Frictionless UFO with Stand

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Frictionless UFO with Stand by PrintTo3D Nov 7, 2010

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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




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.

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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=hnbfGaqNvjUhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

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

That's awesome! Thanks for the links!

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.

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

cool cute little thing. 8-)

Video has now been linked! :)