Folding is the process or reducing the volume occupied by a structure. Folding tensegrities requires a different approach from conventional or pantographic folding.

Tensegrity Folding Classifications

Folding can be divided into the following three steps (following Motro)
  • Algorithm or mechanism selection
  • Verification of system compatibility during folding
  • Stabilizing or re-stressing the system after folding

Three modes may also be abstracted, again following Motro
  • Strut mode
  • Tendon mode
  • Mixed mode

Motro's Discussion of Folding

Motro notes in his book Tensegrity , chapter 6-2 "Folding Principle" that folding requires modifying element lengths and granting the corresponding degrees of freedom to the vertices. As the tensegrity is folded the nodes follow a trajectory through space.

Portal To Basic Concepts
A series of pages addressing critical concepts; see also the index.

Tensegrity> Benefits, Chronology, Definitions, Dynamics, Force, Geodesic Dome, Humor, Mast, Nexorade, Prestress, Pneumatics, prestress, Stability, Stiffness, Stress, Videos
Compression> Strut: Curved, Linear, Nucleated, Ring, Spring
Tension> Floating, Tendon, Membrane, Wire Roap, Materials

Forms> Bicycle wheel, Buckminsterfullerene, Folding, Musical instruments, Plane, Prism, Skew, Specific Strength, Springs, Torus, Tuning, Wall, Weaving
Materials> Bone, DNA, Fabric, Glass, Inox, Integrin, Spring, Tendon Materials, Wire Roap
Founders> Fuller, Snelson