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A DIY magnetic levitation vehicle to inspire future engineers

Zoe RomanoJune 8th, 2013

DIY maglev

Next to our Arduino booth at Makerfaire Bay Area we had a cool project created by Antipodes, a girls robotics team headquartered in Pacifica, California, USA. It’s a Do It Yourself (DIY) remote controlled (RC) model maglev with electromagnetic propulsion, or shortly called maglev.

A maglev is just like a conventional train but instead of wheels it has magnets and it levitates!

The team did a great job not only for the results achieved but especially in sharing the project’s documentation, detailed with all the steps for the construction through videos and pictures so that others can more easily follow in their footsteps.

DIY maglev


The maglev, which won the Maker Faire Editor’s Choice blue ribbon,  contains Arduino UNO, Arduino  Wireless Protoshield, plus many other components you can explore in their videos below and in the project page.


10 Responses to “A DIY magnetic levitation vehicle to inspire future engineers”

  1. Anders O Blomberg Says:

    Goin’ places!
    Cheers from Stockholm!

  2. Juke Says:

    Keep up!

  3. WigWag Says:

    Very cool project! impressed! Keep up the great work.

  4. Ivan Bylinkin Says:

    Definitely inspired! This looks fantastic 🙂

  5. Bob Paddock Says:

    Maybe a new generation will finally be inspired to get Halbach Array based MagLevs working?

  6. Gazza Says:

    Awesome. Now upscale it. Maglev sleds for people transport. ie Star Wars landspeeder floating on a hidden. Would make the drive, I mean glide, to work so much more fun. Do it.

  7. Sergio Says:

    Incredible! Wow !
    Really cool project ..

  8. Catar Says:

    @Gazza: The Germans tried it, but it didn’t work out.

    The French had a similliar project, but using something like a hover train, wich failed as well.

  9. Ron Says:

    Very cool.. girls, women go on…

    > @Gazza: The Germans tried it, but it didn’t work out.
    the technic works.. reasons why it “failed” are more pricing and social problems.. inform yourself better 😉

    in china its reality:

  10. Santosh reddy Says:

    nice project………its inspired…..

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