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Friday 23 July 2021

CD turbine



Yesterday I managed to print a simple turbine hub which uses CDs as blades and ballast. It balances on a screw or pin and can catch updrafts to turn because the CDs are sloped downwards making the centre of gravity lower than the supporting pin. For a while I had been thinking of this as a way to add extra decoration to the lamps I'm making . The turbine could swirl around inside or on the lamp and reflect the light in a pleasant way.

 I'm very pleased with the way this turbine came out, and we currently have it in the lounge room, rotating when the heater is on. I plan on making a mkII version, this will use an m10 grub screw as a centre hub and have an option for mounting on scooter ball bearings. Here is the video, hope you enjoy it!

Compared to other things I make, this is way simpler, requiring only a 1/2 hour 3d print on my Cetus printer. Sofar no glue, no nothing required to keep the cd's in place.


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Update August 13

Now the m10 grub screws have arrived in, and I have gone quite a bit further with this project, making me want to bolster the project with a few background photos.

Its possible that this Chinese Lantern flower

and small flower -inspired bowl had some influence on what I was doing, creating the pattern of overlapping cd's.

The cd assembly has optical qualities, creating 5 separate beams in the reflection, and

the downward slope of the cds makes a concave pattern, helping to focus the beams together.

Slightly less poetic, the bolts arrived!

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