I got asked to build a tensegrity model that shows excitability on the outside, and has some core adding resistance against heavy loads. That's the inspiration for the Inner Strength models, both of which have already arrived in Queensland, with one unfortunately broken in transport.
|Inner Strength - Purple Heart|
Inner Strength Purple Heart served as concept study for this idea. I used an already build up octahedron and experimented with ways to install an icosahedron in its centre. The most difficult part was to figure out the length for the tendons leading to the centre, they needed enough tension to withstand forces. Probably too much, one of the purple struts broke while the model was squashed by something heavy during transport.
|Inner Strength Hard Core|
I used the experiences from the first build to play with the variables a bit - a heavy, solid core held by low diameter struts for the octahedral shell. The weight of the core adds to overall tension on the outer shell in seemingly stabilising way, with still an amazing amount of varying movement throughout the structure.
|Cube in octa|
It's fun to build a framework entirely from string, so that it entirely depends on tension to hold its shape. I will have to upscale to find out more about the change in behaviour depending on the relation of inner and outer structure. The large scale model on display at the moment has a tiny tetrahedron in relation to its out shell, which still seems to contribute to its overall stability and movement.