Why the HOME Shelter? Early Iterations High Tech Version Low Tech Version  

High Tech Version

The high tech version, really the second version, would be constructed of high density polyetheylene plastic (HDPE). Although much more expensive than plywood, the HDPE version would last for 20 years. This is 15 years more than the requirements specify. It would be heavier and more expensive then plywood which would add to the logistical cost.

 
The figure below shows a roof panel being inserted into the power cap and than onto a wall panel. In this version, stringers hold the wall and roof panels together. This interface would be very difficult to manufacture and was discarded.
 
 
Two roof panels are needed for each segment of the hexagon. Here you see a top view of one panel hooked into the power cap and latched onto a wall panel. The view below is an early version of the HOME Shelter. The latest version needs 2 4' x 6' plywood panels per hexagonal section.
 
The figure below shows what 2 roof panels look like interconnected. The latest version uses splines to interconnect wall and roof panels rather than stringers.
Two roof panels interconnected with a single spline.
 
 
Why the HOME Shelter? January 2014 Solidwork Models
Crowd Source Project Budget Building Our Prototype
Crowd Source Rewards Articles and Comments
Panel Murals Shelter Design Documents
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Isometric Views

The figure below shows an isometric view of an assembled HOME Shelter. But each wall is a single piece of HDPE which is not commercially available. HDPE comes in 4' x 8' sections so a redesign of the HOME uses 2 pieces of 4' x 6' plywood per hexagonal wall segment.
Early isometric view of the HOME.
 
Here we see a cutaway isometric view of an early version of the HOME. Four (4) 95th percentile mannikins were added to provide scale. A 95th percentile person is a 225 lb., 6' 2" male, typically. Note the center support column. The latest version would use a single solar panel - not the 18 segmented smaller panels. This significantly improves producibility and lowers cost without too much of a power hit.
Isometric cutaway view of the interior of the HOME.  Note the center support column