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Frictionless UFO with Stand

by PrintTo3D, published

Frictionless UFO with Stand by PrintTo3D Nov 7, 2010

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Description

My original goal was to try to make this UFO levitate, but I know nothing about levitation with magnets, so I failed.

This is the end result for now.

Feel free to try to make this thing levitate or modify it.

UPDATES 11-8-10

VIDEO ADDED!
youtube.com/watch?v=1CZugRWv300

UPLOADED STAND WITH MOUTHPIECE.

Recent Comments

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That's awesome! Thanks for the links!

This is cool. If you use a diamagnetic material like bismuth or pyrolytic graphite, in combination with a strong magnet, you can do true levitation without active electromagnets. A video with a bismuth setup is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

A link about doing levitation with other diamagnetic materials is here http://www.physics.ucla.edu/ma...

A UFO docking station would be interesting! I have no idea or imagination as to what one would look like though! I only grabbed a paper clip because that is what was on my desk. I do have some push pins, but they are a bit sharp to push into the plastic. :-D

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Instructions

You will need a 3d printer, paper clip cut to length,and two 1/4" by 1/16" Neodymium magnets.

Blow on the one side or the other of the UFO depending on which way you want it to spin.

You can get them from
amazon.com/Earth-Neodymium-Magnets-Pieces-Applied/dp/B0012AUU84

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mattmoses on Feb 5, 2011 said:

This is cool. If you use a diamagnetic material like bismuth or pyrolytic graphite, in combination with a strong magnet, you can do true levitation without active electromagnets. A video with a bismuth setup is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

A link about doing levitation with other diamagnetic materials is here http://www.physics.ucla.edu/ma...

PrintTo3D on Feb 6, 2011 said:

That's awesome! Thanks for the links!

michaelc on Nov 11, 2010 said:

if you use a needle (or pin) instead of the paper clip part the contact area will be smoother and smaller, making for even less friction. Also it would be fun to make the "holder" look more like some kind of UFO docking station.

I am afraid levitation is impossible in this configuration without some kind of active electromagnet controlled by a position sensor.

PrintTo3D on Nov 11, 2010 said:

A UFO docking station would be interesting! I have no idea or imagination as to what one would look like though! I only grabbed a paper clip because that is what was on my desk. I do have some push pins, but they are a bit sharp to push into the plastic. :-D

dissidence on Nov 8, 2010 said:

cool cute little thing. 8-)

PrintTo3D on Nov 9, 2010 said:

Video has now been linked! :)

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