Read here about 3D printing and its use by tensegrity researchers.

Overview

3D printing or additive manufacturing (AM) refers to any of the various processes for printing a three-dimensional object. Primarily additive processes are used, in which successive layers of material are laid down under computer control. These objects can be of almost any shape or geometry, and are produced from a 3D model or other electronic data source. A 3D printer is a type of industrial robot.

3D printing is ideal for producing the struts of a tensegrity structure. Typically, the 3D printing recipe includes directions for adding tendons to complete the proposed structure.

3D Printing Gallery


QBall by Benoit


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See QBall by Benoit.

3 Strut Antiprism

Mhagan posted a White nylon plastic with a matte finish and slight grainy feel 3 strut tensegrity anti-prism model on the 3D printing site shapeways.

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This design does not have the classic, radical separation of global tension and islanded compression, since the struts and tendons are each composed of the same plastic,

Links and References

Thingiverse: http://www.thingiverse.com/

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