Tensegrity Structures

For some home schooling last week Eli, Hazel and I made tensegrity structures, which are all popular online at the moment. All of the string elements in the design are actually under tension which gives them the effect that parts are floating in the air and hanging off each other. I laser cut my design (above) from 1.5mm flexible ply, available from Kitronik, which has the right combination of strength and spring. My version has two strings running from top to bottom which eliminates the twisting, caused by gravity, that you usually see with this design. The nylon cord pinches into notches on the wood so it doesn't even need knots tying in it. (svg here

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