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How Motor Coils are Wound

How Motor Coils are Wound

For a motor to work, it needs tightly-wound copper or aluminum coils to generate a magnetic field when current is applied. This fascinating video from NIDE shows how their machines do the work automatically, first loading an armature, then rapidly winding copper wire around its fins.

Mini Chain-Link Fence Machine

Mini Chain-Link Fence Machine

We’ve seen how factories make full-size chain-link fencing by bending and twisting stiff wire. Now watch how it’s done on a much smaller scale. W&M Levsha created this custom machine that bends copper wire into the proper angles to make a mini fence. The weaving still needs to be done by hand though.

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Mephisto Spiral Illusion

Mephisto Spiral Illusion

This pair of stiff wires have each been bent into a spiral shape, then coiled together. You would think that pulling on their ends would pull them apart, but they don’t. Vsauce’s Jake Roper shows off this curious illusion and explains how it works. The Mephisto Spiral and other fun items can be found in The Curiosity Box.

The Wire Mustang

The Wire Mustang

Artist Conty Fonane spent more than seven months building this amazing life-size replica of a 1967 Ford Mustang GT500. The sculpture is made of stainless steel wire and aluminum tube and rides on rubber tires. It has a complete interior with seats and a working steering wheel, and the doors and hood open.

DIY Wire Marble Run

DIY Wire Marble Run

There are plenty of kits out there that let you build a tabletop marble run, but Daniel de Bruin shows you how you can build your own marble track using a spool of picture hanging wire, some solder, and a few household tools. Daniel previously built a room-size marble machine as a demonstration of how economies work.

Wire Sculptures

Wire Sculptures

UK artist Derek Kinzett creates incredibly detailed sculptural figures using precisely formed lengths of wire. His life-size human forms are pretty amazing, but we’re partial to the motorcycle.

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