Cardboard Model Building
Read here about how cardboard material can be helpful when constructing tensegrity structures.
Cardboard Tubes as struts
Cardboard tubes may be used as struts for building a tensegrity.
For example, Kvncsy of Istanbul, Turkey createded a 3 strut platform for his cats.
Cardboard Scaffolds Help Create Tensegrity Structures
How to construct a tensegrity by using a cardboard scaffold
Construct a cardboard model of the target regular polyhedra. In Connelly's article, he shows a cube constructed of six stiff carboard sides.
- Near the vertices, cut holes large enough to insert the compression members, but tight enough to hold the struts snugly. Locations need not be precisely correct.
- Insert the notched struts through the holes.
- Thread rubber bands through the notches.
- Replace rubber bands with string, nylon thread or dacron for longevity.
Phil Earnhardt also proposed a similar cardboard scaffold for constructing a six strut tensegrity.
Links and References
Anthony Pugh in his introduction to tensegrity also advises that a cardboard scaffold can be helpful. See p.49.