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LEGO Tensegrity | Explained with Instructions

Can LEGO bricks actually defy gravity? LEGO Tensegrity builds put your favourite building bricks to the test!

 

What does Tensegrity mean?

The term was coined in the 1960s by architect/inventor Buckminster Fuller as a portmanteau of Tensional Integrity. Tensional Integrity is a physics principle whereby objects push and pull against each other thus creating opposing forces which causes an object to be held in place.

You can find applications of this cool principle in structures around you like bridges, towers, and even on a NASA robot!

 

How does it apply to LEGO bricks?

In its simplest form, LEGO fans can start by building a base, two long chains, one short chain, and an upper part that is heavier on the side facing away from the two long chains.

 

WATCH: LEGO Tensegrity Sculpture Demonstration
by JK Brickworks 

 

 

How to build one?

Jason Allemann, more well-known in the AFOL Community as JK Brickworks, is not the one who came up with the idea to apply Tensegrity to LEGO Bricks but he has kindly provided a step-by-step instruction through a video tutorial and a complete LEGO instructions on his website.

 

WATCH: LEGO Tensegrity Sculpture Tutorial
by JK Brickworks 

 

You can download Jason Allemann's step-by-step LEGO Instructions here 

 

More Unique Examples of LEGO Tensegrity Structures!

Since the concept became viral, creative LEGO Master Builder Fans have made their own awesome versions to test this physics principle. Floating islands, flying animals, alternate dimensions, and even ways to display your favourite LEGO spacecraft. Take a look at the best ones shared in the LEGO Ideas Tensegrity Activity and be inspired to build your own! 

 

FLOATING ISLAND by Seb_E

 

HYACINTH MACAW by ABS Constructor

HUMPBACK WHALES by Pretzylboy

 

STAR WARS BESPIN'S CLOUD CITY by JakeSadovich77

 

STRANGER THINGS THE UPSIDE DOWN by gasdoc

 

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