Magnet HACK – High-speed Magnetic Levitation / Floating Magnets Dude!


Here’s a great demonstration of a levitating magnet with 2 high-speed rotating cylinders.

Maybe someone can take this idea further and make us some hoverboards please!

While working on science museum exhibits in 1990 I came up with the above idea: it is known that a spinning metal disk will lift and fling a strong magnet. Therefore, metal rods with opposite spin will lift a magnet but WON’T fling it sideways. It works! I used “sched-80″ heavy wall copper tubes about 1-3/8″ diameter, 12″ long, with 1/4″ wall thickness. I hammered aluminum plugs into the tubes, carved shaft-tips with a lathe, built endblocks and bearings, spun them with an AC/DC motor, and managed to levitate a stack of two 3/4” diameter neodymium magnets. The spinning tubes must move at about 5000 RPM before the magnet starts floating.

via hackedgadgets, amasci

One Response to Magnet HACK – High-speed Magnetic Levitation / Floating Magnets Dude!

  1. So do you think that is how Chris Angel and David Blaine do their floating tricks?

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