What makes a truss stronger?
For a given length, is a taller truss or a shorter truss stronger? There are many ways for a student to investigate this, but one way is to print two versions like the ones shown here, and test them! The taller truss has diagonal members at 60° angles, compared to the shorter at 45°.
Print Your Own 3D Beams!
PASCO's Materials Testing System can do column buckling, compression and bending testing. Bending testing of printed hollow beams can be compared to that of solid beams, and graphed using PASCO Capstone Software.