Make Your Own Electric Motor with Buckyballs (Video)

buckyballs electric motorGraham Nash/Video screen capture

Buckyballs,are remarkable little things. The powerful magnets are great to play around with, and it turns out you can do all sorts of things with them- including make your own miniature electric motor. That's what Graham Nash did, and you can give it a shot as well, thanks to his video tutorial.

Nash describes the project as difficult, but from watching the video (read: not actually trying it) it doesn't look all that complicated to me. There's no in-depth scientific or technical knowledge involved, it just takes time, patience, and some skill with your hands.

All you need is a set of 200 Buckyballs (which you can buy online), the magnet from a levitating pen (also available online), some copper wire and a battery. The little motor itself won't power too much, but it's a great starting point for a larger project.

Nash's YouTube channel also features a desktop fan, a flashlight and a little cannon, so there are plenty of ways to build on the experience of this simpler project.

Make Your Own Electric Motor with Buckyballs (Video)
Using buckyballs, you can make your own little electric motor.

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