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  • Magnetic Plane Connectors

    Bob is working on a submarine from the movie League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, the Nautilus.
    In the discussion, there was mention of narrow hull (I was not careful in reading) and thought that was why he was not going to put some planes in. That got my mind cranking (lots of clattering and noises to get it started - LOL), but I though of magnets.
    Here was the Crayon drawing:
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    Then I went to Fusion360 and drew out my idea.
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    Then printed it to test.
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    I like this enough to try it on a boat. The hold is better than I thought, however as I was drawing this out I put in a semi circle lip the would minimize slippage. In this prototype it is too small to be effective, but I can expand it if needed.





    If you can cut, drill, saw, hit things and swear a lot, you're well on the way to building a working model sub.

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    I like it a lot, and provided there is not a lot of binding in the control surfaces, this should work well. If there is a significant amount of resistance, however, the magnets will quite easily pull out of alignment and pop free. The lateral force they exert is nowhere near what they can exert in a direct line.

    If you've got a limited area to work in, this could be the ticket.

    Nice work.


    Bob

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    • #3
      Bob, Thank you. I put a semi circle (which is not big enough on this iteration) that is on the pushrod. It will "hold" that lateral sliding if there is a resistance. I will modify this one to test out. That being said, there is a lot of attraction as it is - surprisingly.
      Peace,
      Tom
      If you can cut, drill, saw, hit things and swear a lot, you're well on the way to building a working model sub.

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      • #4
        Tom,

        What material are you using to fabricate the control horns on this set-up! WOW! Your the man, it looks great!

        Rob

        "Firemen can stand the heat" (A prayer today for LA Firemen)

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        • #5
          Rob, this was printed on a Formlabs Form3 using their grey photopolymer. Thanks! When I get a thought in my head, I just have to wrestle through with it. It it helps someone, yeah!
          If you can cut, drill, saw, hit things and swear a lot, you're well on the way to building a working model sub.

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