How do I build the stuff I think of?

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  1. Klippymitch Thinker Registered Senior Member

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    I sometimes get thoughts on better way on doing things.

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    But I want to prove to myself first that it is greater.

    I have an idea for a new type of wind generator. I dont know if it will work or not. What's a great way to test this?

    I need a material that is strong, light, and windproof. Is carbon fiber the best? Is there anything cheaper?
     
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  3. nietzschefan Thread Killer Valued Senior Member

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    Are you the jackoff that once phoned me, when I worked for GE Energy and told me the great idea of putting windmills along the highway to generate power from air pushed to the side of the road by cars?
     
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  5. Read-Only Valued Senior Member

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    There are no shortcuts, if that's what you're hoping for. First, spend a few years studying mechanics and structural engineering and THEN just build the thing.

    Or, you can just go for broke and try building it anyway - just be prepared for lots of very expensive falures if you decide to go that route. It's very difficult to outsmart the professionals at that game.

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    (They have a tremendous head start by already knowing what's available and what's likely to work or fail.)
     
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  7. allisone417 i'll be in my room Registered Senior Member

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    build tiny models. Test them. Or better yet, pull a Tesla and test the thing in your head. If it works, draw it, prove it mathematically sound and convince someone to fund you.
     
  8. MacGyver1968 Fixin' Shit that Ain't Broke Valued Senior Member

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    I get alot of ideas for things...generally I will try to "build" them in my mind, then I make rough sketches of parts I would need. I usually can tell if something is feasible by then, or just a pipe dream.
     
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    In your situation the only possibillity might be to get somesort of rich developer interested in your ideas.
    That probably means you have to hand over the idea though.
    It seems obvious, however, that your chances will be slim of finding such a person.
     
  10. Klippymitch Thinker Registered Senior Member

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    Yeah, but I really don't want to be giving out ideas for free. (yes paranoid)

    I can build it in my head but I really don't know the full effects of this new type of wind catcher. I did make a mini model of a previous model using paper and a small piece of wood and held it lightly by the fan. It didn't do what I thought it would but it would still create energy.

    I thought about it some more and now I am improvising on my last idea.
     
  11. Klippymitch Thinker Registered Senior Member

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    That wasn't me, but I have thought about it. lol

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    Not the actual calling part but the idea.
     
  12. draqon Banned Banned

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    make a 3D model in Catia V5 ehhhemtorrentsearchehhem

    than choose which parts are to be made of what...just choose plastic and order this online...stereolithography to be exact.

    http://www.redeyerpm.com/OvernightBuild.aspx

    They will Print your 3D model by parts using powder which will than be fused together to create your model and than this will be sent to you.
    They offer overnight service. or use regular service: http://www.stratasys.com/

    Have fun!
     
  13. Klippymitch Thinker Registered Senior Member

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    Awesome.

    Now is there a similar site for metal as well?
     
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    Good point.

    My ideas are pretty simple ,except a little math is needed, but the thoughts and concepts behind the idea are simple. Someone might have even already tested this technique and is proved it to be ineffective or inefficient against the current Market.

    I think it's the "what if?"? that gets me every time.

    Just the thought of making some breakthrough in science makes me feel good. As long as I have this thought I will be messing around with the "What ifs?".

    But it's also a bad thing because if I don't fulfill at least one "What if?" successfully within my life time. I will feel like I have failed us for not allowing us to take another step.
     
  18. darksidZz Valued Senior Member

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    That's a fantastic idea!
     
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    next time engaged in a conversation with a FEMALE you should mention this idea you have dark...she may think you are brilliant! lol
     
  21. Klippymitch Thinker Registered Senior Member

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    Just out of curiosity I checked You-tube and found my original design(My previous idea.) already built

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    I couldn't get it to work using a peice of paper a stick and tape. The fan would blow too hard and deform the figure. So I thought what the hell why isn't this working? lol And came up with another idea totally different that works by the somewhat the same process.
     
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    The Darrieus wind turbine is a type of wind turbine used to generate electricity from the energy carried in the wind. The turbine consists of a number of aerofoils vertically mounted on a rotating shaft or framework. This design of wind turbine was patented by Georges Jean Marie Darrieus, a French aeronautical engineer, in 1931.

    Unlike the more common type of generator which uses a propeller, the Darrieus generator rotates around the vertical axis rather than the horizontal one, and is thus referred to as a vertical-axis wind turbine or VAWT. Conventional propeller-based systems are known as a horizontal-axis wind turbine, or HAWT, although typically only when referring to VAWTs. The vertical arrangement has several advantages, notably the generator can be placed at the ground for easy servicing, and the main supporting tower can be much lighter as much of the force on the tower is transmitted to the bottom.

    The Darrieus type is theoretically just as efficient as the propeller type if wind speed is constant, but in practice this efficiency is rarely realised due to the physical stresses and limitations imposed by a practical design and wind speed variation. There are also major problems to protect Darreus turbine in extreme wind speeds and make is self-starting.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darrieus_wind_turbine
     
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