How to build an HexaLifter for your experiments
by Jean-Louis Naudin
Cliquez ici pour la version Française
Created November 25, 2002 - JLN Labs - last update April 29, 2003
Toutes les informations et schémas sont publiés gratuitement ( freeware ) et sont destinés à un usage personnel et non commercial

All informations and diagrams are published freely (freeware) and are intended for a private use and a non commercial use.

You will find below a detailled diagrams which explains you how to build yourself a 40cm wide Hexagonal Lifter for your demonstrations and your experiments.

Required material :

- A light weight balsa wood board ( 15/10 mm thick ). You will find balsa wood board in any RC Hobby shops,
- a kitchen aluminum sheet ( 12 µm thick ),
- a thin copper wire ( 1/10 mm diameter ) extracted from a simple multiple wires power grid cord,
- a tube of cyanoacrylate universal glue,
- a hobby knife ( a cutter with a sharp and brand new blade ),
- a stripper ( Conrad Ref: 0229 458-30 ),
- a 50 cm ruler,
- a wooden plate ( 50x50 cm at least ) as your working surface,
- scotch tape,
- a paper pen.

Construction time : about 2 hours

Cost : about 1.5 Euro...

It is very important that the aluminum sheet covers completly the balsa wood stick.

The +HV electrical connection detail ( the wire is fixed with cyanoacrylate glue )

The HexaLifer is maintained with three thin nylon wires to the styrofoam base plate.
The styrofoam base plate 500x500mm wide and 3 mm thick has no effect in the working principle of the Lifter,
the plate is used to carry and the storage of the HexaLifter.

The HexaLifter works very well with the 30KV DC power supply presented in this site ( click here to see the diagram )

Demonstration of the HexaLifter ( in French )

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Click on the picture to see the video ( 793 Kb )

Good experiments and demonstrations...

Jean-Louis Naudin
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