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Magnetic Pinball(day 3)

After all my tries tiding and untiding the copper around for two days, last one was dedicated more to make a playful device in which a lot of expectations were involved. There was a vague idea of what could be a coordination game in which tehoretically two persons could make levitate a neodymium magnet ball and be astonished by this effect. This could have theoretically happen if all coils could work at the same time or at least work continuosly. I had several problems to make things work with the coils, first of all because I didnt know how much sensitive was the isolation around and in that sense I didnt take care to drag them agains the floor, I didnt know it could happen so easy and were so sensitive to have some sections exposed due to be recycled material, and also most of the problems became when in this third day I had to fix the coils to an structure to make the distribution to play with them.

But problems aside, I had a very funny time learning about electromagnets, and I guess still was playing a lot the device even if it was only with the expectatives, was kind of “magic” to move things without touching.

I guess still there is a lot more work on the way, but was a great expeience.13461075_10209764738212792_1893342150_o


Magnetic Pinball(Day 1 & 2)

First attempt to work with electromagnets

After bad weather(no sun for sun powered devices) one of my two options to develop took the leading develop and I started to collect and manipulate copper to create coils for electromagnetic purposes… The idea is to create a levitating device with handmade everything. After first naive introduction into electromagnetic fields, the development before TIME IS UP point to make more a funny pinball controled by electromagnets than any complex weird and magic stuff.
I like to plug things and see sparks so that is how I spent my first day testing that magnetic fields are real and no so hard to create. Other thing is to control them, after trying to solve any of the maths from faradays law the test and error is going much more happily in this experiment, hopefully without any big damage to any borrowed device or hurting myself.

Thanks to all the bloggers of experimenters and fake videos I am on the row to get my first interactive electromagnet piece, is not that accuracy will be its main virtue but thats the funny thing to break the ice to experiment with electricity and get curious about interesting new technologies.

Thanks for the moral support and comprehensiveness from my crazy approach, something is getting done! Here some pictures few but shiny!