Build a Windmill-Powered Music Box
I've built a little windmill that powers a music box. I set it up in front of my workshop, where it was entertaining the entire neighborhood. People really seemed to like it - quite many took photos of it with their smartphones and spent long time watching it and listening to it. Unfortunately one person liked it a bit too much and stole it during one night.
The windmill is built out of a couple of 3D printed parts and some soft plastic sheet material. The construction is relatively easy to replicate, so I decided to make a whole bunch of them, which will be shown as a large public art installation at KIKK Festival 2017.
Since I was already into mass manufacturing windmills during the past weeks, I also thought that it would be nice to have a new one for my street in order to replace the stolen one. When I was building that new windmill, I filmed myself and made a how-to video. If you also want to have such a charming device, you can now either visit my street at night and steal my new windmill (and make me sad) - or you can watch the video and make your own, which would actually make me happy!
|Amount||Piece||Purpose / Resource|
|1 Set||3D printed parts||Download from youmagine or from my server|
|1 Set||Paper templates||Download them here|
|1 Piece||Hand crank music box||This will make the music!|
|1 Sheet||3mm thick sheet material
(e.g. Forex, Alu-Dibond or Coroplast)
|For base plate and windmill blades|
|1 Piece||Hard sheet material
(e.g. a cutting board)
|Used as resonator|
|1 Piece||Driving belt
(worst case a long household rubberband will do the job)
|Connects windmill rotor with music box|
|1 Piece||4mm diameter steel rod (18cm long)||Used as axle for the rotor|
|2 Pieces||Ball bearings 26mm outside diameter, 10mm inside diameter, 8mm thick||Used for the rotor|
|2 Pieces||Ball bearings 13mm outside diameter, 4mm inside diameter, 5mm thick||Used to mount the base plate|
|5 Pieces||Short M3 screws (e.g. 10mm)||Used as set screws for the pulleys & to fix the music box on the resonator|
|2 Pieces||20mm long M3 screws & nuts||Used as set screws for the rotor parts|
|4 Pieces||Short M3 screws (e.g. 7mm)||Used to fix the music box on the resonator|
|4 Pieces||Long M3 screws (e.g. 40mm)||Used to fix the resonator on the base plate|
|12 Pieces||M3 nuts & washers||Used to fix the resonator on the base plate|
|14 Pieces||M4 x 20mm screws & nuts||Used to fix the wings on the rotor and the bearing mounts on the base plate|
|1 Piece||M10 threaded rod (70cm - 1m)||Used to hold the windmill|
|4 Pieces||M10 nuts||Used to lock the windmill on the threaded rod|
A few more photos
Here's the finished new windmill. As sheet material, I used recycled election posters (which were made out of Coroplast), because I thought that this would look funny. And I find it a pity that all this good sheet material is usually just thrown away after the elections.
My 80 year old neighbor Nauke also wanted to make a windmill for his terrace. I gave him all the parts and since he's quite handy and into building little things, he had no problems to assemble it in one afternoon.
I want to thank KIKK Festival for funding this project!
- Video on archive.org
- Album with hires photos of the windmills for KIKK Festival - includes the building process [all CC licensed for reuse]
- Album with hires photos of my neighbor Nauke, building his windmill [all CC licensed for reuse]
- Album with hires photos of the old and new windmill in front of my workshop [all CC licensed for reuse]
- 2D files (plans & templates)
- 3D files (Sketchup format & .stl)