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Make: Technology on Your Time Volume 31 by Mark Frauenfelder

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MENDOCINO MOTOR

See photons turned into motion with this solar-powered, magnetically levitating electric motor.

BY CHRIS CONNORS

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Gunther Kirsch

image The Mendocino Motor floats in its own magnetic field and converts light into electricity and magnetism, which are then converted into the motion of the motor. It provides the satisfaction of creating an amazing bit of technology, and the opportunity to explore magnetism, electromagnetism, electric motors, solar power generation, and personal manufacturing.

Build the base that holds the magnets and provides ...

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