Thermodynamics is the branch of physics that is concerned with the relationship between heat and temperature and the ability to harness energy for work. Thermodynamic free energy is the amount of energy available to do work in a particular system. Given the third law of thermodynamics, however, that free energy isn’t unlimited; some is always lost as a result of entropy, eventually rendering the system inefficient and wholly useless.

The_Thermodynamics_Laws__an_OvJust because there is a law of physics, though, doesn’t mean that there aren’t efforts to overcome this tragedy of diminishing returns. The promise of a machine that can produce more energy than it consumes is an allure too strong to be resisted and has led to a myriad of efforts to create a free energy source that would finally liberate us from not only the need to use fossil fuels or nuclear reactors, but also would mean a significant reduction in our need to pay electric bills. The efforts to create such a creature are most often relegated to the fringes of science and regarded as pseudoscience by those in the mainstream, much along the same lines as alchemy.

Detalle_Motor_preview_featuredJose Luis, of Mundo Desconocido, doesn’t think we should be so dismissive of the possibilities for such a machine to be created. His latest YouTube video and a contribution to Thingiverse spell out his efforts towards the realization of free energy. He offers the video to the public with the following introduction:

“In our previous video about the creation of a source of free energy, we showed a design that we have created for the production of energy. Now, we are going to present this second part, we present a design which has been able to do just that. The system is capable of feeding itself, when we disconnect the initial source of energy, it is able to maintain itself. We have to continue perfecting it but we hope that when we are done it will create more energy than it consumes.”

DSC_0284_preview_featuredThe machine itself is 3D printed and consists of a series of 24 bobbin generators that operate above a spin motor that detects the passage of magnets used to enable a spring coil. The machine contains a total of 160 magnets which makes the whole contraption quite heavy. To counteract this weight, a belt of magnets was added that pushes each generator up causing each to hold a few grams in levitation when it is operating. In the video introducing the free energy source, Luis shows the initial injection of energy through a circuit with an device measuring the energy output. He then disconnects the external energy source and shows that the readings of the energy output remain stable.

Currently, the machine works for a total of ten hours but Luis seems confident that it can be improved upon to the point where once started it would never require further energy consumption. I’d be willing to pit the laws of physics against his bet though I have to admit that I have an inordinate fondness for Einstein’s most famous idea regarding the creation and destruction of energy.

Vista_Superior_preview_featuredLuis has released the files on Thingiverse so that the maker community can continue to tinker and improve upon this design and I would love to find out that I have been wrong. After all, a source of free energy would be of amazing benefit to humankind.

If it turns out he is right on this one, I’ll happily take another look at his ideas about aliens and conspiracies, though I have to admit those seem even more far-fetched that perpetually generated free energy.

Which do you think will triumph? The laws of thermodynamics or this 3D printed device? Join the discussion in the 3D Printed Free Energy Machine forum thread over at 3DPB.com.

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