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Monolithic Products and Manufacturing

Image: Airform Inflating — Airforms are inflated using fans that blow air into the domes via air tubes that are welded to the side of the dome.  These inflator tubes are normally welded onto a door or window.  They are inflated to a pressure of 2 inches of water column pressure.

Monolithic designs, manufactures and markets a prime ingredient used in the construction of Monolithic Domes, Crenospheres and EcoShells: the Airform. It’s an inflatable structure, made of PVC-coated nylon or polyester fabric, that determines the shape and size of a dome.

Our other specialty fabric structures include compost covers, grain covers, condensate ceilings, methane tank liners, water tank diaphragms and tension tarps.

We also design and make machinery, equipment, tools and products particularly suited for use in Monolithic Dome construction or general construction. (Continued…)

Interior Construction Products

Products you choose for the inside of your Monolithic Dome can add to your comfort and feeling of security. At Monolithic, we continually shop for, research and test various devices, that – according to their advertising – were designed to improve everyday life. (Continued…)

Product Rentals

From the time we built the first Monolithic Dome in 1976, we knew that building a dome using our technology and methods would require certain tools and equipment. So over the years, we have designed machinery and equipment especially suited for Monolithic Dome construction. We have also tested hundreds of products that were already available. You can now rent many of these practical products. (Continued…)

Windows, Doors and Openings

The designers at Monolithic realize the importance of the openings planned for a dome. So, the articles in this section discuss the pros and cons of various windows and door styles, code regulations, window and door openings designed specifically for Monolithic Domes, etc. (Continued…)

Coatings

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People often ask if and with what the exposed, outer surface of the Airform that blankets a Monolithic Dome can be coated. The answer is “yes” the Airform can be coated with several products that we have tested. In this section, you can read about these products, the procedure used for their application and the research we have done. (Continued…)

Dome Building Accessories

We have accessories – specifically, accessories that can make the construction of a Monolithic Dome easier or faster or better. We also have accessories designed to enhance a completed Monolithic Dome. (Continued…)

Monolithic Floor Plans

For your dream dome-home, our library includes floor plans in a wide variety of sizes and shapes. That size-range includes small, cozy cottages, as well as spacious and spectacular castle-like domains and everything in between. But while sizes and shapes may vary, the benefits of a Monolithic Dome home remain constant. In addition to long-range savings, our very green Monolithic Domes provide energy-efficiency, disaster protection and more. This website has tools and hundreds of articles related to dome design. In addition, our staff includes professionals with experience and expertise that can help you design the exact floor plan you want and need. (Continued…)

Media

Over the years, the Monolithic Dome Institute has developed dozens of books, videos and DVDs. These include hundreds of plans for designing a Monolithic Dome dream home, school, church, gymnasium – virtually any structure for any use. Our library also includes training material related to dome construction and reference texts on polyurethane foam and the construction of concrete thin shells. (Continued…)

Monolithic Cabins

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The Monolithic Cabin is a modified Monolithic Dome – like a tunnel with rounded ends. These domes all have a diameter (width) of 12 feet, but their total length and interior space depends on the model. (Continued…)

Concrete Mixers

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The Monolithic Portable Concrete Mixer brings the term “portable concrete mixer” to a whole new level. All shotcrete companies, whether they build Monolithic Domes or not, should own a Monolithic Portable Mixer. Even on large jobs that are serviced by ready-mix trucks, it is amazing how helpful it is to have a Monolithic Portable Mixer attachment on a skid-steer. (Continued…)

Concrete Pumps

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Affordable, easy to maintain, portable, these are just a few words to describe the advantages of our peristaltic concrete pumps. We have designed three different models of our concrete pump, specifically for use in the dome building industry. (Continued…)

The Monolithic Airform

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Monolithic’s construction process demands an Airform. It’s an integral part of every Monolithic Dome, Monolithic Cabin, EcoShell and Crenosphere. The Monolithic Airform is a balloonlike, inflatable structure that determines the shape and size of a dome. It’s made of PVC-coated nylon or polyester fabric, available in several weights and a rainbow of colors. Each Monolithic Airform is designed for a specific project and manufactured in Bruco, our 240′ × 60′ factory equipped with state-of-the-art machinery. At Bruco, Monolithic also designs and manufactures other specialty fabric structures, such as compost covers, grain covers, condensate ceilings, methane tank liners, water tank diaphragms and tension tarps. (Continued…)

Monolithic’s Favorite Things

We are always on the lookout for things that in some significant way make life safer or more enjoyable. These findings do not necessarily have anything to do with domes. They’re just nice things that somehow improve us or our surroundings. (Continued…)

Introducing the Quickshot

Image: The Three Hole Model:  It comes with three holes, three small jets, three large jets, two jet plugs, and two hole plugs.

This handheld shotcrete sprayer is easy to load and has a surprisingly good throughput. We have used it to spray a number of small projects, and its fast, efficient design has saved us time and money. Its all-steel construction means that it is long lasting and will prove to be a good investment. (Continued…)