For my final project, I want to make something that has a major engineering aspect to it. If possible, I want to incorporate metal into the design, but I know that’s going to be pretty difficult since most machine shops are pretty tough to access right now. If not metal, I will definitely plan on using wood/PLA. For the dynamic requirement of the project, I plan on having something that can rotate(for the turbine) and flow(for the fountain). I also want the project to have a functionality requirement on top of an aesthetic requirement, meaning I want the project to be able to have some functional use. These are some of the ideas I have about what projects I want to do.
- Small-scale wind turbine
- Water fountain using 3D printed parts
Small-scale wind turbine:
For this project, I am planning on purchasing an old DC motor(preferably one that has high torque) and attaching a few blades to the shaft of the motor, and connecting the power generated by the DC motor to a battery/power source to see how much power can I get out of it. I could either buy a DC motor separately, or I was thinking about purchasing a used ceiling fan and taking apart the DC motor and maybe modifying the blades to create a folded turbine blade design. Although this sounds easier, most likely, I won’t be able to use the blades that come with a ceiling fan due to their weight and bad design. I will try to find the blades on a different small fan that are plastic but if that is not possible, I plan on cutting(or 3D printing, if possible) the design of the blades out of some plastic material.
This project has not been as refined for me as the turbine but the main premise of the project is to use a buy a water pump and attach it to a water fountain that is 3D printed. In this project, I am able to focus more on the aesthetic portion since there are so many designs I could go with for the base of the fountain and I could probably add lights around the fountain(or add color die to the water) to make it suit an aesthetic. Motor  Turbine  Fountian  CoverImage