A Desktop flat 4 solenoid engine model popularised by the Porche Boxster with acrylic frame, flywheel and four solenoid pistons arranged horizontally on opposite sides of a common crankshaft.
The Flat 4 Solenoid Engine is completely electronically controlled. Piston (solenoid) timing comes from an electronic rotary position sensor on the main axle and the speed and power regulation comes from the small embedded CPU. This gives a wide range of running speeds, and reverse direction, adjustable with a pair of push buttons on the top of the motor to increase/decrease/reverse the speed.
The Flat 4 also incorporates a serial control interface, that allows for fine grained control over the operation of the engine. Using this interface for tuning the exact timing of the engine can be changed and the power increased compared to the stand alone settings.
It runs from a 12V supply or from the supplied 8 AA cell battery holder. The flywheel comes complete with M5 nut and bolt weights to aid smooth running. An LED indicates the solenoid output for each “piston” of the engine.
This is the complete kit, and comprises PCB, Acrylic Hardware, four Solenoids, bearings and a Battery box for 8 AA Cells (batteries not included). It makes a great desk toy, or as a teaching aid for any piston based engine class.
Please note: This Kit Contains small parts and is therefore not suitable for children under 5 years old. This kit does contain nuts 🙂