Electric Motor DIY

An electric motor is a device used to convert electrical energy to mechanical energy. Electric motors are extremely important in modern-day life. They are used in vacuum cleaners, dishwashers, computer printers, machine tools, cars, subway systems, sewage treatment plants, etc, and you can make your own at home! Here’s how:

Materials:

  • Copper wire
  • D battery
  • Magnet
  • Electrical tape
  • Scissors

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Step1:

Coil the wire around a battery about 30 times. Wrap the extended ends of the wire through the coil, securing the coils in place.

Step 2:

Carefully file the enamel off of the bottom half of the extended portion of the wire.

Step 3:

Secure one wire post to each end of the battery, creating a small U-shape to cradle the coil.

Step 4:

Slide a magnet onto the battery.

Step 5:

Place the coil onto the posts and give it an initial spin!

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Electricity will flow from the battery through the coil of wire. Moving electricity induces a magnetic field in the coil, which opposes the magnet half of the time, and is attracted the other half. Give it a flick and watch the electrical energy from the battery be converted into the mechanical spinning you see!

Written By: Mimi Garai

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