This instructable is a continuation of a post from 2011 (https://www.instructables.com/id/Machining-a-Mini-Tesla-Turbine-from-Cardboard/). The Cardboard Tesla Turbine (CTT) was based on a Popular Mechanics article describing the construction of a steam-powered, metal turbine that was published nearly 50 years ago. A year later, I've added spray painting and detailing tips as well as some disappointing results when attempting to power the CTT using a cartridge of compressed CO2. I chose colors to create the appearance of precision machinery crafted from brass, copper and titanium alloy. The rotor discs were painted to resemble a carbon fiber composite of high tensile strength. 

   The original project was made from closely spaced, cardboard discs centered on a threaded steel rod. The rotor assembly was suspended in a bathroom tissue role by a supporting assembly. The aviation grade bearings were housed in retaining assemblies. When a stream of air from an electric air pump was injected into the manifold, the stream spiraled inward between the discs toward exhaust ports surrounding each disc's center. The stream exited the turbine along the axis of rotation. Peak rotor speed was measured at 2,220 RPM. Note that the following instructable assumes that you have a fully functioning CTT that is ready for painting and customizing.

   Anything attached to the rotor shaft could fly off suddenly if not properly secured. In addition, the sudden decompression of COas the gas escapes from the cartridge produces extreme cold. Use heavy gloves when handling the cartridge. 

Step 1: Items You Will Need

300 Grit Sandpaper
Ceramcoat All Purpose Sealer (http://www.deltacreative.com/pcid/86/Tips-Technique.aspx) or something similar
Hobby Paint Brush
Letter Stencils

Paper Tape
Silver Marker Pen
Spray Paints: Black, Blue, Brass, Clear Enamel, Copper & Silver
Spray Paint Safety Mask

Popsicle Sticks to Use as Rotor Shims (4) - 1.5 mm thick
Sanding Block

25g Threaded CO2 Cartridges w/Regulator (http://www.innovationsaz.com)
38 cm plastic zip ties (2)
Plastic Propeller & Mounting Hardware
Working CTT 

good one
very cool
So... You are propelling Air by blowing air? Haha! <br>Somehow that is cool in a weird way! :)
I wonder what would happen w/a CO2 fire extinguisher??
I even forgot Tesla turbines.... But now, I remembes, they are cool, thanks!
Tesla coils usually trump turbines because of their coolness factor. :&gt;)
Now, both are on my Blog, and later on, today, maybe something about molding...<br>http://faz-voce-mesmo.blogspot.pt/2012/11/turbinas-tesla-desktop-gremlins-imanes.html

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