Elastegrity – An adaptation of the Kenneth Snelson/Buckminster Fuller term “Tensegrity” (meaning a structure consisting of two basic units; tension cables, and compression struts, which operates using “tensional integrity.”) In this case the tension cables (which draw inward in tension) are replaced with elastic wires forced into compression by lacing through the mid points of the struts and terminating at the end of the strut. The resulting structure maintains its integrity at an equilibrium through the spring tension applied by the elastic properties of the wire or other spring members. The term “elastegrity” was coined by me to describe these structures which I developed in the Summer of 2009.

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  1. July 2, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Impressive work! I opened a page devoted to your tensegrity explorations on the Encyclopedia of Tensegrity. Please email me, or edit the wiki page directly, and explain: are the tendons rigid or flexible? What differentiates tensegrity from elastegrity in your view? Is that a real cinderblock in there? How many struts are in the encased elastegrity? Many thanks for sharing your gifts with us!

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