[Dome] Fwd: Re: strawbees mega

Florian Bittner f at gebenedeit.at
Mon Sep 21 16:36:45 CEST 2015

hi @all

welcome to dome at lists.metalab.at that i just created.
if you want to talk to all of us just send your mail to 
dome at lists.metalab.at and everybody will receive a copy.
so far we are:

  * Olle Bjerkås <olle.bjerkas at gmail.com>
  * Maximilian Ernestus <maximilian at ernestus.de>
  * Lieven Standaert <lieven.standaert at gmail.com>
  * Ann Peeters <ann.peeters.email at gmail.com>
  * Florian Bittner <f at gebenedeit.at>

i am forwarding this message + attachments to you and please let me 
introduce olle.
olle is from strawbees and his strawbees mega set can be used for dome 
creation amongst other uses.
afaik you cant buy this yet but they are in the middle of evaluation of 
long term setup.

as he is basically already testing out something that is CC-BY-SA-NC i 
think it makes not much sense to work on our project from a COMMERCIAL 
because strawbee is already selling their small assembly products and is 
building a worldwide sales network.
his design is based on 4mm PP..

i think it DOES make sense to continue the work on our projects with a 
different approach in mind.

1. it should be 100% open source including the generators, the generated 
files, manuals and everything else.
2. we should not add a NC clause and have people around the world copy 
it and maybe even sell it, this could be an argument why to pick up the 
design at all.
3. it should be different from what there already exists.

our design DOES differ, but not much and i think having a larger hole in 
the middle to insert another rod is actually a very cool idea that we 
might also condsider. our hole is 10mm so far.

i did not build a dome with the strawbees design yet (and neither with 
my approach) but i wonder how this works at all.
the 5 and 6 struts connectors have all the same angle (72 and 60 degree) ?!
i think one has to use the other connectors and JOIN them.
that makes a difference to our design.
we could offer one connector set for a V3 design, one for a v4 design 
and one for v5 and that is it.
we could run a kickstarter / indiegogo campaign to get the production 
cost down for everybody and if this works out we could make some more 
connectirs than needed and offer to sell them later on.
i dont know.. i have mixed feelings now that i know of the strawbees 
i dont want to harm their business and i dont want to "compete" at all. 
i just want to make something cool and share it with the world.
on the other hand strabees i much more than just a dome construction 
kit, you can make all kinds of structures with it.

what do you think?

so long

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Subject: 	Re: strawbees mega
From: 	Olle Bjerkås <olle.bjerkas at gmail.com>
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Date: 	Mon, 21 Sep 2015 14:46:11 +0200
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To: 	Florian Bittner <f at gebenedeit.at>
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Hi Florian!
Thanks for writing.

We use 4mm pp, it has the advantages of being cheap, bendable, laser 
cutable and accessible. But yes, lacks in UV resistance. Some way down 
the road we will try other material also, a friend in Oslo made a 
version in POM for example, and that seems to work well! We have a dome 
greenhouse that has been up since the beginning of the summer, to test 
what happens to it over time.

The design is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA and i’m including the files for 
you now to try.

A wiki or blog style page for the user community i think would be really 
useful. Where we can post experiences, versions, guides and so on. What 
do you think? One of the many things not up yet! But we are super keen 
on collaborating in all kinds of ways, so let’s keep in contact.

An article from a fab lab in denmark: 
Our fb page: https://www.facebook.com/strawbeesmega

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