Robot Tensegrity

For this project, we were interested exploring ways of building a tensegrity- a structural principle based on the use of isolated components in compression inside a net of continuous tension. Initial models were built with wood struts and elastic nylon. We were interested in seeing if such models could be applied using current modeling and fabrication technologies. For the final design, tension members were designed using a Grasshopper script, and cut using a 5 axis robot. While the resulting structure was not as stable as we would have liked, the investigation was informative in exploring fabrication methods.

Context- Academic, Collaboration
Timor Dogan, Dena Molnar

Tensegrity Design (PDF)

Final Design (PDF)

Video- 5 Axis Robot cutting Tensegrity