Tensegrity with LEGO: Floating Spaceship

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Tensegrity with LEGO: Floating Spaceship

A LEGOWeDo 2.0 floating spaceship model based on tensegrity

Yet another LEGO sculpture based on tensegrity

In April 2020, floating LEGO sculptures using tensegrity have become viral. Jason Allemann and others have designed incredible stuff! Tensegrity (tensional integrity) is well defined here: it’s a structural principle based on a system of components, arranged so that the compressed beams don’t touch each other while the tensioned elements (rubber bands, ropes, or chains) keep the system floating, looking like it is defeating the law of gravity. Some people even thought the photos of the floating models were photoshopped, or took upside down!

I wanted to try to build a LEGO tensegrity model too, picking one of my favorite parts assortment of all time: a single LEGO WeDo 2.0 #45300 set. I decided to make a floating spaceship. The main challenge was using just parts from the WeDo 2.0 set. Besides the chains included in the kit, I chose to use the rubber band instead of the rope, to give the vessel a very bouncy movement.

You can download the building instructions from below. Have fun!

A LEGOWeDo 2.0 floating spaceship model based on tensegrity
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