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In important point I'd like to make with projects like these (proposed "over unity"). I have seen a lot of these projects over the years, both on-line and in person. There are some real nut-jobs out there with a feeble understanding of physics and more belief than they have common sense. I can say with confidence that the majority of these hobbyist (and semi-pro) "over unity" projects are flawed on a number of levels.

Now, that being said, there is also a fevered witch-hunt to burn any heathen who doth extol the heresy of "over-unity" in any way, shape or form and that can hurt the spirit of innovation and honest experimentation.

Why do I care? Well, I too have a project knocking around my shop that aims to m
ake similar claims. Once I get my 3d printer (or use/rent someone else's) I'll be putting to plastic some ideas and maybe it will turn into something. Maybe not.

But here's a couple things I'd like to say to clear the air.

  • Nobody (except nut-jobs) is claiming violation of physical laws.
  • Th
    e vernacular use of the term "over-unity" refers to a state where a device generates more output energy that is required to maintain its operating state.

The reality is that there are more kinds of energy at work in these flywheel magnetic motor designs than just electricity. There is the kineti
c energy of the magnets and the apparatus itself, there is the "kick-start" energy "investment" like a starter charge or even spun by hand, there is of course the magnetic potential of the magnets and often clever circuitry to load-balance, pulse, polarize, time and even boost with capacitors. All
of these elements work together to make the output energy which is electricity. But the "working" energy is more than electricity. That's where the surplus comes from. The basic idea is that with the right design and calibration, you can catalyze the kinetic and magnetic potential of the apparatu
s with an "investment" like electricity to the point where minimal electricity is needed to maintain the ideal running speed. The magnets will generate electricity through induction, and if the design is right and the operating conditions are good, there's a point where the magnets are generating m
ore ELECTRICAL energy than is needed to maintain the rotational speed of the armature.