Cut-away Maxon motor RE 16

 © Technisches Museum Wien, Photo: Peter Sedlaczek
Collection Area
Energy & Mining
Electrical Engineering
1990 - 1999
Small but mighty! There is a wide range of possible uses for DC motors, not just in space.

This cut-away model from the collections of the Technisches Museum Wien (Vienna Technical Museum) shows a newest-generation DC motor. The air-core rotor with its rhombus-shaped windings increases efficiency to almost twice that of standard motors. The use of cutting-edge materials, such as neodymium magnets with extremely high power density, noble-metal brushes and high-tech ceramic shafts permit the construction of the smallest possible and most efficient motors.

When NASA's ‘Sojourner’ rover, equipped with 11 Maxon motors, landed on Mars on 04.07.1997, these DC motors became familiar to a wider public. But also here on Earth, there is a lot to do for tiny motors, such as in medical technology, industrial automation, in automobiles and aircraft, in metrology and safety engineering and in robotics.

Many thanks to: Maxon Motor AG

Inv.Nr. 50863/2

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