Magnetic Levitation

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Contributors: Alex the Giant
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Introduction

Let there be light! In this tutorial we'll build a basic magnetic levitator. This guide will go over some of the theory, how to use a magnetic field sensor, and how to use one to build a basic levitation circuit. Finally, we'll go a bit further and build a wireless power floating light.

Required Materials

To follow along with the examples in this tutorial you will need the following materials:

The other parts used that we don't carry are:

  • Analog Hall Effect Sensor
  • 1N5401 Diode
  • 1mH Inductor

Required tools

The tools needed for this project is a multimeter and soldering iron, but having access to an oscilloscope will help with testing as well.

Digital Multimeter - Basic

Digital Multimeter - Basic

TOL-12966
$14.95
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Soldering Iron - 60W (Adjustable Temperature)

Soldering Iron - 60W (Adjustable Temperature)

TOL-14456
$14.95
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Tool Kit - Screwdriver and Bit Set

Tool Kit - Screwdriver and Bit Set

TOL-10865
$9.95
6

Suggested Reading

If you aren’t familiar with the following concepts, we recommend checking out these tutorials before continuing.

How to Solder: Through-Hole Soldering

This tutorial covers everything you need to know about through-hole soldering.

How to Use a Breadboard

Welcome to the wonderful world of breadboards. Here we will learn what a breadboard is and how to use one to build your very first circuit.

How to Use a Multimeter

Learn the basics of using a multimeter to measure continuity, voltage, resistance and current.

Introduction to Operational Amplifiers with LTSpice

Picking up where we left off in "Getting Started with LTSpice," we delve a little deeper into LTSpice through an introduction of Operational Amplifiers (OpAmps).