The PopDome 3D Printed Building Solution is a whole systems, easy to construct, affordable and replicable enclosure system that provides safe comfortable shelter along with convenient access to renewable energy and natural resources such as self-collected potable rainwater, edible vegetation and wind and solar power generation. It includes interior walls and fixtures for an all-inclusive livability solution. The PopDome system is not only unprecedented, it is vital to addressing growing shelter, water, and food shortages on a global scale.
The PopDome's unique large scale 3D printing solution
provides a highly simplified and efficient method of constructing domes in a
cost effective, structurally sound and customizable way.
The primary advantage of the PopDome's unique shell geometry
is that it allows for enclosing the most volume of space with the least amount
of material, time and effort. This is in part due to the inherent efficiency of
its general spherical shape but also the undulating, or "wavilinear"
surface of mini-domes that provide additional strength and stiffness, such that
fewer and lighter materials are used in its construction. Integrated into the
outer shell are various practical subsystems including wind turbines, solar
panels, water cisterns and planting beds.
The 3D Printing System
3D printer technology has advanced to the point that it is
feasible to produce full scale architectural structures using this
technology. In the PopDome system, a
horizontal arm is attached to a central mast. The arm holds a large scale 3D
printer which can travel laterally along the arm. The arm travels in a rotary
motion around the circumference of the dome and climbs the mast vertically as
the layers of the dome accumulate and rise. The additive nature of 3D printing
means there is no material wastage in the construction of the dome.
The Complete Livability Solution
The PopDome's holistic design science solution includes many
livability solutions, ranging from disaster relief (where speed of deployment
and the strength necessary to provide basic physical protection from natural
environmental threats are paramount) to comfortable daily living in a highly
efficient device where safety and energy resource conservation subsystems improve
the quality of life while helping to preserve natural resources and protect
"Only integrity is going to count."
- Buckminster Fuller
The Fuller Challenge
The PopDome Initiative has been entered in the 2015 Fuller Challenge competition. Each year, The Buckminster Fuller Institute invites scientists, students, designers, architects, activists, entrepreneurs, artists and planners from all over the world to submit their innovative solutions to some of humanity’s most pressing problems. A $100,000 prize is awarded to support the development and implementation of one outstanding strategy. For more information on the Fuller Challenge, click here.