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The Most Simple and Cost Effective Method of Building Dome Structures

When it comes to dome building, Domeshells offers a wide range of services to help you with any dome building project

Design Services

Domeshells provides a complete design service from Development Applications to detailed working drawings and structural engineer design and certification. In fact all the design documentation you will need for your local council or private certifier. To find out more and how to go about commencing a dome building project – read more here

Dome Manuals Training and Education

Domeshells is committed to providing excellent training, education and consulting services to the Australian and Global dome building community.

We are currently in process of producing our “Virtual Online Dome Building Workshop “. 

Our detailed, step by step instructions that covers the technical and the practical application of our simple method is due for launch on 30 April.

In addition to the video instruction of our method and process with various options, it will also be a place where we will put up details of our technology developments, future projects and connect dome builders with dome builders.

Register your interest in our virtual online dome building workshop here.

We currently have two publications for building concrete dome structure.

The Basalt Fibre Reinforced Dome Building Manual” (building code compliant).

The Bamboo Dome Building Guide (not building code compliant)

Current and future owners of our publications will receive a FREE update to the updates scheduled for release in first quarter of 2022.

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Basalt Fibre Reinforcing for Concrete

Basalt fibre (from basalt rock) has many advantages over steel for
concrete reinforcement, especially as applied in the reinforcing of
concrete dome structures. Two times the tensile strength of steel and
only 20% the weight steel, combined with it’s ease of use makes it an
ideal reinforcing system for the fabrication process. In addition, it
does not rust (no concrete cancer), is not subject to chemical attack,
is the same thermal coefficient as concrete. Domeshells is a supplier of
a range of basalt, concrete reinforcing products. Read more information
about basalt concrete reinforcing products here.

Basalt fibre reinforcing for concrete

Dome Moulds and Air Forms

The no mould method. We have even developed a method of constructing our domes without the need for any type of mould. This method has been used to construct domes up to 7.0m in diameter. It is low tech and labour intensive, appropriate for certain situations and circumstances.


May 2021 Dome Building Workshop

The air form method. Using an inflated balloon fabricated in the shape of the dome is the next most efficient method of constructing a Domeshell structure. It is a combination of our “no mould” method with an air form that saves a lot of labour and also produces a more refined result. The above methods will be covered in our upcoming virtual online dome building workshop.

The rigid mould method. Using a fibreglass rigid mould is by far the most efficient and most labour saving method. To date we have an 8.0m diameter rigid mould that fixes over a slab. It is combined with moulds for doors and windows.

8.0m Fibreglass dome mold

Equipment

Our most basic method requires the minimal equipment. It could be done without electricity as the concrete and render material could be mixed and placed by hand. Possible but primitive.

The hand held air driven render sprayer. The next stage up we regard the minimum equipment to be a concrete mixer, hand trowels and a hand help render sprayer. This small spray machine is a relatively cheap, fast and effective way of getting material on any wall surface. Available now from the render sprayer website but soon available directly in the Domeshells shop.

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Domeshells mini concrete shot-crete machine. This by far the most efficient method as this machine enables almost any size dome do be sprayed up in one day. Domeshells provides a shot-crete machine and crew service to DIY, owner builders and builders for their projects. For any professional builder intending to make dome construction their business, this is the ideal machine for you. Contact us directly about obtaining one of these machines

domeshell mini shot crete machine

Equipment

Our most basic method requires the minimal equipment. It could be done without electricity as the concrete and render material could be mixed and placed by hand. Possible but primitive.

The hand held air driven render sprayer. The next stage up we regard the minimum equipment to be a concrete mixer, hand trowels and a hand help render sprayer. This small spray machine is a relatively cheap, fast and effective way of getting material on any wall surface. Available now from the render sprayer website but soon available directly in the Domeshells shop.

Domeshells mini concrete shot-crete machine. This by far the most efficient method as this machine enables almost any size dome do be sprayed up in one day. Domeshells provides a shot-crete machine and crew service to DIY, owner builders and builders for their projects. For any professional builder intending to make dome construction their business, this is the ideal machine for you. Contact us directly about obtaining one of these machines

3-jet-wall-gun-with-and-without-air-tube
domeshell mini shot crete machine
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