After exporting it as an .STL file and opening it in Matter Control, I had to go in and manipulate the drawing. Truth be told, the picture above is my 4th try, justifying why it took so long. The first sketch that I created was well over the threshold, using 117 grams of filament. Oops! Another component that helped out was that I changed the fill percent to 15% to limit the amount of filament that was being used inside the bridge. In hindsight, I might have gone up a little bit more. Either way, it was time to print.
I had my two (not-so)trustworthy helpers, my two boys, take the supplies to the back yard where we would simulate the stress test on the bridge. They obliged, but not before they grabbed the hose, chased a lizard, and tried to take each other's toys away from each other. Boys. Yes.
1 cup = 0.522 pounds
43 cups = 22.427 pounds
Negating the weight of the bucket and the string (for the sake of time and ease and not wanting to buy a more precise scale than my bathroom one), this bridge was able to support 22.427 pounds of weight. Not too shabby for a first timer!
Again, thanks to Andrew for helping inspire the video and estimation portion of the lesson. Also, thank you to Frank Noschese and Steph Reilly for helping me out on the Twitters to find the appropriate standards that hook on to this lesson.