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A Geodesic Dome

A Geodesic Dome

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A Geodesic Dome
Some years ago I built a geodesic dome out of ½ inch galvanized steelelectrical conduit, to serve as an aviary for chickens and small parrots. Iwrote a computer program to calculate the proper lengths of steel tubing,and draw the diagram shown below:The dome is made from three different lengths of tubing. I used coloredstickers on the tubes to mark the different lengths -- red for the long ones,violet for the medium lengths, and green for the short ones. You can seethose colors in the drawing.The ends of the tubes are smashed flat with a hammer, and then holes aredrilled in the flat ends for a bolt to go through to connect up to six of thetubes together. Aviary wire is then wrapped around the dome to keep the
 
birds in and predators out. The completed dome is 18 feet high, and over 20feet in diameter.For this project, something a little more modest in size is required.Something less than three feet in diameter, so it can fit through a door.For the first attempt at a smaller dome, I used bamboo kebab skewers andgumdrops. The three lengths of the struts are 100%, 97.85%, and 84.53%.Because I knew I would be using soda straw for the more permanent secondversion, and the straws were 7¾ inches long, I chose that length for thelong (100%) strut. That made the other lengths 7½ inches, and 6½ inches.You will need these materials for the gumdrop dome:
 
90 skewers 7¾ inches long
 
85 skewers 7½ inches long
 
80 skewers 6½ inches long
 
11 green gumdrops
 
15 orange gumdrops
 
50 red gumdrops
 
Cellophane tape
 
 
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