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Hard Drive Printable Tesla Turbine 3-Phase Generator

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Hard Drive Printable Tesla Turbine 3-Phase Generator by JoeMattie Jan 13, 2013
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This is a printable housing for a 3-phase generator driven by a boundary-layer effect turbine. The turbine is constructed almost entirely from scrap hard drive parts.


Works really well!

I will update this with instructions as time permits.

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Hi that is an verry coo design ,.. Question do you use the hdd motor for generating the energy ? If yes how much power do you get from 5v ? or more ? i am about to build an independent system and search for energy harvesting methods ,.. i did order tesla turbine plans over the internet they are ok but the generator stuff is an issue so any hint welcome thomas

Yes, I am using the HDD motor as a generator. Each phase puts out around ~9VAC when up to speed. I have not had a chance to rectify the power and run it through a dummy load to measure the current output.

hey joe, looks great!

how did you cut the holes in the platters?

I ended up taking the platters to a local machine shop and they used a drill press + rotary table.

;-) excellent, i have a few dead drives i've been looking to do something with!