Nov 112012
 

Today marks the start of www.diygeodome.com, the site set up to walk you through building your own icosahedron geodesic dome, for the purpose of growing vegetables and farming fish in a controlled environment, free of harmful chemicals.

Nothing about this build is going to be straight forward, as we will be fabricating as much of the dome as possible. I will be walking you what to purchase, and then how to assemble the various parts. At the end of the project we will have measured out and cut our own steel, welded the various hubs parts together, cut our own lumber, cut our own covering plastic sheets, and then assembled the entire structure. From there we will get into the dome and fabricate the grow beds, build your own bell siphon value with all its plumbing, and then create your fish tank from IBC (Intermediate bulk container).

Where this build will be totally different from all the others out there is the automation we will be using. I will be walking you through purchasing an Arduino programmable prototyping platform (www.arduino.cc), some electronic components, and assembling and soldering the various components together. Then integrating the components, together with your Arduino, to make your dome self-sufficient and intelligent.

Well, I hope this project has you all excited and revving to go!

Nov 262012
 

After months of planning, welding, cutting, painting, spraying, bending, measuring, drilling and cursing, the dome framework is finally complete and assembled. Yes I know there is no door, but I will be installing the door in the next couple of days.

Whilst I am waiting for my plastic sheeting, I will be starting with my instruction videos for all you DIY fanatics out there. Just FYI, the small triangular structure on the floor of the dome, is my son building his own dome.

Now to put the dome into perspective, it is 4 meters or 13 foot in diameter, and at its apex it is 2.34 meters or 7.6 foot high. It is constructed on 61 steel hubs, and 165 cut pieces of lumber.