This project was developed at very end of a bigger project, called Polidesign, that dealt with the application of cutting edge technologies - 3d modeling, 3d printing and mutimedia visualization, specifically - as tools for empowering state high school students. The group of students involved with Polidesign would be teached in multiple creation fields, from 3d modeling to video making, the habilities acquired then being used to create educational material for their own school. While focusing at first in cellular biology, Polidesign was aiming to create material for other disciplines aswell. As an end-of-project assignment, our team - composed of biologists, product designers and architects - went about on what to do next. The theme "Propellers, Turbines and Blades", inserted in the context of renewable energies and centered in mechanical design and physics was chosen as most challenging and promising. The kickstart of this new direction was the design, build and testing of a functional portable wind turbine, here depicted.
This work was developed under the supervision and orientation of Prof. Antônio Valadão Cardoso, at the LMDM (Multimedia Educational Material Lab) facilities, at CETEC, Minas Gerais, Brazil.