Factory Visit: TruDomes

TruDomes Dome example

TruDomes’ Nuneaton factory produces geodesic domes for glamping, weddings, festivals and events. As members of Made in Britain and MUTA, its aluminium and steel-framed structures are all manufactured and sourced in the UK, and each tube used is manufactured on site.

The company works with many materials but uses aircraft grade aluminium wherever possible for its geodesic dome frames. The inherent properties of aluminium mean that over time they withstand the rigours of outdoor living and will not rust or corrode. Just like an aircraft, these frames are strong but lightweight. A 5.8m diameter dome frame weighs in at 86kgs – other brands would use the equivalent of 253kgs of steel as standard. This enables a TruDomes dome to be lighter and easier to install and it can be built in locations that are off the beaten track.

The company has calculated that an aluminium dome has a carbon footprint nearly two-thirds less than that of a steel-based product. Aluminium is widely regarded as one of the most sustainable building materials as it is highly recyclable – two-thirds of the aluminium ever produced is still in use in some form or another today! On a percentage basis, it is the most recycled of any industrial metal.

Frames are manufactured, stored and shipped from TruDomes’ warehouse, which means fewer transport and storage costs as well as less stress on the environment. The PVC canvas coverings for each dome are also manufactured here in the UK and made on a bespoke basis for each order.

 


Manufacturing Process

1. Design

Design process at TruDomes
Each new product begins with the design team Dan and Neresh, who use state-of-the-art software to create domes for all occasions. Whether it’s the next addition to the dome range or something bespoke, it all begins with a digital mock-up and prototype. Current designs can also be adapted to fit specific needs; to suit unusual terrain or weather conditions, or just to bring an unusual idea to life!

2. Manufacture

Manufacturing a TruDomes dome
Once the design is complete, the project then moves to the manufacture stage – the factory is located right on site so there’s no delay once a dome is ready to be made. The team in the factory hand-cut and shape each tube, and innovative rounded and flattened ends ensure the angles at each connection point are perfectly positioned. By shaping each part in-house, the team is able to check the quality of all parts before they are packaged into ready-to-build kits.

3. Ship and build

Shipping for TruDomes

Domes are available both as ready-to-build, ‘out of the box’ kits and as bespoke, made-to-order solutions. The goods-out team ensures that everything is carefully picked and packed and then either sent out on TruDomes’ carrier network or delivered to a customer’s door by the installation team. No matter which option a customer chooses, the team is on hand to advise on terrain and the placement of a dome and provide plenty of advice about installation, upkeep and maintenance.

 


PROFILE

CONTACT: 02476 326585 / www.TruDomes.com
LOCATION: Moreton House, Whitacre Road, Nuneaton, CV11 6BW
PRODUCT: Glamping and event domes

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