On my robot I am building now I need to make some cross braces and diagonal braces work best. I started tinkering around with the Pythagorean Theorem a bit to find a brace that would fit. I was hoping to find a brace length that would be close and if I had to “stretch” the braces a bit, I was fine with it. I created a large Excel spreadsheet using all the “A” and “B” lengths up to 50 and calculated the “C” length. I was surprised to learn that there are tons of right triangle combinations where the “C” length comes out to a whole number.
And of course you can use multiples of the numbers above such as a 6-8-10 triangle or a 10-24-26 triangle. These numbers allow you to use even numbers when selecting a brace. This is a piece of information that I will keep handy in the future.
OK, maybe it wasn’t THAT much fun.