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Amateur fusion isn’t quite a new fad. Online resources have been available since the early 2000s, and plenty of people have learned about or built a Farnsworth-Hirsch fusor for themselves. Philo T. Farnsworth (perhaps more famous for inventing TV) designed equipment that could fusion atoms together. Before anyone gets too excited, though, none of these designs look like they could ever produce any excess energy. It would be nice if fusion generators actually did exist, but we’re probably not going to see any in the near future. In the meantime, playing with fusion reactors might inspire a really clever design, so here are a few links on DIY fusion.
- Making your own fusion reactor is a reasonable project for someone with a lot of spare time and a few thousand bucks to buy various obscure supplies. There’s at least one open source group that’s been working on various fusor improvements for over a decade. [url]
- Building a nuclear fusion reactor as a 13yo kid must be some kind of a new world record. However, other teenagers have done it (e.g. Taylor Wilson), so aspiring 9 year olds have a science project to work on now. [url]
- Doug Coulter runs an online DIY engineering forum, and he’s built his own nuclear fusion reactor in his free time. He might be a crackpot, but if he can actually create an open source fusion generator, the whole world would certainly change very quickly. [url]
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