Building a Homemade Steam Engine

Via Argentine Modeling
I have found these instructions on how to build a simple steam engine that works quite well.

Motor parts:

  • The piston is turned on a bronze screw
  • The one-piece bronze cylinder that is used in gas that is hexagonal (one of the flats I use as the engine valve) of cylinder head use a copper coin soldered with tin
  • Use a piece of aluminum heatsink as a joint between the cylinder frame and the cylinder bracket.
  • A piece of bronze already finished with four faces that takes it out of an electrical terminal block is the piece that supports the cylinder and is in charge of feeding the cylinder with steam
  • A key that I take out of a gas cylinder for air conditioning as a stopcock for the boiler which I will control with a servo.

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They say that an image is worth a thousand words, here are a few:

Thanks to dione for bringing me this news in the forum.

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These gadgets are really worth seeing. You can find many more of these robots in Crabuf SteamWorks

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33 comments on "Building a Homemade Steam Engine"

  1. Hello everyone from Mexico.

    I find the article interesting, even so, for practical applications I recommend the use of stirling engines, there is a lot of information on the internet and videos on YouTube, including very detailed manufacturing drawings, these engines use the expansion of air when heating it and its compression when cool it to generate movement, some run only on solar energy for heating and are cooled with simple heat sinks.

    Greetings all.

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  2. hello I need you to help me with a job ...

    I have to make a homemade electric motor and I have no idea if someone can help me thank you

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  3. The photos and everything are beautiful, but there is no more information, you can see where the steam enters but where the pressure escapes, how the piston works, would it be possible to see more details, or the plans? I want to show my children this nice.

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  4. io I'm not from ikkaro but I'm on this website a lot. There are articles that are only for people to see how things are, not with detailed plans and everything you need. You look for it in google that there are many things, in this article we can see the materials and what can be done at home.

    if I don't ekivoko, of course 

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  5. PLEASE I'M TRYING TO MAKE A HOME-MADE STEAM ENGINE BUT YOU CAN'T SEE THIS ENTIRE ARTICLE PLEASE SEND ME THE DIRECTIONS OR A WEP PAGE WHERE I CAN SEE THANKS ebamzo @ hotmail: com

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  6. If you want to have the information it is very good you have to put in google kit 002 and you get everything like doing the steam train thank you bye

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  7. Hello everyone. I am making a steam engine but the piston does not have perfect compression because I have made it in a mold and it is not perfect. So I don't know if the compression it has will be enough and if not, where could I find a custom cylinder and piston?

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  8. Hi guys, my name is Pedro. Well, I have made a custom tin piston with the cylinder. The way to do it is very simple the compression is not perfect but it works. To see the cylinder that you are going to use, you have to measure the diameter and cut a piece of aluminum foil and join it as best as possible to the inner wall of the cylinder, another piece to cover one of the ends. To melt the tin I used an old saucepan over the fire, when you think there is enough molten tin to make the piston, put it in the cylinder and wait for it to solidify (without cooling it quickly) When it is cold, you remove the aluminum foil and take out the piston.
    At first it is a bit hard but hitting it at the end comes out I hope it helps you, see you later.

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  9. FRIEND, IF YOU LIVE IN VENEZUELA AND WANT TO BUILD A STEAM MACHINE, PLEASE CONTACT ME AND WE WILL BUILD IT IN LESS THAN THE FINGER HACK. TALE FOR THIS END WITH THE PRINSIPAL TURBINE AND I MANUFACTURE THE MINI BOILER WITH A POWER OF 450000 BTU PER CUBIC FOOT WE ARE NOT GOING TO INVENT ANYTHING EVERYTHING THIS INVENTED I HAVE FOR THIS END AMERICAN PLANS AND PHOTOS OF BISITAXIS ORIENTAL MOTORIZED BORISAR PICTURES NO PIECE I NEED BUT A FRIENDLY HAND WHO IS INTERESTED IN BEING SOMEONE FOR SOMEONE ATTE TULIO RENGIFO MY MOBILE 0058.0416-414-59-22 MY HOTMAIL TULIO4550@HOTMAIL.COM I HAVE OTHER PROJECTS SO THAT THEY CAN SUPPLY US MONETALLY I WILL NOT REPENT THAT I HAVE TALKED TO MIGO

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  10. Hi, I'm Alberto and I would like you to guide me as much as possible on how to build an engine you are talking about, which was made with a 500 cc aluminum jar. and I could run a small generator, for a science expo at school ...

    I thank you ,,, bye ...

    My email is albertoang2@hotmail.com

     

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  11.    It can be done by straining lead (making a wax model and making a negative in plaster and then you remove the wax by melting it, melt some lead with a tin in the kitchen, put it through a hole. Finally you let it cool and take it out.

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  12. My name Daniel I have a space in emagister of fans of minitrains

    In the constructive part, start with the cylinders, I already have them turned today 18-10-2011 we have founded aluminum with the purpose of serving as pistons. I will tell you about it, Daniel 

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  13. Hi, I'm from Spain, I'm interested in the technique and construction of a steam engine to make a small locomotive. Would you please if you can give me information, data and measures to build it, thank you very much. My email is ignacio2112@hotmail.com

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  14. The idea and the project are very good, until its realization I would say. The only thing that I think is just trying to give an idea, because there is a lot, a lot of information missing ... there are more ideas thrown by people who comment that by the thread of the web itself, the plans could not be completed?

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  15. Thank you for providing your knowledge, it is important to be empathetic, especially in this moment of dehumanization, what is needed is to democratize knowledge.

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  16. It is a relief to find someone who really knows what they are talking about on the Internet. It is clear that you know how to bring a post to light and make it educational. More people have to read this.

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