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Synergetics Gallery: A Pictorial Record of Investigations

by Bob Burkhardt

Last revision: November 2, 2015

This began with photographs of various models I built during my studies of Synergetics and Synergetics 2 back in the early 80's. I found model building fairly essential to understanding what Fuller was talking about, and I was not infrequently startled by the learning experiences the models provided. I also extended his work in various ways, and some of those experiments are documented here as well.

My studies of Fuller's work gradually began to focus on tensegrity and the mathematics required to design and analyze such structures. Thus tensegrity predominates in the more recent projects documented here. In addition to this episodic/chronological documentation of my research, I've gathered the results of my research into A Practical Guide to Tensegrity Design.

Some other tensegrity projects are documented in the Tensegrity Press Releases and Photos section of my website and in my prospectus, A Tensegrity Technology. I post notifications of major additions and changes to the material here to the Geodesic listserv and the bit.listserv.geodesic newsgroup.

For many of the tensegrity structures, I've provided datasheets which are an attempt to give other people the information they need to assemble the structures. Some of these models can be more closely examined at Dynamic Tensegrity Views.

The Gallery


    
    
    
Toothpick Models Sphere Models Double Tetrahelix Tetrahelix
and the
Double Tetrahelix





Tetrahelices Two-Frequency
Vector Equilibrium
Geodesic Math
Tensegrities
Tensegrity Rhombic
Dodecahedron





Tensegrity
Octahedron
Tensegrity Mast Octahelix Tensegrity Tower





Tensegrity
Vector Equilibrium
Six-Strutted
Tensegrities
Punchcard
Tetrahedra
The Mite





Tetrahelix Based
on A Quanta Module
Tensegrity
Tetrahedron
Tensegrity
Tetrahedron
with Aligned Struts
Tetrahedral
Geodesics





Thirteen
Great Circles
Laminar 2ν
Tensegrity Octahedron
Laminar 2ν
Tensegrity Octahedron
(variation)
Cubic 'Fly's Eye'
Laminar Tensegrity





Double-Layer
Tensegrity Dome
Sisal-Twine
Tensegrity Domes
Bicycle-Spoke
Tensegrity
Icosahedron
Minimum of
Eight Spokes





Six-fold
Equi-tendoned
Prism
Skew Three-Prism Four-fold
Reduced-Symmetry
Prism
Rehabilitated
Tensegrity
Bean Teepee





Seven-fold
Equi-tendoned
Prism
Four-fold
Tensegrity
Obelisk
Skew Four-Prism Eight-stage
Tensegrity Arch





Ten-stage
Tensegrity Torus
Tensegrity Prism
as Joint
Tensegrity Tulip Triangularly
Girdled
Six-fold Prism





Concentric
Five-fold Prisms
Two-fold Prism
Girdled by
Four-fold Prism
Concentric
Five-fold Prisms
Revisited
Modified
Orthogonal Girdled
Six-fold Prism





Infinite-Stage
X-Module
Column
Eight-Stage
X-Module Torus
Two-Stage
X-Module
Column
Eleven-Stage
X-Module Arch





Prism Dome Hub for
X-Module
Columns
X-Module
Double Helix
Four-stage
X-Module
Bean Teepee





Bridge with
T-Prism Joints
Philip Stewart X-Module
Torus
Revisited
Emmerich's
Prism





Snelson's
Planar Pieces
Merger of
Three Six-Fold
Tensegrity Prisms
Tensegrity
Tetrahedron
Skew
Eight-Prism





Two Wheels Based on
Gůmez JŠuregui
Module
Structure Based
on Laminated
Skew Prisms
Jan Marcus'
Aspension
Tower
Perspective
Prism




Dodecahedron with
X-Column Edges
Split-Level
Prism
Marcelo Pars'
“drie waaiers”
(three fans)

I appreciate your comments/questions. You can send email to bobwb@juno.com or Postal Service mail to:

Bob Burkhardt
Tensegrity Solutions
Box 1005
Shirley, MA 01464
USA

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