How to make a kinetic micro generator?? or is it available in the market?
Topic by abhotix | last reply
So I got a lot of responses and It seemed to me that the TR would be the best choice for a gun to integrate with my semi auto. However I would have to do this in a way that did not obstruct the firing process of the semi auto, and therefore I had to put the turret off to the side. Using techniques from the D-TAB, I was able to integrate the same bow and, with a turret on each side. These turrets do not sag like in the original D-TAB, and they can be wound in the same way that KILLERK's most recent TR is wound. If I can, I will use a Swagboss-like trigger in order to isolate each shot, though only one pin will be pulled back. Let me know what you think!
Topic by Kinetic | last reply
Hi! Longtime lurker,1st time poster. I am wanting to make a kinetic work that kinda resembles ghosts... fabric that moves similar to this but more covered like it's someone with a sheet over themselves... I have bought nitinol (.15" gauge), burnt my fingers applying electricity directly (LOL) and thought I'd try a mechanism to pop up similar to a jack in the box or whack a mole, or a cam and follower. I really love the NiTi but I am open to any suggestions from any resourceful peeps here. I am gonna go shopping for toys to open up sometime this week for ideas but in the meantime... The main features I want are: random activation, pop up go back to original position, inexpensive... Thank you in advance for ANY insight, ideas. Much appreciated. Yours truly, The Lurk
Topic by The Lurk | last reply
What: Applied Kinetic Arts Show mechanical/electrical/industrialWhen: Opening reception is Friday, November 21st, from 6-8pm. Normal gallery hours are M-F 1-5pm. Show runs November 21st through January 23rd.Where: Y2Y Gallery at 251 Balboa Street, San Francisco,CA 94118Featured Artists:Nemo Gould Instructables memberChristopher Palmer Mark Galt Benjamin Cowden Reuben Margolin
Topic by noahw | last reply
Anyone see a tutorial on how to make a clock like this one? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GoDmzDsfmI I know I can just buy the thing but I wanna make it on a larger scale. And I don't have one to observe and to reverse-engineer :(?
Question by Crazy Electrum | last reply
Good day everyone. Thanks for making this one of the best sites on the net.I love the stuff I've been browsing through here - truly awesome. I've been searching the net to try to find a "how to" on the swinging sticks desktop sculpture as shown in Iron Man 2.It looks super cool and the science behind it makes it even more interesting. I cannot find these anywhere locally , I am from South Africa.Perhaps someone here would be able to put together some details on how I can make one ? Thanks and have great day.
Topic by sp3i | last reply
Here it is: the bullpup, tube mag, bolt-action, pump-action, sling semi-repeater. This is by far my most favorite gun I have ever built. The reason I call it a "semi-repeater" is because while it has a magazine, loading it involves a two-step process of pulling back the rubber band and then pulling the pump. Therefore you don't have to load each individual bullet into the barrel by hand, the pump does that for you, but the band still has to be pulled back manually. The gun was originally intended to have the pump bull back the band as well, but to do so the pullback distance would have to be greater, requiring a larger barrel to house a longer pullback, requiring pieces I just don't have. When I get the pieces I am going to make the pump pull the band back, and I will post that as the V.2. What I love about this gun is that it takes many concepts and combines them to work in sync with one another. I also like the fact that there is almost no limit to how powerful you can make this gun, since the ratchet can hold an incredible amount of tension. Overall it is an incredible gun, averaging ~60ft with the 1 band used in the video. Though it isn't the most reasonable choice for a war (it only holds 4 shots in the mag and is huge), it is well on its way to becoming the most efficient knex repeater out there. -Kinetic iMovie wrecks.
Topic by Kinetic | last reply
For those who have seen Iron Man 2: In that one scene where Tony is in an office with Pepper on the desk there's that sculpture on her desk. I did some research (A.K.A googling it) and found that it's called the Swinging Stick Sculpture. Do you think its possible to construct one out of wood? It would be so awesome :P
Topic by squirrelMLM | last reply
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Topic by Culturespy | last reply
I want to mak a kinetic light using high-powered LEDs to produce glitter line through a thin layer of agitated turbulent water in a wall mounted shelf. So, this gives me a few questions, but let me start with the idea I've got. I want to seperate a shelving unit (preferably solid wood not particleboard with some decent HxDxW) into two compartments. A glass sheet would be slid into grooves onto the side supports. The upper portion of the shelving unit would then be wood, waterproofed with some thin styrene plastic sheets. The bottom would then be composed of a large aluminum sheet (recessed slightly upwards for astheatics) which would house several LEDs in addition to the power adapter and voltage regulator. This would likely follow the "powering high powered LED" tutorial's alternate power source to the pucks. At this point a small pump would be placed into the upper compartment along with just enough water to submerge the pump to a safe level. Perhaps a small recess would be included in the top to allow instant colour shifts by using stained clear plastic sheets (this would reduce total illumination, but these are to be mood/ambient accents not primary lighting source) to avoid any of the more expensive/complex colour shifting lamps. The big question I have at this point is how thermally safe this would be, and how much LED I would actually need to achieve decent brightness. Also, I would prefer if the bottom was modular enough I could remove and work on it without dissasembling the entire assembly, but this may not be possible. Finally, I was wondering if I could run the heatsink material up the ront of the shelf, past the glass, and into the water (this should give great heat dissipation) and have a SAFE and STABLE waterproof join between a flush glass-metal joint with possible use of epoxy and/or silicone caulking. Anything not specified in here I'm uncertain of how to do exactly. So! If anyone has any ideas, suggestions, or awareness that this is pure madness (or has a better way t oget those glitter lines i lust for) please let me know.
Topic by JRGumby | last reply
I need to harvest enough kinetic energy from a person's arm movement whilst running to power a Ipod Nano or Ipod shuffle which runs on about 3.7 Volts- 330mAh?? I have heard the best method is using the coil and magnets but I don't really understand how the friek it works???? Please help me out!
Question by renata64 | last reply
Http://youtu.be/F88D-eQMC9c The concept was to take the pin walls that you see at museums and science centers and make a kid's bedroom door out of these push pins. From talking to manufacturers it appears to be a pretty pricey proposition (.25 cents per pin / approx 55,000 pins per 4x4 area). I was wondering if anyone had any ideas how to make this more economical? Or if it had already been done and there was an instructable already out there? Thanks!
Topic by msmith94 | last reply
I have seen a few projects on building a faraday battery for powering projects, but there is nothing on how to build one from scratch. There is no info how to determine output, choose the proper magnet, etc. I have also heard that you can build one with multiple coil sectors in series for a higher max output.
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Does anyone remember the museum piece that described angular momentum or some such thing? It looked like a large wooden funnel with marbles that were augered up from below and let loose to roll around and down, spinning up the lower they got? Has anyone made a home version of this? Can something like this be made into a coffee table?
Question by javajunkie1976 | last reply
I've always been interested in making mobiles, or at least making the various parts that I would like to balance in a mobile. I've only really made one, which was a real hack job. I want them to look nice, so...two questions: 1) Is there a scientific method for achieving balance in a mobile apart from guessing? In the one that I did make, I used a fairly thick flower-wrapping wire, tied the parts to each end, and then found the fulcrum by balancing it on my finger. This is an awfully rough approach and is only so accurate. It worked okay, but I'd like to know how you've found success in doing this. 2) As far as attaching the parts to the end of the wire, how do you do it? I'm not very happy with the flower-wrapping wire because it's so tender and warps so easily. It's impractical for shipping or moving the mobile. Not at all durable. So what material do you use for the wire portion, and HOW do you attach your parts to it? I've tried twisting loops into the wire, but it really messes up the general straightness of the wire. I've tried tying fishing line onto the wire and adding a dollop of glue. But that's just ugly. If you have a good online source for making simple mobiles, and the materials one should use, I'd love that too!
Topic by svirden | last reply
How do Lie Detectors create Kinetic Energy?
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I want to build a mini potato cannon and i do not have any pre-made igniters that i can use for it. I wanted to make a piezo-kinetic igniter like the ones used in electric lighters. is there any link (or video preferably) with instructions on how to do this? I also want to know if you have to refill the gas chamber thingy after every shot of the potato cannon.
Question by Tochi97 | last reply
I had the idea to have the kids at my favorite summer camp group to "pump" their own electricity because one of the more primitive camps in that group already pumps their own water, but doesn't use electricity. What's the best way to put kinetic energy in batteries? When i say best i mean highest mechanical advantage. The ways i can think of are: -shaking a magnet through a coil of wires -spinning a wheel to shake " " -pedaling to spin the wheel to " '' -using a lawn mower sort of wheel. Also to refresh my memory what are the other ways (with a higher mechanical advantage) to move a magnet with coils to generate electricity?
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Question by lohithg | last reply
Does anybody know the exact dimensions of theo jansen kinetic sculpture's legs? On a video theo jansen said that 11 different dimensions would work, but 1 was the best. Does anybody know the dimensions? I'm going to build a solar version just to impress people in this solar contest.
Topic by guyfrom7up | last reply
I have decided to power the lighting in my house with gravity alone starting next year. The idea started here: Greener Gadgets: Gravity LampI have some ideas about how to make it possible using some existing instructables and I though I would share this to get people thinking about new ways to use gravity as a power source. Think about it, gravity is clean, constant, eternal and EVERYWHERE. I think that this instructable has some of the essential components: Cordless Drill Crank Charge BatteriesIt gives a basic example of kinetic energy being converted into electricity, but for this application the kinetic energy will be supplied by gravity instead of the hand crank. The real fun with this project, I think, is the different ways that the kinetic energy of the weight can be harnessed. The screw used by the Gravity Lamp is just one method. A weight on a rope that is wrapped around a spool or crank is another option or even something based on the mechanism of a grandfather clock. One could even imagine a single massive weight that the whole family would hoist, with the help of pulleys, every evening to power their home lighting. Who knows.....It's time to start a gravity revolution.
Topic by PHenri | last reply
Greetings fellow iblers! Well, the summer has come to a rapid close, and in 4 days (!!!) I am going to be off to the University of Rhode Island, studying the arts of Mechanical Engineering, Philosophy, and the Spanish language. First off, I want to thank this awesome community (new members and old) for an awesome 4 year experience. Despite some drawbacks, this is a community that has greatly matured as mechanical designers, and more importantly, as members of a team, throughout the years, and I am proud to have been a part of it. Now, although I won't have access to K'nex, I will have access to a computer, to a pencil and paper, and to the resources that will strengthen and broaden my understanding of mechanical functions. This is not goodbye quite yet. I will still be very active among the community with comments and plan to continue my "Guide to the next generation of K'nex Guns" as long as I can find the time. I will also be thinking up new mechanisms and concepts (that's going to be my job in college anyways) and will post designs as much as I can. And who knows, I might just surprise you guys with something over Christmas break. *hint hint* I am going to try and get instructions up for my improved Kinno-2 within the next couple days. It now holds 8 shots, has a locking mag release, and will feature a much better bullet mag, so keep an eye out for it. Again, thanks to everybody who has made this such a great experience, and while my methods may change a bit, I will keep working to engineer a stronger community, no matter where I may find myself!
Topic by Kinetic | last reply
Much apreciated :) ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Question by dubpunkdub | last reply
This is a project I'm doing for my kinetic sculpture class. Ideally I would like to have the piece set up in the hallway and have multiple motion sensors so that when it detects someone walking by it, it powers an attached mallet of some sort that hits against the wall to make a beat. Let me know if you need a better/ more detailed description! Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
Question by BriannaSchmall | last reply
My Seiko watch has a stop watch that reads to 45 minutes. It is stuck on 45 minutes and will not re-set.
Question by yadevol
I haven't posted anything for a few months, and I decided to begin work on something that would blow everyone away. My goal was to create the most efficient, most power, most versatile mag fed knex rifle ever. I discovered a way to do that when I came up with the Bullet Transfer System (BTS) that you saw in my BTPA pump action rifle. However, the BTPA had a several drawbacks. The first was the size of it. It was just way too big. Second was that the ammo it shot was connector ammo, and would start spinning out very quickly. Last was that the ram barely had any time to accelerate, as the bullet was placed right above the handle. I suddenly thought of a design that would solve these problems, quickly drew them out, and began work. The result was the most efficient, versatile, and powerful mag fed gun ever made, the Vice CKG. CKG stands for Compact Knex Gun, and I am truly proud if it. The trigger is a variation of Zak's so I give him credit for that. So exactly how efficient is this gun? I was able to get 60+ feet with a string of two #64s with the long range round. The yellow rods get around 50 feet, only because they spin out after a while, but with two #64s unsharpened yellows can go right through a box from a few feet away. What's the secret to this incredible efficiency? First off, the firing pin is a grey rod+a gray connector long, giving it that extra room to accelerate. Second, the trigger is as far back as possible. Third, the rods are placed as far away from the ram, giving it time to accelerate. Finally, the BTS allows the bullet to stay in place with nearly no contact between the bullet and the gun. THIS IS THE MOST POWERFUL, EFFICIENT, AND VERSATILE MAG FED GUN OUT THERE. (I know that statement may sound a little bold, but I am very confident in saying it) Pros 60+ feet range single shot with two #64s 50 feet range with yellows with two #64s Extremely versatile (perfect for long and close range) Looks great 15 yellow rod mag capacity You will dominate the battlefield Cons Reload time (for me anyways) This video is a little out of date, I have made some upgrades since it was made/
Topic by Kinetic | last reply
Its not like powering a windturbine with lots of desk fans because obviously thats pointless but we need the fan in the computer and we could also use the thermal energy that usually escapes the computer as extra energy. what do you think? im guessing this is gonna have a simple answer why not because someonme should have allready thought of this, a car powered by kinetic energy from the wheels and or wind power outside the car. the ultimate green peace kinda car should be powered by wind rotation, wheel rotation, solar power on the bonnet or roof. iv heard some electric cars do use the motor spin to produce extra energy, when i said the spin of the wheels i also ment the spin of the motor, would using the wheels produce more power than juist the motor, thanks for any help instructables-ers ?
Question by Chris98 | last reply
This is my newest project-the BTPA-7. BTPA stands for bullet transfer pump action. This gun brings out the new year of innovation, as it is my most innovative and successful gun yet. It is a bolt action gun, making for superior efficiency, combined with a pump, making for a high ROF. Unlike other bolt action guns, however, this gun uses a pusher to transfer the bullet to the firing chamber, and also unique to other bolt action guns, the bullet stays there until it is fired, no matter how you shake or tilt it. Right now I have most of it done, but do not have the pieces for the ram guide, which is crucial to making the gun fire successfully, keeping the ram in tact as it is pulled back. Here is a video of the bullet transfer system: And here is a video of the gun with the pump (I also removed some pieces that were getting in the way of the trigger so now it works perfectly) Let me know what you think.
Topic by Kinetic | last reply
Hello Friends! If you are reading this then you are invited to my Open Studio and Show, Saturday October 24th from 4-8 pm in Berkeley CA. I have a number of pieces new and old to share with you including a brand new big one (see attached flyer)! My shop-mates Quantum Builders (green homes) will also be having an open house so you have that much more of a reason to come. I don't get many opportunities to show this many pieces at one time, and even fewer opportunities to meet and talk with you all, so I hope you'll come if you can. Click here for full details and directions with map. I thought it would be more fun if I kept the new work semi-secret so I won't post final photos until the week following the show (sorry out-of-towners). If you just can't wait, drop my by news page and you can see some of the works in progress.
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Question by stretch kinetic | last reply
These guys may not have thought of everything but I can't think of anything else you could add to it right now. http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/video/2012/mar/28/science-kinetic-sculpture-video It's over 9 minutes long. From a duck to a skeleton to a robot dinosaur: scientists created this fabulous kinetic sculpture, called On the Move, to demonstrate to children the concept of energy transfer. The Launchpad team at London's Science Museum and Engineered Arts Ltd created this cause-and-effect chain of events in a warehouse in Cornwall. No soft toys were injured in the making of this film L
Topic by lemonie | last reply
Can I get a W00T for summer??? Now that summer is here I have had a bit of extra time to dedicate to my gun building, and I have completed my Semi Auto. The Kinetic Last Stand is a small, compact semi auto rifle that utilizes 4-shot low cap removable mags and has a firing mechanism that originated from Louis XIV's semi auto, just a bit more complex. My idea of this has been around since christmas when I posted pictures of my first attempt of this gun, however It required too much energy to pull the trigger that was necessary, and so I created the V.2, which uses a simpler, more efficient trigger that allows you to utilize the energy of 2 #64's with little effort. The only downside is the mag capacity, which can be improved by a about 1.5 for every half moon connector that the mag, and in turn, stock, is extended. Thats about it...the video will demonstrate just how impressive this gun is. Maxed out means the maximum amount of power I would use for a war for the sake of keeping a high rate of fire. Let me know what you think!
Topic by Kinetic | last reply
Sorry for the dramatic title. I know it's been a long time since I've posted anything. I've been having a rough time lately and I really haven't had the time nor energy to begin a new project, although I do have a couple promising designs drawn that I would like to begin working on. But unfortunately I am going to have to take apart either the KLS v.2 or my beloved Kinetic Rifle to begin a new, potentially better project. Because I am attached to both (embarrassing, isn't it?) I want to ask you guys which one you think I should take apart: 1) The Kinetic Rifle or 2) The KLS v.2 Either one should give me enough pieces, so don't take size into your consideration. Thank you for helping me out and I promise I will have something great for you guys within the month. -Kinetic
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Hey guys while i was working on my new semiauto that me and kinetic were building i was wondering if any of you had any other ideas for a semiauto. i feel like we need more designs and concepts. i am willing to build upon your idea and recognize you. right now all we have is Kinetics KLS. V2, me and kinetics Kinno-1,and sharir's new semi auto. we need more than that. so please post your ideas here so othr people know whata your thinking. anything helps. seriously. thank you innovanna
Topic by innovanna | last reply
So included I have the original "troll physics magnet car" that supposedly would use magnets for propulsion. I know that it doesn't work since the front magnet pulls the car and the car pulls the front magnet, so the energy is evened out. But if you put a stronger magnet on the front, then the smaller magnet on the car wouldn't have enough strength to equalize the larger magnet, so why wouldn't the car move forward? What if you applied the same idea to a generator? (look at the picture with the circles and rectangles) Wouldn't the bar magnets continue to repel each other and make the generator wheel would spin forever? If the wheel was balanced and was given a little push to get things going, I don't see what the problem would be. I'm not planning on building this machine, so trial and error is out of the question for me. Please help!
Question by masterbuilder | last reply
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Topic by little green | last reply
My plan is to build a generator that can be used in a house(prefrably installed into a new build chimney). I'm going to start by building a prototype and i need advice on what kind of devices are out there or i can manufacture. also if possible could you tell me the output it is possible of? (eg enough to power a laptop) thanks any help is much apreciated :)
Question by dubpunkdub | last reply
Ok, for those of you who had seen my shotgun design, you could probably tell it was over before it had even started. I had tried 5 different layouts and I couldn't get past the frontmost barrel without running into problems. I think it was a cool design, but it was just too much for K'nex. Most of my best get designs just pop into my head at the most random times. Is it just me, or does this happen to other people too? Anyways I was trying to make it until the bell in pre-cal (my teacher is a crazy cat woman who enjoys talking about her imaginary husband) and I just started drawing this design. Not only did it kill 10 minutes but it may just be the best thing I've come up with in terms of K'nex. The magazine looking thing in front of the handle is actually the driving mechanism in this gun. Shots are housed in the stock pressing up against the pusher. When the pump is pulled, the pusher moves down, allowing two bullets (one shot) into the chamber. When the pump is released, the pusher pushes the bullets up against an upper section, where they wait for the trigger so be pulled, releasing the ratchet and the rubber band, launching the two bullets with a decent (I hope) spread. Even though it doesn't shoot yet it is fun to just load the ammo (thats just how cool this gun it). It is probably going to be a little different than what is shown in the video by the time I post it, but right now I'm just going with what I have. I hope you like it and please let me know of any improvements you can come up with. -Kinetic
Topic by Kinetic | last reply
I am looking for a good side-arm and as far as I know, oodammo side-arms are the best, so what would you say the best one out there is?
Question by Kinetic | last reply
Someone who works alot with energy (kinetic potential, chemical, mechanical, electrical etc;) and technology called. also is their somethins with those two and construction building. so its consturction, energy and technology. also what are soe jobs just working with energy or technology.
Question by DELETED_JAZ97 | last reply
Can't be bothered to keep this contest going. If anyone else wants to run it or create their own, go for it. ~Point board~ Waffleman - 10 Kinetic - 9 Jollex - 4 Arjun - 3 Sharir - 3
Topic by TheDunkis | last reply
anyone know how to salvage the backlights in laptops for other uses? how do you power them? and what might a person use them for? I'd like to include them in kinetic sculptures. yeah, I know, another 'artist'. Any help at all would be appreciated.
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