Intro: Scalable Polygonal and Polyhedral Geometric Construction System
Scalable 2D (polygonal) and 3D (polyhedral) construction system for use in the construction of various geometries i.e geodesic domes, space frames, trusses etc
The system is comprised of
- cylinders (hubs)
- struts (rectangular section steel, aluminium, acrylic or other )
- jaws ( 4 x same shape - two with slot for compression spring and two with hole for small pin to compress spring)
- high tensile bolts
- nylock nuts ( have explored quick release fasteners i.e bicycle wheel skewers etc )
- fail safe jaw washers
- hub centre eye bolt (for rigging/hanging)
I designed this configuration to employ minimal manufacturing processes, it is laser or plasma cut (found laser provided a smoother surface finish) . The first prototype was originally create by the camp fire in the bush with basic hand tools .
The concept was the extrapolated , to a much more sophisticated and expensive design, prototype was 'grown' via optical fabrication in liquid ultraviolet curable photopolymer "resin" was to then be manufactured from injection moulded Nylon6 .
modelled around 'handcuffs' and 'hose fittings' ...
financial and other personal issues halted the project there ...
that was about 8 or so years ago ...