Simen Svale Skogsrud has posted a remarkable bit of laser cutting on the Thingiverse website: a working Air Vane Motor. I just love how simple the thing is.
Watch a video of the motor in action here.
This kind of project really excites me because it is a dynamic object, and it is really addressing the problem of driving small scale laser cutting towards more complex and functional applications, both of which are quite unusual to see. Plus its a cool mechanism!
There appears to be a burgeoning community of makers on Thingiverse, posting and remixing each other’s designs, many of which, like this one, aren’t complete products by any means but the building blocks towards other things. Quite literally in the case of wizard23’s Parametrized Lego Bricks, for 3D printing. Indeed, Thingiverse user Matt has already posted a 3D printable version of the Air Vane Motor.
Another of may favourite things about this one is Simen’s motivation for the thing:
After seeing some kids playing with a little air plane powered by compressed air from a soda bottle, I decided to see if I could make a laser cuttable version of such a motor.
Simple, straightforward and playful!
via Thingiverse blog