This week we worked on and completed the rotor (minus the hub). Here you can see the progress of the work.
Painting the frame Fluxxlab pink
Drilling holes into the frame and attaching with screws and epoxy the 48 iron plates that hold the magnets to the frame.
The jig that we used to place the magnets on the rotor (trying not to get hurt!)
Placing the magnets on the rotor plates.
Up close detail.
After visiting upstate New York to discuss the Revolution Door project with two DIY windmill makers (using axial flux generators) by the name of Steve Spence and Jim Juczak, we have have begun a new prototype that we believe will produce more power and allow more visibility of the parts for display - an important aspect of our design.
We will be exibiting this prototype, with an enhanced version of the door display for two of Eyebeam’s upcoming exhibtions Beyond Lightbulbs: Feedback Preview, and Beyond Light Bulbs: FEEDBACK. We are also assisting Eyebeam in the design of the exhibition space.
Here are some images of the recent work:
Using the laser cutter to cut out peices of the rotor frame
Masonite cut out to be laminated with multiples to make the rotor
Gluing the masonite parts together for laminated frame
Clamping the glued frame together to dry
Cutting out 2″x 1″ iron peices long flat plate. These plates will be used to attach the magnets to the rotor frame.
Drilling holes in the plates to attach to the rotor frame.
Countersinking the holes for the screws so that the magnets sit flat on the plate.