ROLLING CAN MOTOR

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Rolling motor system describes the motion of a rolling wheel, car tire or can. A wheel rolling over a surface have both linear and rotational motions (also called trans- rotational motion).

These systems have vast applications in automobile engine.

MATERIALS NEEDED

• Iron rod
• Two cans
• 15mm PVC pipe
• Two elbow connectors
• PVC glue

TOOLS NEEDED

• Plier
• Nail

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Step 1: Making the Handle and Steering

MATERIALS NEEDED

• PVC pipe
• Two elbow connectors
• PVC glue

STEPS

• Arrange the Pipe and connectors as shown in the 2nd picture
• Glue them together

Step 2: Attaching the Roller Cans

MATERIALS NEEDED

• Two cans
• Iron rod

STEPS

• Make a hole at the other end of the pipe
• Insert the rod into the first can, then into the pipe and finally through the second can
• Bend the rods by 1cm at the two ends, leaving a little gap between the can and the point of bending

Step 3: HOW IT WORKS

When the motor is been pushed over a surface through the handle, the rolling cans have both linear and rotational motions (also called trans- rotational motion). This is a great toy for the kids.

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If you put a few decent magnets on the inside of the cans you could use this to pick up metal items off of your carpet too.

Hmmmm thanks!!! Thats very cool. But it could only works for picking up small metal items. Larger metal items overtime would impedes the movement of the cans.

Fred, your guess is incorrect!!! What is important here is the learning content which empowers kids to experience the joy of creating new things irrespective of their background.

Thanks

What? Is this simply a pvc pipe with cans nailed onto it or am I missing something? I don't see a motor in any of this.