Mendocino Motors: Build Your Own!

Mendocino motors use four solar cells and three magnets to generate their rotation. Bill May has been improving his motor design at TechShop for months. He has laser cut the acrylic, experimented with different wire wrapping, and found the right magnet balance to get it running as smoothly as possible. He is currently looking for internal battery systems to make the motor self-sustaining. Keep an eye out for his Make Your Own Motor workshop at TechShop coming up this summer.

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