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DIY: How to Build a $1 Magnetic Motor With Some Screws


screw-magnetic-motorMagnetic energy isn’t really “free energy”, nor it harnesses zero-point energy, because magnets themselves are losing their magnetic ability over time, but that time is a very, very, very long one (someone said four hundred years).

Of all the topics in the alternative energy world, I liked the “Free Energy” part best. It’s not that I’m an absurd non-science, self-proclaimed geek, but I like to give a chance to new ideas of changing the world, and I still strongly believe we’re not being told everything.

Following this thought, magnets have always fascinated me (like I think they did to any science interested human), and I always had the sensation there’s more to them than just their capacity of simply attracting or repelling an object.

I remember once (I was about 8 years old) I struggled an entire day trying to understand why if I put one magnet on a small toy car this would only move only if I kept the other in my hand. The explanation came a few years later, when I rethought it.

What you are going to see in this video is nothing you don’t know. In fact, I urge any weird-science reader to try and make the device from the video below, respecting the pictured details. I’ll make it myself from a hard drive plate and a used scotch tape support. Let’s see how much time it works, and if it can be improved.

So, it doesn’t cost us  much to first test, and make theories after! I know some will say “it’s stupid, my high physics knowledge doesn’t let me try this thing”. When it comes to you to say that, think that you’re only limiting yourself from touching and convincing yourself one way or the other of the theory. Just don’t let it pass by you without a trial.

The magnetic motor video below is pretty amazing.

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  1. @Geoff Fritz  You are incorrect; there have been several working magnet motor prototypes put into production, as well as other types of electrical generators.  Ever hear of Nikola Tesla?  Hendershot?  Moray?

  2. @Beowulf  The theory would be more sound if the stator magnet could cause the field to fluctuate; the design I’m working on uses a rocker arm for the stator magnet so it will keep fluctuating and hopefully not regain equilibrium.

  3. @Geoff Fritz  Perpetual motion is a reality…the Earth has been spinning, in theory, for 4.5 billion years – how long before that is considered perpetual motion?  Also, the Second Law of Thermodynamics only applies to a closed system; a so-called free energy generator is an OPEN system, getting its energy from sources outside of itself without any extra input from the user.  These outside energy sources might be radio waves, sunlight, wind, the ether, temperature differences in the air…it doesn’t matter where, they are all around.


  4. hey stupids, your living on one, the earth has been spining around the sun for billion yrs magneticaly. one forgets that the field itself is in motion moving from pole to pole, a moving energy. disrupting it causes a reaction. properly disrupting it at a proper continues rate will cause motion. if this motion is controlled and directed. there is no reason why it could be a motor.   the powers to be dont want this as they want to sell oil/gas/petrol/etc to build there  empires from us. there are carberators that will get v8’s 200mpg but you’ll never see them on your car. wake up and smell the stench out there.   its time we all jump on the band wagon and discover new things and ways. magnetic motor, you’ll not find me say not posible, one just need to put those moving magnet field in motion the right way–bingo.

  5. I haven’t tried to make it, but can see a few pro’s and cons. Assuming the screws are to move “head first” they present a considerable surface to air, so the resistance against movement will increase with the speed. Either make a fan out of it, or apply a thin tube over the extremities of the screws. Over time, will the screws take up a polarity to defeat or improve performance? The section of the screws shown presents a small amount of steel to the magnets, would a pan-head screw be an improvement?

  6. Why would this website even show this as an example of a magnetic motor? It is a complete fake. I assume anyone who thinks it works has never tried to make it. I have, what a waste of time.

  7. Perhaps that is the beauty of magnetic motors. They don’t work in both directions. Therefore you won’t need reverse gear on a magnetic motor powered car. But you will need someone to push it.

    In a world driven by blind faith perhaps if we all pray then magnetic motors will work. Most folks say they can’t see why a magnetic motor wouldn’t work. Thus confirming once and for all why they will be gullible enough to buy shares in a start-up company.

    I just hope they remember these words. “Perpetual motion machines are powered by belief and stopped by reality.” Adam Peenum

  8. Dwyer, someone_else

    This won’t work because the principle used to build it is flawed. Why does the motor maker assume that the head of the nail/screw will be pulled in one direction only!
    It will come into an equilibrium position after a short while. You can try to build one yourself… The basic premise of the screw motor is screwed 🙂

    • Isn’t it a question of the proximity of the head, being a larger diameter, being nearer to the magnet than the point? Is the length of the screw in fact detrimental to the function?

  9. Dwyer,
    The flat earth myth started in the 1870’s. You should read up on it.
    People did land on the moon.
    This protype still is a fake and will never ever work.

  10. Fritz/Beowulf: Don’t forget to mention how the world used to be flat and how people never landed on the moon. This is already impressive that it sustains such a motion being such a premature prototype.

  11. bgung: The Wright brothers did not invent flying nor did they propose anything that was against the laws of physics. Critics at the time were ignorant of science and the physics of flying. Flight would have developed regardless of whether the Wright brothers were successful or not.

    This simple magnetic motor won’t work ever. How about you make one and see for yourself why magnetic motors are all doomed to fail?

  12. @geoff: thank god wrigth bros not listening such comment so now we can fly the air.

    nice work. but need more rpm i guess.

  13. Why bother with actually driving the car with this device, if it takes up lots more space and more years to develop? This just needs to be strong enough to actually charge the batteries of your electrically powered car, and you never need to plug it into the wall socket again.

    Revolution is happening right here! Good job!

  14. I tried your concept. It doesn’t seem to work. Do you have more details on how to build it? I may have done something wrong. Thanks

  15. This works very well for such a crude design.VERY WELL DONE. Now just think if u make this 4 times bigger put a small generator on it the energy taken can drive a small electric engine therefor help keep the motor going over the point when it wants to stop. Just thinking.

  16. Now imagine something like this only much larger… a tube about 3-4 feet long, 4-10″ in diameter with MUCH stronger magnets on both sides. The point when he moved the magnets closer and farther, imagine that being controlled by the “accelerator” or “gas pedal” to increase or decrease speed. Also make sure towards the front is a pulley to turn the alternator to make sure the electronics have 12V power. Magnetic car motor, transmission and transfer case optional but suggested, especially for AWD/4WD vehicles. At least to start it it may be easier to start with a front wheel drive car for testing.
    Remember that repelling weakens magnets where as attraction strengthens magnets until their limit. You may get 10-20 years from a “repelling” motor versus 100+ years from an “attracting” motor.

  17. it is working now what would be the way that the inertia of the cup be increased and the size of the magnets be also increased so that a belt can be attached to the generator and free energy could be gotten out as a result

  18. Great going, at least you got it to work. There is another motor similar to this on internet except the magnets are on the inside of the can. All magnets lined up and staggered on the can and on the rotor. I never could get it to work, other interests and you DO have to have the alignment off set perfectly.
    Have you thought about installing magnets in place of the screws with the poles reversed?
    Should be able to get some torque like that.


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