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HUMHAM, a testing session at Unibz, Free University of Bolzano.
HUMHAM, a testing session at Cristallo Theater in Bolzano.
HUMHAM, infographics. The simplified working principle used to generate electricity.
HUMHAM, functional energy data. These are some experimental data, measured during the final test with an electric load applied.
HUMHAM, a rendering of the final 3d model with colored bodywork. The digital 3D model was very accurate, almost identical to the final prototype, except for the missing external bodywork.
HUMHAM, energy wheel: rendering of the final 3d model. Internal metal structure without bodywork: the similarity with the final prototype is evident.
HUMHAM, energy wheel: rendering of the final 3d model. Detail of the structure: the support wheels are exactly the ones used in the first prototype.
HUMHAM, contruction phase. The metalsmith at University of Bolzano metal workshop, Albert Kofler, welds the round beams for the main structure.
HUMHAM, one of the contruction phases at the University workshops. One of the bent circular beams forming the wheel is being formed.
HUMHAM, one of the contruction phases at the University workshops. The square section circular beams, have been welded together to form the wheel structure.
HUMHAM, assembling detail. The square section circular beams are being prepared for cutting and welding.
HUMHAM, assembling detail. The square section circular beams are being prepared for cutting and welding: in this phase the more delicate thing was to make two identical circles.
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HUMHAM, energy wheel (fun educational ride) | CRISTALLO THEATER

HUMHAM is a "human operated energy generating wheel", made to sensitize people to energy costs. Thought together with my students and the group "Officinadellenergia", then I engineered and built it in the workshops of Free University of Bolzano. It was protagonist of an event at the Cristallo Theater - which financed either the event and the prototype materials - in Bolzano.

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Gianpietro Gai
senior product designer Valdobbiadene, Italy