interior (dashed lines). With 10 ft. boards
(or tubes) for the Icosa Dome, the G.D.1 struts will be approximately 6
and 7 feet long, and the dome diameter will be 20 feet.
An inner layer of clear poly film and an outer layer of the woven
super poly, Coroplast or polycarbonate
glazing will add greatly to the insulating ability of the dome as well
as reinforcing structural strength.
Spherical Pyramid Truss Domes
More varieties and strengthening options for the steel domes described
above. A closer knit spherical octahedron- tetrahedron (octet) pyramid
truss multiplies elements and synergistic strength, ideal for larger domes.
More unlimited possibilities. CAD drawings available.
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The most famous dome of this type: Expo