Picture of Mini Cardboard USB blade-less fan
i decided to make this mini blade-less fan as part of a couple of competitions that are going on at the moment, the green living and the USB competition, so if you like it, please vote

watch the video here

Step 1: Parts

Picture of Parts
you will need:
A small DC motor
Any kind of Fan blade, in this case i used a laptop heat sink fan
A cardboard tube
2 sheets of A4 paper or card
PURVAKD3 months ago


I've made Blade less fan from a plastic bottle & got wonderful air supply from it. But when you try Drawing paper of A4 size it's impossible to wind perfect circular except you use frame of wood for support. My bro. use any wasted plastic bottle & also you need big fan blade of cpu fan or From Laptop cooler for more air discharge.

EdurusFas3 years ago
Hi! I was wondering what the breadboard has on it. I see a push button, but I am not sure if there is a resistor or anything else there. Thanks! :)
zack2474 years ago
quick question:
does it need to be a blower fan blade (laptop) or can it be just a regular one? (desktop)

this would be something neat to build with a 120mm fan.
guy coop72 (author)  zack2474 years ago
sorry for the very late reply, its just really more of an idea than a real guide line, im shure a 120mm desktop fan would be far better, although it might require strengthening the structure a lot, given the choice i wouldnt have made this out of card, but it was for the green living competition as well,
thanks for the interest
guy coop72 (author) 4 years ago
and yes i agree, the "bladeless" fans are a bit of a con, even the £200 dyson airblade "bladeless" fan does infact have blades, they are just hidden from sight giving the apperence of no moving parts
and they too have the "buffeting" they claim not to, its just indirect so its not as noticeable.
mwagner634 years ago
Do you just put the smaller tube in the middle and just let it sit there or do you have to seal it up somehow?
guy coop72 (author)  mwagner634 years ago
no, u can just let it sit there, but that lets the air flow in both directions, which is how i wanted mine, or u can easily cover the small between the tubes in one end and it should work better
cicusninja4 years ago
It is called a ducted fan.
guy coop72 (author) 4 years ago
thanks a lot for the comments.
Ranie-K4 years ago
I don't understand how this is blade-less. You're using blades.
The blades are hide to sight, but you are right. This concept exists since some years ago.

Anyway, I appreciate this instructable because I would never have thought of making one of these at home.
randofo4 years ago
You should post a comment with a link to this project to add it to the Cardboard Challenge here: