Powered by Sterno made of wood, sounds like a recipe for fire. It took two cans of heat to get it moving the first time but continued to spin almost as fast after removing one can. It serves no purpose yet but tomorow I'm going to add a pot- pouri jar just under the rotor blades to give it
 reason for being. I'll call it counter rotating pot-pouri diffuser.
I'm working on downloading a driver for my video cam so you can see it in action.

randomray4 years ago
Hmmm , I wonder about using bicycle wheels for this . I really like your support structure , way cool looking .
PDRWLSN (author)  randomray4 years ago
Bicycle rims would surely work if you used enough heat to overcome the weight.
Oops , I was thinking about the bearings , good point about the weight . There is a project an Aussie inventor came up that works on this principal using solar heat in the out back only on a truly massive scale .
Do you have a web site where the Aussie inventor has info on his project? Sounds very interesting.
Here's a starting place , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_updraft_tower
hammer98764 years ago
Call me curious, but will a candle power this? I can imagine that a scented candle burning under this thing could disburse the scent very nicely.

Congratulations on being featured.
PDRWLSN (author)  hammer98764 years ago
Thank you, In it's present state a single candle will not provide enough heat. Scaled down to lighten the rotors and bring them closer to the heat scource, quite possibly.
kwazai PDRWLSN3 years ago
Because of the nature of bouyancy, if the turbine were more like a drag turbine design (sail shaped sort of) and overlapped foils ever so slightly (12% or so) it might run off a candle. With the low velocity laminar flow coming from a candle it would need be impact driven rather than lift driven. just a thought.
McGyver24 years ago
Were is the water in this? Convection has to do with the transfer of heat in water.
PDRWLSN (author)  McGyver24 years ago
According to American Hertitage Dictionary:
1. The act of conveying; transmission.
2. Physics.
    a. Heat transfer in a gas or liquid by the circulation of currents from one region to another.
    b. Fluid motion caused by an external force such as gravity.
3. Meteorology. The transfer of heat or other atmospheric properties by massive motion within the atmosphere, especially by such motion directed upward.
I had to check, wasn't sure of the exact definition myself. 
Ah ok, thanks. I guess my definition of Convection was restricted to one thing. Thanks for the info :)
Coool. You could power a Praxinoscope with that!!!
Brilliant feel to that sculpture, a work of art indeed!!
PDRWLSN (author)  danielthomas724 years ago
Thank you much. Might be a bit touchy getting it to turn at the proper speed and would need to use mylar for the mirrors to keep the weight down. Excellent idea.
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PDRWLSN (author)  snoopindaweb4 years ago
Thanks! snoopindaweb
jeff-o4 years ago
Do you have the CAD files for this project?
PDRWLSN (author)  jeff-o4 years ago
Yes, didn't get published last night till 11:50pm so I had no time to include a video or the drawings. Will try to get them both in tonight after work.
jeff-o PDRWLSN4 years ago
Cool. Also, is that your own personal laser? ENVY++
PDRWLSN (author)  jeff-o4 years ago
yep, but had to choose either a new truck or the machine. Sadly the truck was destroyed in an accident 3 days after ordering the machine.
jeff-o PDRWLSN4 years ago
Oh I see what happened. You were driving distracted, thinking about your new laser cutter, right?

LOL, I joke. Hopefully no-one was hurt!
PDRWLSN (author)  jeff-o4 years ago
Yes. A taxi ran a stop sign, t-boned him at 45 mph no I mean 72 kph, no chance to avoid even if I wasn't distracted. We were both very lucky, only got banged-up a wee bit. It's been almost a year but I am still somewhat distracted.
Questor PDRWLSN4 years ago
could you use the laser on the taxi ???
PDRWLSN (author)  Questor4 years ago
Yes but it won't fit in the machine!
jeff-o PDRWLSN4 years ago
Questor4 years ago
opposing black diagonal lines on the rims of the rotors ??
PDRWLSN (author)  Questor4 years ago
My original drawings I used a checker board of hexagons engraved into the rim but thought it looked out of place and scrapped them.
darus674 years ago
Adding a chimney around the heat source would almost certainly improve the efficiency. I'm thinking nuclear reactor cooling tower shape. It would be more aesthetic than a can of sterno on a plate, too.
PDRWLSN (author)  darus674 years ago
Actually no, before I mounted the rotors to the sculpture body I held them over a propane torch. They turn very slow close to the heat source but about 6 feet away could almost lift themselves.Which gave me the idea for my next project, adding a stabilizer tube with fins and installing 4 model rocket engines to a single rotor. You heard it from me first!
I think they tryed that during WWII . Really . Didn't work as well as they thought it would . LOL
hintss4 years ago
I was about to say that it looked lasercut, then I say this pic. how much was that laser? how easy is it to bypass the door switches on that one?
PDRWLSN (author)  hintss4 years ago
The main door has 4 mag switches, the window has only 2. Using a laser to engrave fingernails and body parts isn't a good idea, ask anyone who has used one extensively if they have ever expected to run a raster job and by mistake ended up vectoring? The answer is we all have.
hintss PDRWLSN4 years ago
I'm 14, lol. anyway, I like the universal lasers more because of their interchangeable laser cartridges. and I was just curious. anyway, what was the cost of the 36EXT. I wish epilog and universal would put the prices up on the website like brightstar does.
mr.frob4 years ago
love the design, looks so good
PDRWLSN (author)  mr.frob4 years ago
Thanks, my better half said it looked "creepy"
Does look a bit disconcerting, this awesome spinning thingo powerred by just a tiny flame!
PDRWLSN (author)  Kryptonite4 years ago
Thank you, disconcerting sounds way better than "creepy". Maybe I'll sleep in my truck tonight.
Foxtrot704 years ago
I don't understand how it looks "creepy" or "disconserting". This is really a great project! Hats off to you. The sculpture is using the laws of physics of hot air raising to move an object This happens everyday one only needs look at their local weather and see trees waving in the wind. I guess for some the world is still flat.
PDRWLSN (author)  Foxtrot704 years ago
Thanks for the comment. I had planned to cover it with tissue paper and doping it but ran out of time, kinda has that skeleton look in it's present state. Lotsa folks view clowns as "creepy".
Actually it looks great as is. A variation which would give a "Futuristic" look would be to use plexiglass or maybe stainless steel and leave as shown in the current pic.
lw1194 years ago
Looking forward to the video. Very cool.