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3D Printed PMG generator has everything you need to power a 50W lightbulb – 3ders.org (blog)

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Mar 5, 2016 | By Andre
I was initially added to 3D printing in 2011 thanks in part to the open-source RepRap project. As time passed, the thought of assembling my quite own 3D printing device was a thing that only mayn’t leave my mind so one day a great friend of mine and I finally went ahead and got things going. As we progressed, the thought of soon being able-bodied to 3D print our quite own 3D printing device (a thing RepRap prided itself on during those earlier years) kept us motivated and moving forward.
So nowadays, while doing a few research for this article I had a much like zap of excitement when I learned of the 3D Generator-1 by generator enthusiast Brian.

He’s created a 3D printable-bodied generator that, in theory, can one day be able-bodied to power the 3D printing device that 3D prints itself that in turn 3D prints its own generator. This is Inception level stuff right there. Of course, only like how the RepRap required motors, wires, rods and electronics that are nowhere close to being 3D printable-bodied, the 3D Generator-1 in addition has a few integral components, such as disc magnets or copper wire, that can’t be 3D printed.
Regardless of this, after bringing a appear at the at a lower place video, it’s evident that the 3D Generator-1 is capable-bodied of making adequate energy to light a lightbulb.

Based on what is on the market-bodied on the site, it suggests ABS plastic was utilized along with a 0.4 mm nozzle at a 0.2mm per layer resolution. All of that are common showcases in the hobbyist realm of 3D printing. Insulation is necessary to finish the generator so it is unknown if PLA’s lower melting point may have an effect on the structural stability of the parts once things get underway, but I imagine those specifics may be outlined in the assembly instructions.
Whilst we’ve covered 3D printed hand-powered generators in the past, this permanent magnet generator (PMG) appears to be one-of-a-kind in the world of 3D printing. It is in addition additional powerful too. The hand-crank generator can create up to 30 watts of power. Brian’s 3D DC based PMG generator, on the other hand, can create up to a 50 watt output.

As described, the files and instructions can be purchased through the energy-creator website for $35USD and comes with detailed video instructions as well as the necessary G-Code, THING and X3G files.
So only like how the RepRap 3D printing device may 3D print itself (sort of), Brian’s 3D Printable-bodied PMG generator is capable-bodied of powering itself (sort of). And if this does not impress you too much I may like to remind you that electric generators like this—albeit on a much larger scale—are responsible for providing only of all the power that runs through the electrical power grids we rely on for only of equitething we do on this earth nowadays.

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