Ever wanted to make your own motor by hand? Well, you're in luck! This Instructable with take you through easy steps that will teach you how to make a motor. See the second picture above for a step by step on how the circular coil rotates!
Step 1: Step 1: Gather Your Materials
- D battery
- 2 paper clips
- arm-length red wire (26 gauge magnet wire)
- rubber band
Step 2: Step 2: Wrap the Wire
Wrap red wire around the battery multiple times to form a circle of wire. Leave 1.5 inches on each end of wire coming off perpendicular to the circle; the two ends should be facing away from each other and come out from the middle of opposite sides. Make sure there is an even amount of wire on each side so that it is balanced. If not balanced, your motor won't work.
Step 3: Step 3: Shave of the Enamel
Using sandpaper, shave off the enamel (red covering) carefully and completely from one end of the wire and shave off the enamel of one side of the other end of the wire.
Step 4: Step 4: Bend the Paperclips
Bend the paperclips’ shape to fit the picture (The image above shows the progression on how to bend the paperclip. The bottom paperclip should be your final product)
Step 5: Step 5: Secure the Rubber Bad
Wrap the rubber band twice around the battery (going the long way), or until the elastic is secure to the battery.
Step 6: Step 6: Attach the Paperclips
Secure the paper clips with a rubber band onto the battery, as seen in the picture.
Step 7: Step 7: Add the Magnet
Place the magnet in between the paper clips on the battery.
Step 8: Step 8: Add the The Wire Circle
Place the wire circle on top of the paper clips as shown in the picture
Step 9: Step 9: Trouble Shooting
- Move the magnet closer to the circle
-Make sure the wire is balanced
-Make sure enamel is shaved off where it is supposed to be
-Get a new battery because the one you're using might be shorted out
- Give the coil a nudge; it might need a push to get started
Step 10: Step 10: Improve Your Basic Design
-Use a more powerful battery
-Use more elastic bands to secure the paperclips better
-Use a more powerful magnet