Our dome kits include either flexible tubing or 3d-printed connectors and precision-cut birch dowels, so all you have to do is open up the box, grab a few friends, and start putting it together.
Because these domes are made from flexible tubing connectors and wooden dowels, they are not for climbing or designed to used as shelter. But what you do with your dome is, of course, completely up to you.
The smaller dome is big enough to enclose several children or a few seated adults. You can easily cover it with a blanket to make an enclosed space perfect for playing, reading, or meditating. A total of 26 flexible tubing connectors and 65 precision-cut, 3/8" diameter birch dowels.
The bigger dome is huge and will require a tall adult or a hoisted child to complete the topmost pentagon. It's 5/9 of a sphere, so the walls rise a bit vertically before collapsing inward and the base is not completely flat. You'll need a group of friends to help, it's nearly impossible to raise this one alone (the more help, the faster it goes). A total of 61 flexible tubing connectors and 165 precision-cut, 3/8" diameter birch dowels.
Each handmade connector is made from three lengths of flexible tubing held together with a nut, bolt, and some washers. Dowels fit snugly into the tubes to form either a 5- or 6-way node. This makes for a low-cost, reusable system for making geodesic structures of human-scale proportion.
In addition to complete kits, we're also offering a very limited run of our 3d-printed connector design. These feature a robust ball-and-socket joint and an integrated thumbscrew that securely locks the strut to the node. As an added bonus, the strut poles that come with our 3d-printed connector sets are varnished to be made weather-resistant.
These 3d-printed connectors are made in small batches in workshops and garages across the USA by fabricators with open-source 3d printers like the Makerbot.
Making products this way is a tiny step toward bringing manufacturing back to America and offers fabricators an economic incentive for owning and operating a 3d printer.
3d-printed connectors feature a robust ball-and-socket joint with an integrated thumbscrew that locks the strut to the node.
The principal fabricator for our 3d-printed connectors is Mark Cohen, who operates five 3d printers out of his garage in Brooklyn.