Friday, July 27, 2007
getting closer on the truss
I am using a different approach now. I won't bond the spokes together at the hub until I know they will line up, again probably one of those hindsight is 20/20 things. You can see that some tubes still need a little more adjusting, but since they are still loose, it's pretty straightforward. I actually hold a protractor up to the screen.
BTW, this is the right configuration isn't it? I have never actually seen one of these things, and Jim's comment was the first time I actually read the word "octet truss"( even though I did read a bio on Buckminster Fuller years ago and some of his poetry [his poetry sucks]), and this is the best reference I currently have.
Also anyone have any ideas on how to test this thing in the simulator? I could just let it sit there and see if it stays together and doesn't wobble a whole lot. What would be great is if it could be put under some stresses, like try to crush it between two diamond slabs. I just don't if I have the computing resources to pull that off though. We'll see.