Build Your Own Mathematically Accurate Geodesic Dome with Hubs

Posted On Thu, July 9, 2015 By

Posted On Thu, July 9, 2015 By In Design, Technology

Last month we introduced Kodama Zomes, a unique hanging lounger shaped like a geodesic dome that’s perfect for reading, meditating, or just plain relaxing outside on a summer day. But for the more scientifically inclined, we’ve now found a build-it-yourself geodesic dome. The product may not come with built-in cushions, but it is mathematically accurate and educational. First spotted by designboom, Hubs makes building a dome so simple that one can be erected in under 30 minutes.

When Chris Jordan and Mike Paisley tried to build their own super-cheap geodesic dome, they realized it probably took them longer than it needed to. So back in 2012, they used a Solidoodle 3D printer to create the first prototype for Hubs.

Hubs, geodesic dome, build your own geodesic dome

The concept is actually quite simple. The connection joints resemble the childhood toy K’nex; the ball joints radiate out from the main hub and screw into a piece of wood. Then it’s all a matter of repetition before the basic dome is completed. This usually takes 10-15 minutes, but no more than a half hour. An added benefit of the system is that it alleviates the need for tools or support mechanisms.

Hubs, geodesic dome, build your own geodesic dome

Hubs, geodesic dome, build your own geodesic dome

The kit comes in two options, with or without sticks. The former also gives you netting and the accompanying base fittings. Additionally, there’s a Hubs Mini kit (pictured above) that uses plastic straws and connectors for mock ups or use in the classroom.

Hubs, geodesic dome, build your own geodesic dome

Hubs, geodesic dome, build your own geodesic dome

If you go with the kit that doesn’t offer wood, you’ll have to cut your own rods. But this allows for customization; the larger the pieces of wood, the larger the dome will be. The Hubs team chose the wood route because the natural look is much more complementary to garden spaces than metal or plastic, and it’s easily changed out.

Hubs, geodesic dome, build your own geodesic dome

Hubs took to Kickstarter about two weeks ago, and in just under one week they surpassed their goal of $19,065. Now, with 14 days to go, they’ve reached $37,195. Find out how to pre-order your own kit here.

[Via designboom]

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