BioTensegrity Projects

Here is my introduction to the concept of tensegrity, as developed by Buckminster Fuller and Kenneth Snelson:

Introduction to Tensegrity

BioTensegrity is the exploration of tensegrity principles in biological systems. One of the key ways to deepen ones grasp of biological tensegrity applications is to build models, especially models which mimic biological functions.

Elbow

Joint function is poorly explained by traditional anatomical models. A more complete explanation is offered by tensegrity, where none of the compressional members touch. Here is a tensegrity elbow joint model I built which demonstrates how these principles can be applied to joint articulations.

Special thanks to Graham Scarr: Biotensegrity – The Structural Basis of Life

2015

Tensegrity Ball De-Construction video:

This is a quite successful Youtube video of a tensegrity demonstration by deconstructing a tensegrity ball. at the end of the video I run it at 4X speed in reverse, which offers a window into the healing process. The ball has 60 nodes (30 struts)

2010

Jitterbug

A model for oscillating /pumping action found in biological systems.

2016

Special thanks to Graham Scarr: “Biotensegrity – The Structural Basis of Life” page 22

Tensegrity Tower

20″ X 8.5″ Tensegrity Tower. The core geometry is the equilateral triangle.

 


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