I''m off camping in a few weeks, and as I''ll just have a fixed pitch, thought I''d have a go at designing/making a geodesic dome tent.
"You idiot" I hear you say... I''d probably be inclined to agree with you.
2. Quick and easy to erect
I was thinking of a wood frame, as lengths of wood are cheap and easy to cut.
I have also decided that a 2 frequency dome would be easiest, with an ambitious (ha!) radius of 2m.
Seeing http://www.geo-dome.co.uk/article.asp?uname=blockbeam_dome I had an idea of building the pent blocks as shown and then attaching five "A" pieces to each. They would then be secured by a clamp block on the underneath which would require only one bolt per block. Each of the pent hubs (5, rather than 6, as one would be the entrance) would therefore be pre-assembled, with all the A pieces attached, but fold up quite nicely.
However, I''m stuck with the hex hubs and how to attach the "B" pieces. As the "B" pieces form triangles, they can''t fold up, so I had the idea of just making all the triangles and then attaching them as one piece structures.
However, that still leaves me with no idea (at the moment) how to attach the hex hubs to their relevant "A" and "B" pieces.
Apologies for the text descriptions. All my sketches are on paper and I don''t own a scanner!
Has anyone seen a collapsible dome structure before?
Any hints/tips applicable to this idea?
Any ideas on how to attach everything/anything using this method?
Many thanks :)
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I am new,wish you a happy day!
hi i am doing the same thing this weekend i have made the dome out of polyprop soil pipe with machine srew and wingnut construction i have a more ambitious 4.4 metre radius but will have lots of helpers : ) hope yours went well will let you know how it went for me.