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Build Your Own Mathematically Accurate Geodesic Dome with Hubs

Posted On Thu, July 9, 2015ByDana SchulzInDesignTechnology

Posted On Thu, July 9, 2015ByDana SchulzInDesignTechnology

Last month we introducedKodama Zomes, a unique hanging lounger shaped like ageodesic domethats perfect for reading, meditating, or just plain relaxing outside on a summer day. But for the more scientifically inclined, weve 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 bydesignboomHubsmakes 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 aSolidoodle3D printer to create the first prototype forHubs.

The concept is actually quite simple. The connection joints resemble the childhood toyKnex; the ball joints radiate out from the main hub and screw into a piece of wood. Then its 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.

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

If you go with the kit that doesnt offer wood, youll 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 its easily changed out.

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

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