geodesic dome connector

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geodesic dome connector by Marten Nov 26, 2010

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connectors for 5 and 6 point connection to build a dome based on 8mm (M8) rods, see

In the openscad you can edit the some values for sizes and strength.

Use on your own risk.


http://www.desertdomes.com/ for detailed info.

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Love it! I don't have a 3d printer yet, but this is exactly why I want one. Have you build a full dome with these designs? I'd be curious to know how much plastic the connectors actually use. Also, how's the strength?

R. Buckminster Fuller designed a bookshelf for a geodesic dome structure. It provided down force at a few points near the top of the dome (improved structure stability) it was held in place via 6 cables and the shelf itself was a hexagonal pillar. The way it hung in the structure also made it stationary, unless it was lifted. I don't know why, but I always found this design elegant and ingenious.

This may just be me being silly, but here is a link to his patent:

Patent number: 4377114

it is 58.28252559
º from the line to the center of the dome on a 1v

it is 58.28252559
º from the line to the center of the dome on a 1v

I like your modification. probably would print faster less plastic. How well would the overhangs print?

I have been playing a bit with, I prints well to my needs. My dome is build with 8M rods and I want I a hammock in there, so I prefer it a bit stronger. For a V1 the angle is wrong, I am trying 30 degrees now.

it is 58.28252559
º from the line to the center of the dome on a 1v

sorry only ment to post once :-[

it is 58.28252559
º from the line to the center of the dome on a 1v

it is 58.28252559
º from the line to the center of the dome on a 1v