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Making The Axletree Dynamo

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     The parts that are needed to create the Axletree Dynamo are listed below. The size ratio can be changed (kind of like a recipe) without affecting the ability for the machine to work.
     One shaft 17” in length, and 2” in diameter is used to hold the pistons. Four holes are drilled through the shaft. Each hole is drilled at 45 degrees of difference from the next nearest hole. Each hole should be drilled 2 1/2” further down the length of the shaft from the last hole. The final look of the shaft is like a rolling pin with both ends being smaller in diameter. These ends will fit inside of a stand that can be made anyway desired, just as long as the shaft of the wheel, and the magnetic bed can be attached to the stand. Two ball bearings will need to be glued into the stand, which the ends of the shaft will be placed into. This will allow for the wheel to turn with the least amount of friction.
     Four pipes (called 'pole' in the diagrams) 9” in length with the outer diameter being the same as the holes drilled into the shaft. These four pipes need to be glued into the shaft holes with equal lengths extending out from each end of the hole. Eight linear ball bearings will be needed, with each having a diameter equal to the inner diameter of the pipes. These ball bearings need to have the inner hole diameter the same as that of the piston rod diameter. Each end of a pipe will need to have a linear ball bearing glued into it. These eight ball bearings will allow the piston rods to move the length of the pipe with the least amount of friction. Linear ball bearings cause a movement that is back and forth in nature, whereas, the two ball bearings that the shaft fits into will create a movement that is circular. It is easier to glue the linear ball bearings into the pipes before the pipes are glued into the shaft.
     Four piston rods, 13 1/2” in length, are needed to go through the pipes and linear ball bearings on each end of the pipes. Eight bolts are needed, one to be glued to each end of each piston rod. This will keep the piston rods from coming out of the pipes and will also create a base to glue the magnets on. To each end of the piston rods glue a magnet. Eight magnets in total are needed. The magnetic poles that are facing out should all be the same as the magnetic beds inner curve polarization.
     This completes the construction of the wheel. The magnetic bed, as I stated earlier, needs to be a specifically created magnet that has it's strongest polarization on the curves of the magnet, and not the edges. Although the edges will also have a polarity to them, the important detail is to get the polarity of the circular edges correct. The key to the Axletree Dynamo’s success is creating a magnetic bed that has its energy flowing in the proper direction.
     The Axletree Dynamo concept is untried. My only premise here is that it works on paper. Even if it should fail in the field, this does not diminish the concept that we should be creating devices that use the eternal nature of the earth's forces. Developing renewable energy devices is the key to eliminating many of the physical hardships the human race currently suffers. Creating these devices will not be the greatest obstacle, no the most serious impediment will be generated by the money interests that have everything invested in maintaining the status quo. However, our libraries are filled with stories of Davids against the Goliaths. We thrive on the perils the underdog overcomes to win the day. And it is not only in fiction we require hope, we demand it to survive the darkness of societies uncertainties.
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