The Diamond Dome appears simple but is actually an advanced tensegrity
structure with some remarkable qualities. It is a descendent of Shelter Systems' Folding Tensegrity Structures ( http://www.shelter-systems.com/future.html
The First Shelter has a number of advantages:
Quick and very easy to manufacture.
Good in snow and strong wind.
Needs no guy lines (guy lines take up space and get in the way).
Can use bamboo (bamboo is used in this model), branches, or 2"x 2" for poles.
Poles could be purchased or obtained at site (no need to ship poles with shelter).
All poles are the same length.
Can be folded and rolled into a tight cylindrical package with poles attached.
If stored with poles attached the First Shelter can be set up in under one minute.
Can be make from any tarp 24' by 24' or 12' wide roll goods.
Four doors for excellent ventilation (door flaps rolled up in this model).
Doors are vertical so leakage is not a problem with doors open in rain.
Door covers are integral with the covering (simplifying manufacturing).
Door covers have one vertical overlapped seam that can not leak.
If nets are needed sticky Velcro is used to install and close.
Vertical doors allow for two or more First Shelters to be easily joined (door
covers serve to seal joint.
Square foot print allows a squire tarp to work for a floor.
Floor can be cut from 12 wide roll goods.
There are no internal poles to take up space inside or get in the way.
Only four stakes are needed.
Stress is spread through out the covering evenly.
All parts of the covering are drum tight.
The covering is of a woven plastic material that is fire retarded and UV resistant
and has excellent strength to weight to cost properties.
Nine Grip Clips join the tarp into a shelter (cost and manufacturing time and
Weight 45 lbs.
Pole length 8'.
1 1/2-YEAR GUARANTEE. If for any reason you're not completely pleased with your purchase, return it in original, dry and clean condition within 30 days of receipt for a full refund or exchange as you wish. All items in this catalog have a warranty against defects in materials and workmanship for 1 1/2 years. Should any product prove defective we will repair or replace it at no cost to you. Special Orders are not returnable. Read Snow and Wind Warnings.
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