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Hey guys, this is incredible.
I was working on a design for a Perpetual Motion Device (PPM) based on magnets and I came across your site. My design was altogether different from yours, but I was searching on magnets and found your site. Well, since I had a workshop FULL of magnets, I decided to try and build a Permanent Magnet Motor for myself.
I thought it would be difficult to get the magnets aligned correctly, but it was quite simple in fact. I spent about 30 minutes tops arranging the magnets.
My design called for two thin sheets of Plexiglas cut into 36 inch circles. I mounted bearings to each, and mounted them on an axle.
I took two curved sheets of Velcro, and attached them to half of each wheel. I glued the other side of the Velcro to the sides of each magnet. This would allow for easy repositioning of the magnets. I then sandwiched the magnets between the sheets of Plexiglas, to add to the Velcro's strength in holding them in place.
I weighed the magnets, and added weights of equal weight to the other side of the wheel, to balance it.
After a few lockups and magnet repositioning, it did start to spin and spin strongly! It's pretty impressive.
Anyway, I then bought a simple 6-volt light generator for a bike at Wal-Mart and started to power all sorts of things. I want to find a small 12-volt generator, so I can power practical 12-volt items which are widely available. I'm hoping, quite soon, to be able to power most electrical items in my house from generators running off these things.
This invention is HUGE! How come you guys are not more popular?
The laws of thermodynamics state that you can't get more energy out of a closed system than you put in to it.
(I will be posting a small conceptual video tomorrow by the way)
Well firstly i will be using neodymium as they are high power and fairly cheap.
To gain the maximum torque i will likely not be using ball bearings, but a liquid-based drag reducer, but i will get a professional opinion on which would be the best.
The shell and supports will be made out of non magnetic material, whether that be some kind of strong plastic or simply non magnetic metal.
The finished prototype will have two sets of rings; each angular section you can see will be a separate magnet; there will be spacers between each.
As for the weight, see, this is why i was leaning toward using as much plastic as possible, for weight reduction, but the base would have to be either weighted or screwed down, as it will likely vibrate a lot.
Lastly G+S the power. Obviously i cannot say how much power will be produced, but if its not sufficient to power many external devices "live", then i will look into firstly increasing torque, and if all else fails it will have a storage device that it would charge up overnight for example.
In all honesty im an inventor (no thats not a full time job ), im not an electrician so electronics isnt my forte. I have a good friend however that is collaborating with me on the electricity generation and storage etc. Im just building the device itself and focusing on the workings of the PMM. Storing or utilising that kinetic-potential energy comes later.
EDIT: oh sorry and specification/custom parts; I will be working with my father, who is an expert in engineering, metalwork etc. (as he works in those fields) and has access to the neccessary machinery to build parts for a working prototype.