A Minato Wheel -Unfortunately it does not
appear to work in is present configuration. More testing to come.
His website is http://fdp.hemsida.net/
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A minato Patent 4,751,486
A 'turntable'-model, to test the principle.
The magnet are
placed so that it 'looks good', no geometrics here.
This construction will hold a magnet attached to the wheel.
idea does not really look like the result, but the construction time
material need is importantly less then the original design.
This construction will hold a magnets in the right position.
picture show the notes which I made after creating the geometric model.
notes will be translated and published.
The last pictures on this line show
the 'bridge' construction which will hold the magnets in the right position from
This shows how the wheel is build in a wooden
The last pictures shows how interesting it is when daddy build his
machine and tries to make a picture of it....
An ordinary speed clock to show if the wheel if gaining or
loosing speed.The Completed Wheel
Second attempt at a new wheel
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I couldn't get the Minato wheel from my
mind and build a model after I had received a lot of tips from people
reading your site. The wheel diameter is 1000 mm , 48 magnets (and
48 counter weights)
One picture (parts.jpg) shows the magnets I
use and the the parts in a counter weight.
I tried with several big magnets to get it
working but it's not spinning. The wheel moves a bit BUT IN THE WRONG
DIRECTION. Other people who has build this motor have good results but not
me. The balancing is perfect. The weight is minimal. Maybe I live at the
wrong side of the globe.