Project: To build a simple model generator to help me get my head round the idea of electricity generation.
Note: THIS WAS NEVER BUILT TO PRODUCE USABLE POWER. BUT DEMONSTRATE HOW POWER IS PRODUCED.
Not so much of a how to but more a demonstration of materials that may give others ideas for their own projects.
This little model is made from
Tesco's best plastic chopping boards, it is very easy to cut drill and you can use self tapping screws The plastic has good self lubricating properties and allows axles to run smoothly with out the need for lubrication or bearings. Its one downside is that it has to be screwed together as noting seams to stick this stuff.
6mm and 8mm Aluminum rod from B&Q about £4 a per 1mtr length
coils from scavenged microwave oven fans. These where used because I happened to have them at the time and this saved me from winding my own coils.
self tapping screw nuts bolts etc.
Fun little project that is simple enough to build the plastic is easy to work and allows this to progress rapidly.
Note. the plastic shavings get everywhere so be warned best to hover up as you go along.
Thanks for looking.
Step 1: Its like building your own lego set
My idea was to make a set of parts that could be easily changed around into various different configurations.
I stated out by sawing 1 chopping board into strips on the table saw
1 piece 100mm wide form the base
the rest I cut into 50mm and 40mm strips these would be used for uprights etc.
The base was marked out and drilled with a uniform series of holes that would allow this little rig to easily to be altered at any time.
I used the hole saws in the pillar drill to make any of the circular parts.
I glue a paper template to the chopping board with spray mount. This had all the holes marked on and as long as i had the center drill of the hole saw on the right mark all the other holes would be spot on.
the center drill of the hole saw was something like 5mm so allowed me to drill the holes out to be either a sliding fit drilled 8.5mm or a tight push fit of 7.5mm for attaching to the axles.
A friend described this process as reminding him of playing with sickle bricks as it was is so easy to chop and change things as you tinker you invention to life.