Coil Winding Machine

From:  Scott Cutler [SMTP:spcutler-at-ucdavis.edu]
Sent:  Monday, June 01, 1998 2:38 PM
To:  Tesla List
Subject:  Re: Coil Winding Machine

>Anyway, last time I wound the secondary it took me about a week to wind the
>kilometre or so of fine wire onto the bucket. This time I would like to
>automate the process. Anybody have any ideas about how I could do this? I
>can get access to a lathe but I dont really know how to set it up to wind
>the coil - any advice? Has anybody out there built an automated coil
>winding machine?
    Someone has built a computer controlled winding machine, and has a web
page for it.  Unfortunately, I can't find the URL at the moment.  Perhaps
someone else on the list knows what it is?
    I used a sewing machine to wind my 4"x18" coil.  It worked quite well, I
put about 900 windings on in less than 10 minutes.  I simply taped one end
to the hand wheel on the machine, and made a makeshift spindle on the other
end.  I used my fingernail to keep the windings pressed tight, and my other
hand to guide the wire.  The variable control lets you get a slow start, and
then go to a high speed once things are winding well.

Scott Cutler