Pelton Wheel Design v1.1

by CupricReki, published

Pelton Wheel Design v1.1 by CupricReki Nov 4, 2012


This is a 12 paddle wheel designed for low head, low velocity flow. Very light and efficiently designed. Parts are modular and snap together.

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Well it depends on what material you print with. I used a Stratasys 3D printer with their proprietary ABSPlus material. With that material, it was plenty strong, at least for our tests! I've not tested it with regular ABS.

Have you tested it under load? I find it really hard to imagine the snap-on design can bear the force exerted upon the spoon when the axle is under the resistance of a loaded generator.

How did the competition go?

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Needed - 1 inner wheel, 12 paddles.

STL and solid works parts are included. If you have any suggestions for improvements, I would be happy to make them.

The paddles snap into position.

Model has been printed and tested successfully. Pictures to come.


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matrhint on Nov 4, 2012 said:

I am always pondering water wheels and really like the pelton wheel configuration. Your design is awesome! The snap together design simplifies the building as well as the printing.What software did you use to design this? It looks great.  

CupricReki on Nov 4, 2012 said:

I'm glad you like it! The paddles are designed to snap together to allow changes to be made without adding a lot of expense. I used Solidworks to design the model.