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In this tutorial, you will create your own Art Bot, a robot with markers for legs. It creates awesome abstract art with it's "feet" as it wobbles across your paper! The creature's motion comes from a spinning motor with an offset weight attached; this causes the bot to vibrate. The size and location of said weight can be used as variables. If you tinker with these variables, you will effect how the robot moves, thus changing how it draws.
It is up to you to decide how the robot draws best! Good luck!

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Step 1: Materials

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In order to make your own Art Robot, you must have the following supplies:
  • Cup (one you don't mind gluing/taping things to)
  • Glue gun / sticks
  • Markers (thin size, washable)
  • Popsicle sticks (at least 6)
  • Foam tape / foam
  • DC toy motor*
  • Battery pack*
  • Batteries*
  • Poster board
  • Cork or styrofoam ball
  • Electrical tape
  • Optional: Additional craft materials to decorate your robot

* I used parts from my science room at school. I do not know the models I used, or for sure what the voltage was of the battery pack. The battery pack I used had 3xAA batteries. Therefore, it is believed that the voltage was 4.5v.

Step 2: Prepping the Weight

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First off: in order to attach the motor to your project, you either need styrofoam tape, or hot glue and foam.
I recommend that you use some sort of thick styrofoam, like the type that pencil grips are made of. I actually ripped up a pencil grip for my foam. If you are using foam tape, you still may want to hot glue. The vibrating of the machine may very well cause the motor to fly off using only tape.

I love it! It's fun to watch it in action :)

TSJWang1 year ago

I think we might use this to teach kids about electronics at our school!

Great instructable!

TiannaMarie (author)  TSJWang1 year ago

You should! They are fun to make!

TiannaMarie (author) 1 year ago

Thank-you both! So much! This was my first instructable. I made it for school :)