what should I do with the disk drive motor stator what projects could I do?

I was thinking an ark reactor model or a small decked out diamagnetic levitating art piece sculpture thing I got it out of a laptop if anyone is wondering

Question by nerd7473 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

What to do with go kart motor?

I stumbled upon a go kart motor in my shed that my grandfather was going to use to make a go kart. It was supposed to be built when i was 12. I'm 21 now. My grandfather has passed on. The go kart frame was stolen. I want to put this motor to good use. The problem is that I don't know what to build to use it. I want to build something more than a go kart. if i wanted to go for a drive i would just take my car. Lol :P Any suggestions? Motorbike? Atv with caterpillar tracks? Help me decide and I will post full instructable!

Topic by BigBossXtreme 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Suggestions for small motors for an art project?

Howdy Folks, I'm doing an art piece that will require many small motors and know nothing about them or even where to start looking. What I'm thinking is something similar to a clock that will spin 3-4 roundish cast paper layers (one nests inside the other) on the same axis but at different speeds and maybe different directions. Initially I had thought about using small battery operated clocks but I need something with more options. Each layer will be lightweight (made of paper) and the speeds will be relatively slow. Since I may need about 30 of them I'd prefer them to be inexpensive. And, since I'm new to this area of knowledge I need them to be relatively simple. Grateful for any suggestions! Thank you in advance. Cheers.

Question by leelu9 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

Motor Clamp

I am extremely close to finishing Grathio's Secret Knock Detecting Door Lock (https://www.instructables.com/id/Secret-Knock-Detecting-Door-Lock/). I am about to mount to my door, but unfortunately the clamp (step 3) has not been working out for me, and in no way will the motor be strong enough to turn the lock. Any other suggestions on how to hook up the motor to the door? FYI: my casing is entirely different from that of his instructions. Thank you!

Topic by KGuy 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Table Fan Motor for Motorized Bicycle

Hello everyone, I was think of turning a normal bicycle into a motorized one. Will taking the motor from an ordinary Table Fan and attaching it to the bike work? I'm planning on running it off a car battery. Any suggestions are welcome :D

Topic by naresh97 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

robot motor question.

I would like to ask if what motor can you suggest so that our intended user can know that our robot is moving? our intended users are the visually impaired so our robot will help them to navigate. our robot is an obstacle detection robot thanks

Topic by bryan_caray 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

How to monitor the current of the motor (stepper motor)?

Or is there any current sensing device or module available in the market? I want to monitor the the current [ from +ve terminal of the power supply to motor ] and the current [from motor to -ve terminal of the power supply]  please suggest me any method to follow or is there any circuit module or device is in the market. so that I can buy and use them into my project to achieve this goal.  Thanks.

Question by FarhanM6 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

Circular saw boat motor. Need help and suggestions.

I am building a small, plywood boat and looking to power it. I have built many projects made out of wood but never anything mechanical. I am looking for advise from people who have done something similar. In the image I attached there are three problems I face.  1 and 2) To transfer motion from the circular saw to the prop's axial I was thinking using something similar to a bike chain. What parts would you use to do this? 3) How would you secure a prop onto an axial? I am not looking for this to be a fast or anything. Just more of a practice project.  Thanks!

Topic by AceOfCircles 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

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).

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

electric bicycle motor?

Okay, Im thinking of turning my bicycle (a "Quasar Bounty") into an electric bike.  it already weighs about 30-40 lbs. And I want it to go at least 30mph. Can someone please suggest a motor I can use, and what battery I should use? Thanks, Michael McPherson (mmcpherson4)

Question by mmcpherson4 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

How to overdrive motors?

I have an adafruit motorshield and 3 Volt motors. The shield works only with 5-12 Volt motors. I need to overdrive the 3 volt motors to work with it? Pleade tell me hoe to overdrive it? If you have any other suggestions to use 3 volts motor with the shield pls tell me??

Question by fahmed20 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

I need suggestions for higher power MOSFETs...

Hello! I'm, building a standard H-bridge motor control circuit, but I can't find the power MOSFETs I need. I have a schematic which uses IRF630 / IRF9630 MOSFETs, but they'll only handle 9 amps at 12 volts. The motor I'm controlling will require a continuous current of 25 amps at 24 volts, with a max of 45 amps (if the motor is in the locked rotor condition). I'd like them to reach "fully on/off" with +12 volts at the gate. Does anyone have suggestions? I'd prefer built in electrostatic discharge protection, but beggars can't be choosers, so I welcome any suggestions. Thanks to all!

Question by charlene.wintersrecos 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

What Should I Do With This?

Hi Folks!I would like to propose a new topic, please let me know if it's already hiding somewhere on the site and I've missed it. This might require a whole section to handle all of the possible separate threads, not sure...It's called "What Should I Do With This?"...I have several weird items in my possession that I KNOW have greatness lurking within them, but I'm at a loss about how best to unlock their potential. I'm sure lots of other folks are in the same boat. So here's the idea:We post a photo and/or description of the item, and ask what to do with it. Readers can offer suggestions (hopefully something besides "give it to me!"), advice, etc. Then when/if the advice is taken, we make an instructable, or at least reply to the thread with the results.For example (I'll post pix if I can), I have an ancient external, ~5 lb serial-port CD player in a serious metal housing about a foot long with a power supply built in. What's especially nice is the huge sticker along the side of the silly beast that says "PORTABLE" in huge block letters. It's crying out to be the platform for some device, just not sure what.Another item is a big Fostex 1/2" 8-track reel-to reel with a bad (and I'm told, prohibitively expensive to replace) tape head. So it's got a smooth, quiet & powerful motor (or two), eight analog meters, lots of RCA in & out ports, plus switches, leds, and pulleys for aligning and running the tape. I'm thinking a belt drive for a Van De Graaf, maybe some random dancing needle meters for various projects...See what I mean? I'm sure somebody has some ideas for the bits and pieces I haven't even mentioned, or a better way to re-purpose the entire apparatus without reducing it to it's components.Maybe if somebody was looking for input and got a suggestion that they thought was amazing but outside the realm of possibility for them, they could offer to send the item to the person who made the suggestion (if the recipient paid shipping, of course). But for the most part, I think sharing ideas would be most valuable.What do you think? And, perhaps even more importantly, what should I do with the stuff described above?Thanks!!Mike

Topic by mikecraghead 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Very simple Stepper Motor Driver Concept, suggestions or input?

Here is a concept stepper motor driver that I came up with. It supports half-stepping too. Any comments or suggestions are appreciated as I know that this thing is far from perfect. I also am making a 3-Axis CNC DB25 version schematic of this controller which I will post up later.

Topic by abadon 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Best Motors for underwater thrusters?

I plan to do a Arduino based ROV for that i need thrusters i searched for thrusters but can't find for cheap, So plan to do thrusters please suggest me best motors for thrusters?

Question by athuv 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Hi... I'm working on a design and i'm having a problem with how i can make a power supply for it. Mainly this what I want to do: Vin = 220v ~ Vout 1 = 7v Vout 2 = 12v Vout 3 to Vout 7 = 5v Can anyone help on how i can make this? Vout1 is for Arduino. Vout2 is for a coin acceptor. Vout3 to Vout7 would be used for servo motors (tower pro mg995)

Question by Gedon 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

AC Motor to Wind turbine? Answered

Ok Yes I know that It has to be DC for it to work as a generator. But I found a fan from Dads greenhouse and its rather larged, used for air circulation. Is there any AC to DC fix? Any rewiring or turning the coil around? Any help or suggestions would be of great help.

Question by CrawdadMan 9 years ago  |  last reply 1 year ago

Small antique motor running rough, lubricant? suggestions as to a product Answered

I have a small antique desk fan that I am refinishing the art deco base on.  Now keep in mind, in another life I was an antique dealer.  I know messing with it drops the value, however the base was all ready badly corroded.  The motor runs, though rough.  I think it is most likely bearings, and or possible winding's could have a small short, though that is doubtful.  Lubricant for the bearings?   And keep in mind cleaning it with aggressive chemicals like acetone could melt the varnish off the winding's, then I'm really hooped.  Now the obvious would just be to replace the motor, but pieces like this were built not to ever be opened again, at least without hope of putting them back together the same way.  Thanks

Question by iminthebathroom 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Variable Speed on a DC motor

Hi everyone, Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can slow down the roatational speed of a 14.4V DC motor? Its come out of a cordless drill and I have another project to put it to use but it rotates too fast at the moment. I have 2 options: 1) Use a variable resistor to slow down the speed 2) Use a gearing system In an ideal world I would prefer to use the variable resistor, as then I could change the speed of the motor quickly and effortlessly. Mechanical circuits are not my best skill and Ive already burnt out a cheap potentiometer (presumably too much current?) so I need to think more inteligently about what the design should be rather than just bolting components on the side of it. If anyone has any ideas please feel free, im open to all suggestions at the moment. Thanks Mat.

Topic by mathewjenkinson 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

DC Motor speed controler

Hi all Can anyone suggest the best way to replace the variable speed trigger of a 18v battery drill, with a remote from the drill adjustable speed control. I want to control the speed and have it stay at the setting until I turn it off or adjust the speed. The drill will be clamped to a board with no battery and powered by a power supply. Thanks for any advice Les

Topic by Les1951 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

Suggestions for simple recycled electronics project?

Hi folks, So I'm putting together a workshop for primary schools kids on making things with recycled electronics. I'm trying to think of a circuit which each child could reliably get the pieces to make (I have a big pool of bits, and we'll be asking them to bring in stuff) - so the bits I reckon we'll get a lot of are resistors, capacitors, switches, little motors and LEDs. Can anyone think of something simple you could make out of those that might be fun to have at the end - some kind of simple moving bot or some such? I've done some of this kind of stuff myself, but my electronics knowledge isn't hot enough to figure something out by myself... Thanks! Brian

Topic by towelinmonk 7 years ago

Websites selling small electric motors?

I am starting an electric go-cart(ish) project thing, and was wondering where I might find the best site for moderately cheap and decent electric motors? (Looking for a motor in the 250-500 watt range) I will be making my own drive train,gear reduction etc, all I need is the bare motor. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Question by NoNameCola 7 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Silent kneading massage Motor?

I am creating a portable neck and shoulder massager and I am looking into a kneading massage. I know massage machines tend to make noises, and I am planning mind to be silent since it is designed to be used in class without being distracting. I was wondering if you have any suggestions on making this product as quiet as possible? Are their any silent massage motors? Feel free to ask me any further questions. 

Question by hthnc-student 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

controlling speed of dc motor Answered

Hey guys I'm trying to finish a project.  I have a motor thats making a 5 gal bucket spin, I would REALLY like to be able to control the speed but I'm not sure how to go about it.  Right now it's spinning extremly fast and to unstable The motor I used is decently small cgi.ebay.com/DRIVE-MOTOR-DC-GEARMOTOR-12VDC-DRIVE-SYSTEM-NEW_W0QQitemZ300327674056QQcmdZViewItemQQptZBI_Robotics I've read similar problems and ppl suggest PWM what size do I need for the motor I have?

Question by micha3l87 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

need all stepper motors and contoller, and power supply for diy cnc? suggestions?

Diy cnc complete and ready to connect to comp. Looking for everthing I need to run the machine I was hoping for someone who had made a similar purchase that could reccommend a source

Question by osteencst 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Replacement suction motor housing?

I have a couple of motors and fans from domestic vacuum cleaners that got their casings damaged beyond(main user acceptable) repair. Having just started using a router, my next project has to be a cyclonic dust collector. Rather than used the current domestic vacuum I'd like to utilise one of the salvaged suction units, has any one got advice or suggestions on mounting/ design of a shop vac? As they were a quick salvage job on the way to the tip I didn't get much of a look at how things went together, filter arrangements etc

Question by Stan1y 2 years ago

Any suggestions for projects or other uses for these things I salvaged? I have a motor, capacitor, and bike chain.

I was working for a man from my church doing some yard work. We were about to go to the dump and he had a perfectly functional garage door motor he was about to throw out. the problem was that a plastic gear had been completely stripped. Not wanting to see it go to waste I asked if I could have it so he gave it to me. I used the main base plate for making some homemade knives but I would like some suggestions for other uses or projects. (have know idea what the capacity of the capacitor is, all I know is that as you can see in the pictures it is rather large. Any help with this info would be greatly appreciated.)

Question by Shadow13! 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Not sure where to find a 60 to 120 rpm AC motor

I'd like to add a small motor to a hand cranked coffee grinder (Hario Skerton Coffee Grinder).  It's conical burr style grinder that produces a consistent particle size (much more so than the mini blender, whirlly style grinder).  I'll expand on why that's important when I build the thing.   My problem is that is takes 10 minutes or so to grind enough coffee for two people. I'd like to put a motor on it.  I tried spinning it with a battery powered drill, but the RPMs were too high.  The burr spun faster than coffee beans could feed.  I'd like a motor in the 60 to 120 rpm range.  I still need to determine the torque required.  Additionally, I'd like to plug this right in to a 110 outlet.  Does anyone have a suggestion on an appliance I could scavenge or the type of motor I should look to buy?   Thanks, Mike

Topic by MikeM50 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

Heavy duty motor controller system

I'm attempting to build a rather large bot using wheelchair motors as it seems many other people have done. However I'm trying to determine the best way to control them. Anyone have any suggestions on a motor shield/motor control board powerful enough to do so or have a recommendation for a specific motor controller or arduino relay board that could work?

Topic by dstech 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

how much solar power is required to run a motor?

Is it possible to run a motor of 1KW power with a solar power of 400W.No battery should be used .Suggestions will be greatly appreciated

Question by k.manid 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

small solar panel, motor and propeller

I have constructed a desktop solar helicopter that I have on wire3d.com  I am trying to make a small very light solar helicopter that I can fly on the desktop and is tethered on 4 corners. I will make it out of very light plastic or styrofoam or bulsa wood. I need to find the right panel, motor, and propeller. Any suggestions will be appreciated.   bob

Topic by solartoys 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

help building a dc motor controller

I am trying to build a simple dc motor controller.  The motor is from a treadmill rated at 90v dc, 21 amps.  I have a PWM (rated at a 90 v dc, capable of controlling 0.01-1000w max 15a)  and a bridge rectifier model mp3510s (35 amp single phase).  I can get the dc out of the rectifier at 106 volts.  How can I drop this to 90v  safely to make it work?  I have just enough electrical knowledge to be dangerous, and I know this!  any suggestions?     The end result will be to power a 12 inch metal lathe

Question by anectine 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Remote controlled outboard electric motor

Hi, I would like to build a remote system for an electric outboard motor. It could be controlled with a wired remote or not. I would really like to make it so that i can just "clip in" my existing Minnkota transom motor and control speed and direction. I have some electrical skills but really need ideas about gears, controls and suggestions. Any interrested?

Question by Traggart 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago

how to remove copper from motor?

I was wondering how to remove the copper from an air conditioning motor.  It is wound around the metal in several different places, and has a heavy papers inserted into each hole where the copper is looped/  The only way I have found is to take a screwdriver and pound each  hole with a hammer to push the copper out.  I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions.  Trying to scrap several motors of there copper.

Question by tweetygirl0612 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

looking for a component to control my 36v500w motor speed and direction from an arduino

Hello! I am currently trying to build my won electric scooter. i bought this motor http://www.ebay.com/itm/Razor-MX500-Dirt-Rocket-Bike-Electric-Scooter-Motor-36V-500W-MY1020-P-ST20-/141293042627?pt=Motors_ATV_Parts_Accessories&hash;=item20e5b8bbc3&vxp;=mtr and i have a 38v 10A battery which i plan on turning into 20A further more i plan on using a resistor to change the out volt to 36v. i am now looking for a controller that i can connect to an arduino so the arduino can control the speed and direction of the motor. any suggestions?

Question by bfeher1 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

Brushless motor not running,help needed..!!!

I have Turnigy 2836, 2350Kv outrunner connected to Hobbyking 40A SBEC ,Rhino 1550mAh 3S 20c Lipoly Battery and a Hobbyking servo tester to control the motor .when i try to start it makes two beep sound, vibrates and turns off.it was perfectly running last time i checked .which components' fault is this??? and how to check lipoly's voltage and current?can i use normal multimeter? thanks for the suggestion....

Question by ferraririder123 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

A 6v motor (rated ) and Appiled voltage is 12V

I am making a line following robot and using Two Dc motor with L298N motor Driver and applying a voltage of 12V.I have used PWm to control my speed but my motors are behaving abnormally like one rotates and other one is not rotating . WHy ??Any suggestions

Question by AbrarA3 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

what can i make with an electric motor out of a rc car?

I have a small electric motor and a few wires out of an RC car. i would like to make something cool any suggestions?

Question by bryanramone 10 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

need help selecting a controller

I have 3 nema 23 stepper motors. unfortunately I cant find instructions in English for the controller. and the controller is incomplete when shipped. the controller that came with it is a tb6560-t3-v5. never used, but cant find instructions nor anyone who can explain it to me. I need a new controller with good instructions for 23hs22-2804s. any suggestions or anyone who can explain that?

Topic by wolfbain5 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

Controlling the Speed on a 240VAC Industrial Fan: Suggestions please

I have acquired an old "Airspeed" Industrial air circulator or fan, which stands on a pedestal. It still works, but at only one, fairly fast speed and in one fixed position. As a project, I am stripping it down and restoring it, while altering the overall look to something more in tune with a Steampunk aesthetic. As part of this I am adding a brass worm-drive which will enable me to alter the angle of the fan plus motor assembly on the pole to which it's attached. I would also like to be able to adjust the speed, either continuously, or using set points ( slow, medium, fast etc.). The motor appears to be single phase and connects directly to mains 240V AC supply. There are no electronics at all in the current construction - I would guess that the unit dates to the 1950s or 60s? Can any one suggest a safe and reasonably simple way to set up a speed control system? All suggestions welcome, however banal - the more simply outlined the better. If you know of an electromechanical means of doing this, so much the better. Regards and thanks

Question by cutshopguy 7 years ago  |  last reply 1 year ago

card dispenser

I was thinking of making a gift card dispensing machine, activated by a magnetic switch. Any suggestions would be greatly apriciated.

Topic by Rye 10 years ago

24 volt motor run time

Hi all, We just finished a remote control lawn mower project that utilizes 2 24V wheel chair motors and two wheel chair batteries for drive power. The balde is powered by a gas engine. The unit weighs in at around 260 lbs and is used for some serious slope mowing. The issue I have run into is that I can only get about 1 hour run time before having to recharge. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to increase the run time without decreasing power? Thanks

Topic by real57vetteguy 5 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

How can i put an engine starter on my bike help!!

I have an engine starter from a car i bought off of ebay it was 15 dollars the owner claimed its 150cc. i rly dont care how much it is, i just want to put it on my bike, but i have no idea how i can change the belt drive from the motor to chain drive for my bike any suggestions?

Question by rubberman7 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Question about electric motor ratings

So, lucky me, I curb surfed a table saw last friday, I was going to part it, but my wonderful wife suggested that I could benefit from an extra saw. So deciding to fix it up, I looked over the motor rating, and was left with a question. The motor is rated at 1&1/2 Hp 110v 18 amps. So my question, When is it 18 amps? Start up? Running? Stall? I ask because my breakers are 20 amp, kinda close there for comfort, and no re wiring for 220 right now is not an option.

Topic by Tool Using Animal 12 years ago  |  last reply 12 years ago

McWire CNC controller wont function properly. Suggestions?

I built a McWire CNC controller and it won't function properly. I measured 19 volts at the A//B terminals when I sent a signal to the circuit via KCAM but I measured a constant 1.5 volts at B-/A- regardless of whether or not I sent a signal to it. I am pretty sure that I wired up the circuit correctly. The motor will "stiffen up" when I jog it with KCAM but it won't rotate. Any help would be appreciated because I am at my wits end with this thing. Thanks in advance!

Question by abadon 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Powerful e-bike (+ loaded trailer) motor. what would work best???

Thinking about power assist (speed following-). Thinking about making a powerful 3 wheel e-(bike-)trailer, with plenty amounts of space for car batteries, a motor, gears, etc. The front wheel is driven. I thought of:  1) electric power steering motor... 2) a 'strong' cordless drill motor  3) a starter motor  4) a threadmill DC motor 5) any suggestions???? What would work; what not???  (in the end, it depends a lot on what can be found & salvaged...)

Question by BobS 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Is there any way to add a clutch to a weed whacker that doesn't already have one?

I have a weed whacker that I am hoping to use for attaching to a bike (several instructables of others doing this are already on here) but I think it would best and safest if it had a clutch. Is there any way to add one or does anybody have suggestions on how to work around this?

Question by cavaliere 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 months ago