Tensegrity Table

Have you ever seen a bridge with pillars held up by only strings?

How does this bridge hold itself up?

Let’s do this activity to find out more!

3D Printer

Sewing thread

Ruler

Hot Glue Gun

Load

Scan QR Code

First, we’ll warm up the 3D Printer and scan this QR code to print out the 3D design model for this activity.

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What is Tensegrity?

TENSEGRITY = TENSion + intEGRITY

The characteristic property of a stable, three-dimensional structure consists of members under the continuous tension.

It is a pattern that happened when the tension (pull) and compression (push) within the members of the structure acts in an equal, opposite and a strategically balanced manner holding the structure in 3 dimension.

What will happen if we cut 1 cable that helps to hold the structure?


  • The entire system around it will collapse and fail.

  • As all the tension elements work together, all will fail if one fails, causing the loss of tension.

  • When one of the tension members fails, the tensegrity will collapse due to the imbalance between the tension members.

Now, you can get some idea on how this bridge hold itself up by applying Tensegrity Concept!

Tension (pull) and compression (push) within the string’s members acts in an equal, opposite and a strategically balanced manner holding the bridge pillars.

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