Introduction: "Anti-Gravity" Wheel

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In this Instructable, we are going to make a Gyro wheel.

A wheel that can be balanced on different objects while it's spinning.

In the "gif" picture above, you can see a 1kg/2.2lbs wheel, spinning vertically around the rope.

If you have not seen a gyroscope or you're not excellent in physics (that would be me), you would expect that the wheel should spin horizontally.

Step 1:

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I got this 1kg/2.2lbs wheel. Not that the weight matters, I just wanted to know how heavy it was.

I decided to use a little stick for the axle.

I drilled a hole and pushed in a match to hold the wheel.

Great alternative for the match is a hair pin.

Step 2:

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I put on the wheel and marked a point for the second hole.

After drilling a second hole, I covered the area between the holes with electrical tape, so it's a tighter fit.

Step 3:

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I pushed in the second match and used a glue for the extra security.

The wheel was ready.

I spun it with an angle-grinder and put it on the bottle neck to see the "magic".

What I learned from this project:

If you use a wheel that heavy and small, make sure to do it outside and wear a protective equipment.

I dropped it a few times - it nearly hit my computer.

Touching a wheel that is spinning so fast is the same as touching your bicycle wheel while you're riding it.

If you don't have gloves and you accidentally touch the wheel - be prepared to look for an adhesive bandage :)

Comments

jonnyjohn220 (author)2017-02-13

ha man what is the speed of the wheel?

安陳 (author)2015-08-13

is this guy russian? his project is so simple and awesome hahahah

PeterE5 (author)2015-07-28

LOVE THIS SITE ,I'M RETIRED AND WAS LOOKING FOR SOMTHING TO DO NOW I HAVE A WONDERS THINS 2 DO THANK U

errorg (author)2015-06-28

It a fun project, i like it! i need one :)

ShakeTheFuture (author)errorg2015-06-29

Thanks!

It was fun indeed (apart from touching the wheel)

my life is fun (author)2015-06-27

Well the way i think it works is the centrepital force counter acts with the g-force and the kenetic energy along with the gravity of the earth. All those combined will produce enough energy for the wheel to apear to levitate

Mihsin (author)2015-06-27

I like your accent aswell

ShakeTheFuture (author)Mihsin2015-06-27

Thank You Mihsin!

SonOfThunder (author)2015-06-26

"not that weight matters i was just curious." ???

I was trying to say that I did not use 1 kg/2.2lbs wheel on purpose. I used what I had and was curious how heavy it was :)

I would have preferred to use a huge bearing.

OptimumAlliance (author)2015-06-26

Great demonstration of precession!

Thanks! It was a fun project.

seamster (author)2015-06-26

Very cool!

Was the red mark on your left forearm from the spinning wheel hitting it? Ouch!!

ShakeTheFuture (author)seamster2015-06-26

Yes, it was :)

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