a. Patent Description

Non-Symmetrical
Tensegrity

R. BUCKMINSTER
FULLER
(1975):

NON-SYMMETRICAL
TENSEGRITY
(1975)*

US Patent No.:
3,866,366
Patented:
February 18, 1975


*-
Inventions, The Patented Works of
R. Buckminster Fuller,
R. Buckminster Fuller
(1983)

Sphere which results from the Tensegrity assembly of tubes working in compression, tied and held together without making contact with one another, by a network of cables working in tension.

In this case, the Tensegrity pattern is arranged by five rods that are assembled in a pentagonal confi guration and are held together in by a network of tension cables. This pentagonal confi guration is repeated to form 4 tiers. The rods are standardized into four sizes, each allocated for each tier.

This case can result in uneven, non-oriented, and discontinuous enclosures.