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#CatchTheWind. Wind turbine

by plaszlonet Jul 23, 2015
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First of all, perfect model! I have printet the hub and nacelle parts but is not capable to find the cover parts for the generator. I have found upper cover part but as I see, there is no screw holes or bolt holes. But where is the lower cover part? I have bought the generator - so a am excited to let the turbine run for the first time.

Any tips on which direction to print these? And which parts may need supports?

what percentage infill do you recommend?

Some parts need support, that is up to printer, material, and direction of print. It's not a hard print just takes ages, good luck, happy printing :)

Started printing the cone and it seems I must use support.Failed to create the overhangs...

All blade-parts printed so far.

This looks like it would be a really fun project to work on with my kids. The question I have is, once you have it all put together and generating the voltage, what do you do with it? Do you have to get a bunch of gear to make the electricity useful? If so, what kind?

that is up to your imagination, first u need a charging unit and a small battery whit a rectifier and you can attach garden lights or charge your phone or use the energy to air your fish pond .....have fun mostly

Hello ! Thank you for sharing this great wind ,
What is the diameter of the wind turbine ?
Is it working if there is little wind ?
And finally, is that the dynamo has a resistance when it turns ?
Sorry for my English :)
thank you !

dia is 1 meter, not sure on wind speed, the dynamo does have a bit of resistance u need moderate wind, hope it helps :)

to stephanheinemann full description http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:911735
can u post some pictures when ready pls

Wind Turbine #CatchTheWind.

Thanks a lot for your design. I am currently assembling everything and was wondering what parts you used for the yaw bearing?
I was thinking a bike headset or something similar?

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Looks like a fun build. I'd much rather print this than buy a diy kit.
Any UV damage from the sun after a few months being that you used PLA?
Where did you source the generator from? Not sure if the hub sizes for the bike generators are typically close enough that your design will accommodate others.

hi Grenglund,
UV damage not yet :) I live in the UK mostly cloudy. You can still paint it to give a bit more protection to it.
In the description I got the exact model for the generator but here is a link from where I bought it, not the best on customer service, so if you find it somewhere else go for it. Happy printing :)