Semi-octet truss first prototype
This was the first time we welded a complete full-length octet truss. Rudimentary structural tests after fabrication demonstrated good performance/strength but unacceptable dimensional tolerance (i.e. it was strong, but not precise).
Special thanks to Chamil, master maker at the Kokrobitey Institute makerspace, who suggested to develop a 2d truss jig (to hold 1in angle bar frame straight and square while welding) and square pyramid jig (to enable standardized production welding of square pyramids, as a component for full octet truss).
Bucky’s fly’s eye dome… with tires!
Today students were also working on building a fly’s eye dome / shelter out of tires (gathered from garages around Paris!). The idea was to imagine/experiment/prototype how to upcycle all the tires to be found around the digital dump. Two pictures – can’t wait to see how this holds: