building a geodesic dome just got a whole lot easier thanks to hubs
building a geodesic dome just got a whole lot easier thanks to hubs
sep 19, 2016

building a geodesic dome just got a whole lot easier thanks to hubs

building a geodesic dome just got a whole lot easier thanks to hubs
all images courtesy of hubs




building a dome is a semi-complicated pursuit typically reserved for technically-apt. aside from their difficulty, most look a bit cold, unfriendly, and also very out of place in the natural environment. ‘hubs’ bridges the gap, and provides a way for children, home-builders, and whoever else to create their own, mathematically-accurate structure. chris jordan and mike paisley — the creators of ‘hubs’ — started developing the product over three years ago.

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prototype 6-way hub, SLS 3D printed




the team was in the process of building a dome, and like any true do-it-yourselfers, were doing so as cheaply and unprepared as possible. well, eventually they finished, but in the end thought, ‘surely, couldn’t this be a lot easier?’ dozens of iterations later, the first prototype of ‘hubs’ was born using a solidoodle 3D printer back in 2012. eventually, with help from johnathan rowley at london’s digits2widgets, they possessed a nearly finished form and were one step closer to being ready for production.


video courtesy of build with hubs 




‘hubs’ concept is simple, and for anyone who grew up with k’nex, pretty familiar. the small, modular object acts as a connection point for a series of five/six rods. working like any ball joint, the ball piece screws into a piece of lumber, and then pops directly into the main hub. from there, it’s merely repetition. raising a basic structure takes about 10-15 minutes — with all materials on hand — and for the less technical; a semi-guided team of two boys built one fully within half an hour.

‘hubs’ dome 




compatibility with any type of wood results in a finished dome that looks natural, and much more complementary to garden spaces than a metal or plastic option. it also allows for easy altering. simply cut or find a larger piece of wood, and the dome can adjust to any size needed. to gather funds for injection-moulding, ‘hubs’ was launched on kickstarter. now, just over a week later, the project has surpassed its goal by over £4,000GBP. for more information, or to get in on kickstarter pricing, check out the campaign here

construction is simple and quick 

a dome can be fully built in anywhere from ten to 30 minutes 


garden space 

with netting for enclosed mini-farm

building a geodesic dome just got a whole lot easier thanks to hubs
connector prototype detail 

‘hubs mini’ uses plastic straws for miniature mock ups or class room use 

‘hubs mini’ dome 

building a geodesic dome just got a whole lot easier thanks to hubs
possible uses 

the builder determines the size of the dome: flexible angles allow the structure to be adapted 

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‘hubs’ makes building a dome simple and economical 





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edited by: nick brink | designboom 

  • Wonderful!

    Ron Smith says:
  • Genious! When and where to buy?

    Dirk16 says:
  • Are you in production yet? If so, would you send a price list to the email address above?

    Tom Colwell says:
  • ditto where n when can I buy?

    richard michalski says:
  • I am ready to be a beta tester!

    tamlyn says:
  • Can these be made into metal so that they would not break understress from an Earth Quake and/or T5 Storm?
    I truly believe you have something good here. Most hubs I have seen do not allow for movement from Earth Quakes and high wind storms. Most grip too tightly and would actually slip out of their socket, break at the point of the hub incertion and so forth. I have been looking for one that would offer some give and wave movement in order to make it through large storms here in the USA.

    When will you have a patent pending and offer your products for sale? Titanium might be even better than steel.

    Good Luck and great job.

    CA says:
  • This a very cool idea and product, would love more information, Where can I buy them and price. Would love to build this.
    Great job
    Bob Janis

    Bob Janis says:
  • Hi, am interested in purchase of these hubs for a research project, and do you ship to New Zealand? Thanks.

    Joe Citizen says:
  • Are these available for 3 frequency domes too?

    trimtab21 says:
  • Tamlyn, I don’t think they do them in metal. i know for a fact F.Domes do, check their website, I am happy that there are more and more companies producing geodesic domes – they are awesome !

    Janet Lo says:
  • Are they in production yet?
    What is the largest dome they could be used for?
    Great product.

    Carlos Torres says:

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