Sep 26, 2013

Construction of bamboo geodesic dome with 3d printed connectors



Assembly of a geodesic dome made with bamboo and a 3D printer from colaborativa.
This is a timelapse video of the assembly of a geodesic dome made with bamboo and a RepRap 3D Printer. The prototype was assembled for the first time in Scarpia XII (http://scarpia2013.blogspot.com.es) on July, 2013. The experimental design is based on the work of Buckminster Fuller, domerama.com, effalo and Colaborativa's own designs and it is shared with a creative commons license.

3d printing is very useful for production of geodesic connectors and hubs. I think that there is still lot of space left for much more innovation and improvements (ie. connectors for square boards etc.) .

There are several deigns on Thingiverse:

http://www.thingiverse.com/search/page:1?q=geodesic&sa=





























Here is another interesting project that connects 3d printing approach and geodesic structures by design software and building elements production:

http://diy3dprinting.blogspot.com/2013/06/arcology-now-3d-printing-geodesic.html


If you are interested in geodesic construction, http://www.domerama.com/ (not working anymore) is a good resource page. For a geodesic dome calculator check out:

http://www.desertdomes.com/domecalc.html