How We're Different
QuickDomes are not traditional geodesic domes
QuickDomes are based on the truncated icosahedron, one of the geometric solids identified by Archimedes (Greek, mathematician, 287 BC - 212 BC), whose criteria included using only regular polygons, i.e. same edge length, that meet at identical vertices. These simplifications, combined with the elimination of 2/3 of the poles required for an equivalent-sized geodesic dome, represent profound economies over the existing standard.
QuickDomes balance compressive forces with tension, emulating the dynamic integrity found in all complex systems. We create tension using custom-made webs (nylon cargo strap and ratchet cams) that pull across the surface of the frame. These webs provide all the connecting force in our system, so there are no additional fasteners or tools needed to build one of our domes.
QuickDomes have a uniform pole length throughout the structure; a small number of half-length poles are used around the base to increase entry height. Since all the poles are the same length, there's no need to follow a detailed map of instructions for the build. Our poles are made from Schedule 40 aluminum pipe so they're both sturdy and light.
Because the geometry dictates that only three poles always meet at the same intersection, all our frames can be built with a set of identical hubs. The hub serves as a connecting platform for the other two parts in the frame system. The hubs also provide attachment points for covers and accessories, like audio and video components. Literally, the hub is where the whole thing comes together.
sim·plex’·i·ty sĭm-plěk'sĭ-tē noun
Sniglet- 1. Simplifying the complex; to make less complicated; reduce complexity; to simplify a problem. 2. Delivering complex solutions in the simplest way.