This PowerPoint presentation is based on the DRAFT rules for Mag Lev 2013. The final edition of the rules found in the Coaches Manual may be different than what is found here.
Note a simple sled can be built with plywood and small ceramic magnets. A paperclip can be used to connect the sled to the car.
Track length must be at least five feet in length. Longer tracks are allowed, but only a five foot section will be used for competition.
Side rail height can be between 3.175 cm and 5.0 cm.
Teams can bring their own sled and track and use them, as long as the supervisor verifies the track dimensions (width, length, etc.), similar to the ramp in gravity vehicle.
This home-built track was used at the 2012 national tournament at a total cost of less than $30 and was not damaged in transport from Wisconsin to Florida via UPS.
Track is only five feet long…easier for transport and storage
The instruction manual for creating this track will be available on the Mag-Lev page on the national website
Don’t mind the slight crookedness…this was fixed after the picture was taken. The side walls should be perpendicular with the track.
Vernier photogates were used with lasers.
During the year, feel free to contact Andy or Bro. with questions!