Create your own electrostatic motor using a 3D printer

While the wide range of 3D print-based DIY projects could keep anybody busy for the rest of their life, some of these projects aim to solve some of the more pressing problems that we’re dealing with as of late – such as climate change and energy usage.

With Elon Musk’s recent announcement of the new Tesla Powerwall, his call for action to find solutions for energy-related problems only became more apparent.

Among other alternative energy solutions, wind turbines have been a consistently reliable source of energy that have been around in some form or another for over 1,000 years.  While some of the earliest wind turbines were simple windmills for powering a single operation such as gathering water, today’s wind turbines feature state-of-the-art materials and technologies to ensure that they are a reliable supply of power for an electrical grid.  Regardless of what form they take on however, a wind turbine is simply a device that converts kinetic energy from the wind into usable electrical power for both domestic and industrial use – and can very easily be made by hand.

Thankfully, 3D printing has enabled a generation of makers to create their own wind-powered solutions whether the end result is a one-off for their own usage or if it’s a project that they have decided with the world of Makers.  Among other projects we’ve seen in recent memory include wind turbines, such as theHero Electronics Wind Turbine by Instructables use ‘Soliton’ that is capable of powering small appliances or charging smartphone batteries using nothing but wind power. … (read more)


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