Rotational Charger?

Any ideas how one could transform rotational movement into usable energy?  I want to attach a little radio device to a tire and have that device charge a little battery when the wheel rotates so that it can transmit information (i.e. rpm).  Was thinking of using a small Nordic radio and accelerometers to transmit data.  

Question by swaxolez   |  last reply


rotating gardens

Does anyone have a tutorial or know where I can get drawings for the ring-shaped garden that has been shown on Stargate: Universe? There is a website that sells them but the $2,000 asking price is ridiculous!!

Topic by javajunkie1976   |  last reply


Rotating Lighthouse with LEDs?

I bought some LED strip lights  They let me cut them apart in bunches of 3.  I was hoping i could cut about 8 to 12 of these 3 Led sections and create a led lighthouse.  I just want to have a way for them to cycle on and off so it looks like it is rotating around.  I am going to stand the pieces up and down all around the lighthouse light area.  But i cant find any instructions on doing something like this.  Each three led section would need to turn itself on and off in sequence.  Or 2 or 3 can be on at once if it is easier just so it looks like it is rotating around it.  I would like it to go slowly around like a lighthouse Does anyone have any idea on how to accomplish something like this.  These new strip lights are very bright i was surprised how bright they are.

Question by cspooner   |  last reply


Rotating stacking mechanism

Hello everyoneI'm working on this project for school but got a problem with the final part. The thing is, we want to have the big panels rotate so they get stacked. Every panel needs to stop a the exact place.Anybody has a idea for this system? It will be run by an electric motor.Thanks EveryboyI have include 2 photos that show what should be happening. Also a zip with the solidworks parts and assembly with mates

Question by JonasV32   |  last reply


Rotating/revolving bookcase

I wonder if you could offer any advice on this idea of mine.  I’m looking to design/make a bookshelf that revolves.  Like this www.youtube.com/embed/XkYvXMYnTxc?list=UU_UK-sPqzXj10PvfUCf39lg TV on one side and books on the other.  The setup I want to make isn’t the same as this, but the mechanism would be exactly the same.  Any ideas on how to DIY this?  ​The space I have to do it is 16" deep, 39" wide and about 50" high I've searched around and can't find any info on where to buy the brackets/arms/runners that may be needed.  There are also wall beds that do the same thing on a much larger scale - but the process in principal is the same. I feel like the solution is fairly simple, but I don’t know where to start.  Any help would be brilliant, thanks.  This guy looks like he'd know how to do it https://www.instructables.com/id/Hidden-Door-Bookshelf/?ALLSTEPS Cheers!

Topic by tjwmurphy 


rotating compost pricicng

How much do you think people would pay for a rotating composter made from a recycled 55 gallon drum and all recycled materials?

Question by Herbal_T 


Rotating 2D into 3D

Playing around with making a 3D shape from layers of cardboard. This is a 2D image rotated 180 degrees and then built with 60 layers of laser-cut cardboard. Forgot to document this one so it's in the forum.

Topic by fungus amungus   |  last reply


Uploaded image is not rotated

I uploaded several photos for my Instructable (https://www.instructables.com/id/Game-board-for-Settlers-of-Catan/). All were taken with my iPhone. One is in portrait mode. When I preview the photo with Irfanview on my PC it is correctly oriented. When I view the photo on Instructables it is rotated 90 degrees to the left. I infer that the iPhone puts some kind of rotation command in the file. Irfanview correctly handles this while the Instructables site does not. Cheers, Jim Schrempp

Topic by jschrempp   |  last reply


Rotating Backdrop for Video

Hi All: I'm looking for ideas on creating my own rotating backdrop for a video that I'll be creating for my book. I will be drawing/painting a city skyline onto some type of paper or another and then want to be able to have it on a continuous 'scroll'. (Think a reel-to-reel player type of setup except using manual power.) Any thoughts? 

Topic by katlinbr   |  last reply


Need help making a Rotating Massager

Need help making a Rotating Massager with  a LONG HANDLE. We can get 'vibrating' massager with long handle but not able to get a rotating massager, for back etc. Need to have a high power rotating massager for body massage, but cannot get one in the market. Appreciate if we can make with materials available in the hardware store etc. The  motor should run with simple 230V AC supply like ordinary massagers do. Any help greatly appreciated.

Topic by rshyam   |  last reply


How to mod a web cam for making it rotate?

I want to have my web cam mounted at a specific place in my room and control the web cam rotation using  the USB interface and some program on my pc. I was thinking of having the web cam to be mounted on a USB rocket launcher sort of thing, but it would be great if i i find an instructable which tells me how to do this using a few stepper motors which i have from my old printers. Specially i would love if a stepper motor control system through USB port is provided.

Question by muhammajunaid   |  last reply


how do i rotate a 3 v dc motor 90 degrees at a time?

I would like to use a limit switch to stop the motor and a push button switch to start it again and move it to the next stop. There will be a mechanical arm at each 90 degree position to trigger the limit switch.

Question by reland   |  last reply


Looking for ways to build a motorized tripod

Hi all- I'm looking for a way to construct a tripod that can be set to rotate, tracking an object (basically would want it to be able to remain facing a certain object as it moves back and forth.  I basically need to have a camcorder that can be recording, and remained aimed at the subject without a cameraman).  Any ideas?

Topic by camarko   |  last reply


Scrolling Backdrop for Video

Hi All: I'm looking for ideas on creating my own rotating backdrop for a video that I'll be creating for my book. I will be drawing/painting a city skyline onto some type of paper or another and then want to be able to have it on a continuous 'scroll'. (Think a reel-to-reel player type of setup except using manual power.) I've considered paper towel holders on a Lazy Susan project....Any thoughts? Many thanks!

Topic by katlinbr   |  last reply


Chasing circle of LEDS...?

I'm in the process of making a UFO model for the local Railroad museum's model trainset.  What I want to do is have the standard disc shaped UFO with embedded LEDs on the edge.  I would like the LEDs to chase around the edge repeatedly while the display is on.  I've looked into using Arduino, but size is a factor.  The UFO is going to be about 6" across.  As far as I can tell, I can use a 555 and 4017 to work it out, as but that limits me to 10 leds, right?   If it can be worked out, having counter rotating circles would be great... But that would be duplicating the circuit and reversing the 4017 pin outs... AND...where is a good place to buy small quantities of LEDs and ICs?  My local Radio Shack has nothing in stock

Question by athos76   |  last reply


Rotating Antennae Wiring Question? Answered

Ok, something I've been thinking about for awhile.  Say you have an antennae/radar dish/etc that rotates 360°. Naturally, you have wires running up to the antennae connecting it to the rest of your circuit/broadcasting/receiving device. How do you prevent the wires from wrapping around the antennae and causing it to stop or causing the wires to break? I suppose you could reverse the antennae every so often to prevent this, but there must be a better way. Also, I figured you could have some sort of connection that rotated around, but it seemed that a rotating connection could be problematic if debris or something got in the way. It also doesn't seem like a very solid way to connect the two devices together.  Not actually building something here, just a curiosity. Thanks!   

Question by transistorguy   |  last reply


Any suggestions on how to build a rotating solar sunflower?

Any suggestions on how to build a rotating sunflower (span of about 3 or 4 feet) to hang on a wall (sunflower will be made of fabric or perhaps a sticker image on foam)? It's in front of a series of large windows, so I'd like it to be solar powered. I was thinking of working with toy motors, but I think the RPMs would be way too fast - I'd like it to move fairly slow, maybe completing a full rotation in about 10 seconds or so. Any suggestions on what type of motor/solar combination (and where I can get these items) would be great. I'm trying to mount these on walls (multiple numbers of them in different sizes).

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What are continuous rotation servos?

Does 'continuous rotation servos' run on commands like myservo.write(360) (for Arduino servo library)?

Question by sarveshk   |  last reply


rotating hanging wheel decoration?

I had a hanging wheel decoration, just wondering if the wheel can rotating using some weight so the wheel rotate infinite. perhaps moving its axle or something

Question by jul_ms   |  last reply


continuous to step rotation in legos?

I have a thing that rotates in lego, it has one revolution per 5 minutes. I want it to be connected to something else so that the other thing has one rotation per hour. But it has to rotate in steps, so after every five minutes it has to rotate 1/12 revolution at one time. Can anybody think of a good mechanism? It won't work to make only one pin on the five minute ring so it only ticks the other gear one pin per rotation, that would go too slow because with one revolution per five minutes the transition would take too long. It has to be a short moment. thanks

Topic by merijnvw   |  last reply


Pinterest image rotated, bug?

Anyone having issues with images rotating when they try to share in Pinterest? When I try to share, some of mine have their images rotated 90 degrees. Attached a screen shot. Anyone know a solution to this? I emailed support to see if they have some suggestions.

Topic by jpmarth   |  last reply


Pin-Pressions/ Rotation Sensor

I'm trying to build a sensitive pinpression device: one that can see 3d digital images. The device would be able to read, record and organize the depth of each pin. I think the first problem to overcome is figuring out a cheap way to measure pin depth. I think it will be best to do this with rotation sensors. Does anyone know how to build or where to buy cheap rotation sensors?

Topic by yes   |  last reply


3 axis rotation system

Hello everyone! I was hoping someone here with better understanding of engineering or just a fresh take on the problem can help me out. Im working on this art project where I have a metal ball, aproximatelly the size of a basket ball, and i wanted to make it rotate continuously on a stand, in a way that all sides of the ball were shown eventually. I've thought about this 3 axis sytem where each axis would rotate in turns to keep the ball rolling in diferent directions. Basically its like the insides of an analog mouse where the ball would rotate the gears and give the input of the location of the pointer, except here the gears should rotate the ball. I've been trying to build something close to that with some K'NEX and a simple rotation engine that came with it but im not getting nowhere. I thought of building the gears myself but im finding it hard to come up with a plan. What would the gears be shaped like? What size? what distance between them? Even with trial and error would take me forever @.@ Anyways, any input, ideas, comments apreciated, Thx!

Topic by raposa   |  last reply


Lighthouse pulsing light

Hi all - I am building a wooden model lighthouse, it will stand 5 feet tall and become my driveway landmark. I have been searching for a good light circuit, a non-LED version, preferably using 120v AC. I would like the light to just do a slow flash or pulse and haven't found a circuit anywhere. I did find one SCR simple circuit using a high rated capacitor, but I am looking for more options. I have a coloured halogen which should do the job well enough. So have any of you brainiacs come across any circuits close to this description - thank you for reading / responding. Bill

Topic by bstacy37   |  last reply


How to attach a small motor to a piece of wood?

I am not so sure this is possible, but I have a small 8rpm motor that I would like to attach to a piece of wood. The trick is I want to attach is so the wood is hanging under the motor, so I need a way to permanently attach it so that it will still spin, but not drop a 3lb-ish load. I don't know much about all this, so if you need anymore information from me about the parts just ask. Thanks! EDIT: The motor is a small dc motor. It's about an inch and a half long cylinder. The spinning part is on the end of the cylinder, a bit off center, and is shaped like a partial cylinder. I hope this explaination makes sense.

Question by Seeshi_suin   |  last reply


Create a motorized rotating TV

Hey all,  I am trying to create a TV mount that can switch from horizontal to vertical at the click of a button but I really have no idea where to start. Is there a way I can motorize this mount? https://www.amazon.com/Mount-It-Low-Profile-Landscape-Portrait-Panasonic/dp/B005MHGCSK 

Topic by TylerL62   |  last reply


Advice for newbie - rotational art?

Hi there, A few years ago I picked up a lovely ornament - a crystal ball contained within a conical spiral wire thing.  When suspended you could manually spin the wire to create the illusion of the crystal ball falling (very poor explanation but hopefully you get it?). Anyway - I've always wanted to automate this, so that you can hang it up in the conservatory and enjoy a nice cup of tea whilst this thing continues to spin. My simple idea was to have the ornament hung on a basic motor (solar powered / using a solar powered battery would be even better). And that's where my idea stops.  I've searched online and remain baffled by the plethora of motors and accessories that I might need. In very simple terms can anyone advise what: electric motor I need (the ornament is probably around 1kg, I'd like it to spin at around 60 rpm?) whether I can power it via solar (ideally to charge a battery so that I can have it working at night when there is no sun!) Any other helpful tips? First time on this place - looks incredibly interesting and fun. Thanks in advance, Jamie

Topic by Jamie_Jumbles   |  last reply


Rotating Powered Display for GEEK swag

OK, Ill admit it, I'm a nerd.  I'm a Star Wars fan, and I got a new den that I want to geek out. I have a museum-quality X-wing fighter that I want to display on a counter top (&&&).  The piece has a display base, and a acrylic post that the model sits on - and through which three wires go up into the model and illuminates the outer engines, and numerous cockpit fiber-optic display bits.  It is uber-cool to look at in the dark. 8-) But I want to fab a custom display base that ROTATES so the model does a slow 360 revolution over, say, a minute or so.  But I also want to KEEP the lights. So, my puzzle is this.. How can I fab POWER RINGS, so that my model can display its lights as it revolves? -Or- Is there any way I can hack some kind of cheapo commercial wireless power conduction thing, so that I dont really NEED hard wires at all.  I can rig some rechargeable battery pack onto the rotating display base, and something that transmits the power on the table-top base (that doesnt rotate).  To be clear, the motor that does the rotation OF the base I can wire directly to the wall, But for the LEDs built into the model, I figure I need maybe 40mW of DC power that I want transferred to the batteries on the top to juice the model while turned on. I get this idea from my Wii wireless controller recharger.  I only have to put the controllers onto a special plate plugged in to the wall when not being used, and they recharge.  With this, SOMEHOW, power is getting to the batteries in the charger *without* being directly wired to the charging adapter. Anyway, since everyone on this site is a genius, I know the can give me an idea or two. HELP ME GET MY GEEK ON. -Dave &&& If you're interested, it's the eFX Collectibles RED FIVE X-Wing Studio Scale model,

Topic by Clone_Wolf 


ideas wanted: I need to build automatic 180 degree swivel chair for stage prop

I need to build an automatic (motorized) chair that can swivel 180 degrees for a stage prop on the cheap. It must be able to support at least 200 lbs (the chair and the person in the chair.) I found the swivel hardware that can support up to 750lbs. Now I'm trying to figure out how I can make it turn 180 degrees. (Kind of like the chairs on The Voice that comes on NBC. Thanks

Topic by Shanne69   |  last reply


How can I build a Slow, Rotating, Solar, Low Power LED for Mother-In-Law's garden lighthouse?

I bought my mother-in-law a couple fiberglass lighthouses (hollow interior) that stand about four feet tall in her garden.  Is there any possible way that I could manage a low-power LED light (that doesn't bother neighbors), and not only make it slowly rotate, but power it from a solar cell off of.... say an old solar light?  Thanks!

Question by gothmetalforever   |  last reply


Possible 3d scanner project

An idea just popped in my head, just an idea.. take a scanner apart, and in stead of the scanner moving, have the "object" do a 360 while its scanned. so im thinking take the stepper motor our and build some sort of rotation device so when its suppose to "scan" the object is rotated and the scanner piece is at a fixed vertical position what do you guys think? please send suggestions, sketches. any input will greatly be appreciated =) thanx Brett

Topic by B.oom   |  last reply


How do you connect something that is spinning to a power outlet i.e. the lights on a ferris wheel?? Answered

I want to build a light rig that's spinning around it's own axis. Like a carousel or a ferris wheel. But without putting the power source on the rid. How do you do that without the cables twisting?

Question by Patriktg   |  last reply


I am looking for ideas on the best way to make a Solar Garden Light replicate a 4ft lightouse light.

I bought a cheap 4 ft wooden lighthouse and want to add a solar powered light in it. It doesn't have to be bright, infact I don't want it to keep the neighbors awake. I just want to buy a cheap solar garden light, and make it flash for say 5 seconds on and off. or if possible, make it appear to be rotating by having it repeat the pattern(soft, bright, soft, off, off) I saw a nice schematic for that somewhere, but it has been a while since I messed with building circuits and I'd rather try and keep it simple. Any ideas, also is the solar garden light the way to go, or do you have something better. Looking to do it all for $15 max. Also, I would like to add 2 switches, one to bypass the photo cell and showcase it during the day. and the other to turn the whole thing off.

Question by RumRunnerXT   |  last reply



DC MOTOR ROTATION problem with ARDUINO !!

Hey there ,i have a simple problem in my controlling motor with arduino project that i send 5v to it at the top of the code but many times it gives a very small incomplete rotation (a small step i mean ) and stops the code not allowing to complete it , if i give a hand help to rotate it rotates properly and some times without help . so how to make it rotate without hand help ? and what is the idea ? thanks .(i am using l293d)

Question by mohamedsaad194   |  last reply


This one hasn't been in the ad rotation

Re: Krylon contest, I've only seen the EL contest in the banner rotation, this one totally caught me off guard...Time to paint something!

Topic by frollard   |  last reply


linear input to control a rotating servo? Answered

Im trying to build a circuit in which an input uses linear motion to control a rotating servo. the servo rotates clockwise/counterclockwise, and the input should have 3 inputs. turning the servo clockwise, turning the servo counterclockwise, and a neutral option so the servo doesn't have to always move; the neutral would be between the to rotation inputs. The closest form of an input I've found so far is a sliding potentiometer since it is controlled by linear motion. If there's a better input that can have those 3 inputs i'd love to know.

Question by explosive_bagels   |  last reply


Idea for eccentric rotational sealed couple.

 I had this idea trying to seal this gaddamned ethanol system. (The vaseline grease gasket works perfectly as long as the shaft doesn't move, after ten minutes of rotation, it starts leaking)For the sake of expedience I'm currently going with a different option, but Ithink this one's actually better and will come back to it when I getthe chance.I don't know how self explanatory the animation is, but basically itconverts rotation into eccentric rotation/motion and then back again.Since the circular housing between the two shafts isn't spinning assuch, it can be sealed with a rubber sleeve. The system is thereforcompletely sealed. I've tried it and it does work, with lowresistance, but tends to wobble a little and the two shafts can getout of phase. I think both these problems can be solved by having two'outrigger' rollers, rather than one as in the animation.Link to animation that hasn't been messed up by instructables resizing it:http://sugarandfat.info/eccentric_couple1.gif

Topic by SolarFlower_org   |  last reply


How to find the rotating shaft rpm?

I have used AC motor of 750 rpm... motor then transmit its power to gear box then to shaft... on shaft rope drum is connected to do the required work i-e lifting or lowering of load

Question by waseemhaider.syed   |  last reply


Rotating multi-layer Face scupture

Hi I would like to make a diy small scale version of the following video.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yQ4Pscb-ZQ Preferably a Lord Buddha head version of it. I am pretty creative but not mechanically inclined.challenges are as follows:_1) how to get a 3d scan of a buddha head i already have 2) cut the 3d scan horizontally in multi layers3) make a small scale model4) make the different layers rotate and control individually5) make it artsy...i am good with that so dont need much help

Topic by rav527   |  last reply


Some help with camera tilt/rotating?

I am trying to make my own Pan and tilt timelapse device, to use with my camera (such as an Emotimo TB3). I want the design to be pretty feasible, but I want this to be fairly professional (in case I can market the idea.... idk about that but maybe I might be able to at some point). The problem with my design is that I want it to be pretty small and lightweight, so having the camera mount above the head seems like a good idea - (like this) However-that takes the camera away from the axis of rotation, increasing the strain on the motor (not a huge problem), but my main concern is that having the camera rotate off-center from the axis would cause issues, say, if the rig was used for gigapixel photography.  The other option is to mount the camera in line with the axis of rotation, but that causes a much larger design (which would look somewhat like this) So from someone who knows more about cameras than I, If I took a camera and used it in gigapixel photography (which would be the rigs second use), would having the camera rotate out of axis create problems in stitching, etc??

Question by astroboy907   |  last reply


Randomly rotate entries in contest pages.

Here's a suggestion for how Instructables are displayed when viewing contest pages. It seems to me that all of the top-rated Instructables get all the face time at the contest's main page, while others get pushed to the back. If you're like me and have little time during breaks at work to spend time on the site, then often you don't get past that first page. Thus other entries further back, which may be just as good, never get viewed (or rated, or commented, or voted for). I suggest that at the top level, all of the entries on a contest page should be completely randomized each time the page is refreshed. There should still be the option to sort based on views, ratings or votes, but none of these should be the default.

Topic by jeff-o   |  last reply


Help with modifying a servo for continuous rotation?

I want to build a robot with arduino and for the motors I was going to use some servos that I could modify for continuous rotation.  So, I picked up 2 cheap ones at radioshack.  I opened them up and I can get to the gears by removing the top part and I can get to the back of the circuit board by taking off the bottom.  But the circuit board is soldered in so I can't take it out to get to the potentiometer. I tried desoldering the connections to the motor but there seems to be more joints to desolder before I can take out the circuit board completely. And I don't want to desolder every joint and then have to solder them again when I need to put them back together.  So has anyone modified these radioshack servos and can tell me how to get tho the potentiometer? Or can anyone tell me if there is a way to modify them without getting to the potentiometer? Thanks.

Question by texpert   |  last reply


Rotating a simple DC motor really slowly (1 rotation per 2 hours)?

This is to rotate a bike chain on a small cog. After doing some research, I came across a component called a Pulse Width Modulator. Would this be suitable for turning a simple DC motor at 1 rotation per 12 hours(EDIT: I meant 1 rotation per 2 hours, not 1 every 12 hours)? Or, would it only get me to a certain point before I need to use gear ratios to achieve my ideal revs? This really is a budget project so nothing too fancy.  Thanks

Question by Nenagh   |  last reply


how to find torque of a rotating actuator shaft..

Am doing a project on developing a instrument helps finding the torque value of a actuators rotating shaft before fitting it to the valve ....

Question by prithiv   |  last reply


How to reverse the rotation of a vacuum cleaner motor? Answered

I'm possession of a vacuum cleaner engine and I'm trying to reverse its rotation..So far I've tried reversing it's polarity with no success but I looked up the 2 ICs on it's chip and it has a555 timer and a 7-stage binary counter.(see: http://www.standardics.nxp.com/products/hef/datasheet/hef4024b.pdf)There are only 2 wires running to the engine from the chip so I presume there is no feedback.Furthermore there is a potentiometer hooked up to both the ICs which regulates the speed of the engine (and no AD convertor as far as I can tell) so the voltage changes the PWM output as the engine is rated 230V.All ideas are welcome =)p.s.(I can't supply you with pictures right now, sorry)

Question by Prodigity   |  last reply


change rotation speed | standard clock part

Hi all (not sure if this is the right place to post such a question): is there an easy way to speed up a standard clock module part? (please see attached JPG picture). - would like it to turn 3 times faster. - can add any extra external circuit - can increase the voltage i.e. 2 x AA instead of one i know v. little about electronics. Also important to know how this will affect the power consumption.... thanks

Topic by oem_odm   |  last reply


change rotation speed | standard clock part

Hi all is there an easy way to speed up a standard clock module part (please see attached JPG picture). - would like it to turn 3 times faster. - can add any extra external circuit - can increase the voltage i.e. 2 x AA instead of one i know v. little about electronics. Also important to know how this will affect the power consumption.... thanks

Question by oem_odm   |  last reply


How does this rotation control mechanism work? Answered

I've been trying to figure out a good technique to control the motor rotation in a split-flap display. I've found two methods that I want to compare. One is with a NEMA8 stepper motor (I want to try to keep things small and easy to replicate), the other technique is with a method I've only seen in one place, and I'm not exactly sure what's going on. You can see the video here. From what I gather, they have a DC Motor, that controls two discs. The right hand disc acts as your zero reference, and the left references each flap in the split-flap display.  I can faintly see a red light flashing that I think is on the left hand connector, that flashes every time a groove in the wheel spins past. The right hand wheel only has one groove in it, and when it's facing straight down, you'll see the LED turn on. I imagine the LED is turning on to let the programmer know that that sensor is picking up the groove, but I don't think it's the sensor. I also think those grooves are super important to the sensing, but I don't know how. I know how ball mice work, but those require a IR emitter/receiver on each side of the wheel. I can't see that here (though it could be hidden). So my question is, how does this work? Or, if it's a better question, what is the simplest/cheapest way to get precision accuracy (and the ability to zero if things shift out of place) out of a DC motor without programming the stopping points? Any help is greatly appreciated.

Question by StumpChunkman   |  last reply