Motor standardization

How to properly define a small gradient of motor types to power everything?


Currently, the diversity of motors and generators very broad: nearly every specialized device uses a custom motor with custom size, fitting and characteristics. The motor of your blender is different from the motor of your vacuum cleaner, and different from your bicycle's motor, but all are in the range of power of 500~2000 W. Your toothbrush motor is different from your shaver motor (beard trimmer), and the motor of your electric face brush, though all of them operate at around 20 W.

The point of idea is:

  1. Group electric appliances by power range.
  2. Let manufacturers of goods make motor cassettes, to insert common motors, just like we insert batteries into devices.
  3. Profit by increased utility of motors: now, you don't have to buy vacuum cleaner and bicycle and blender -- you buy one motor, and then just get "end-affectors" -- your bicycle is just an end-affector of your motor.

Insight: most simple mechanical devices are but end-effectors of motors.

The problem remains, because motors exist of very different characteristics and design (DC/AC, of very different configurations besides wattage).

Electric Motors:

  • DC Motors
    • DC Shunt Motor
    • Separately Excited Motor
    • Series Motor
    • PMDC Motor
    • Compound Motor
  • AC Motors
    • Induction Motor
    • Synchronous Motor
  • Other Motors
    • Stepper Motor
    • Brushless Motor
    • Hysterisis Motor
    • Reluctance Motor
    • Universal Motor

Still, we standardized computer ports and batteries with great diversity, perhaps we can also usefully standardize and modularize motors.


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