Introduction: Blank CD Case Cooler

A hack with some simple things, has some practical uses, totally open project. Feel free to be creative. Oh and if im retarded and u wanna complain or whatever hit me at d_j_M_R_R@hotmail.com being has it this is my first instructable.

Step 1: Gather Stuff

Materials i used:
Wire stripper
9v battery
poster putty
old 2 pin 80mm 12v dc compy fan
Blank Cd Case of course
Dremmel
Exacto Knife
Pen
4 1 1/4 drywall screws or 1 inch should work fine
4 erasers...the cheap little thing kinds
Duct Tape
4 gold snap things, the stuff used in kindergarten to make paper jointed creatures
2 paper clips
2 conductor wire or whatever

And thats pretty much it

Step 2: Cutting Hole

Cutting a hole in the top of the cd case is probably the toughest to do out of the project

K outline it with a fan girll or something
a circle
then grab x-acto
scrap over it and all
then start to add pressure
then cut

Step 3: Attach Things

Grab dry wall screws
hand drill through plastic

OH quick btw / bactrack if you got a lot of rough edges in the hole use a dremmel w/ a sand bit to file down

Screws should hold fan fine

flip over top and add erasers on screw ends for elimation of the pointyness

Step 4: Attach More Stuff

K grab 9v battery stick poster putty on bottom and stick on top of middle of grill

Then strip some wire and cut some of 2 conductor, 6 inches is plenty

Then strip and cut off end on 2 pin ball bearing fan connector
then braid wire

rember black is negative red and white are positive make sure witres when assembled on ghetto switch line up right

Step 5: MAking the Ghetto Switch

Cut 2 rectangles out of duct tape
same size
put sticky side together

then insert snaps make sure they are all alligned so no single snap touches another

look on back

ref pics

then hook wire up

make sure pos and neg are properly alligned left to right top to bottom so neg connects to other neg ; pos connects to other pos

add paper clips one can constantally link between two snaps

other one acts as a switch to complete circut turning it on and off

Comments

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k-man made it! (author)2006-04-23

what does cooling do to the cd's? does it just keep their quality?

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Ian01 made it! (author)Ian012006-06-23

CDs breathe passively, like insects. They need air movement or they can't breathe. This fan will prevent your CDs from suffocating.

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anonymouse197 made it! (author)anonymouse1972009-10-27

 I wish you could 'like' comments. That is just hilariously awesome!

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Ian01 made it! (author)Ian012009-10-29

 Would you believe that was my 10th comment, on the day I registered? I'd forgotten about it.

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AgentDanny made it! (author)AgentDanny2006-12-08

now that i got that out of my system. what about a soldering fume arrestor. get some dryer hose and duct tape or zip ties and run the hose to a vent fan in your house.

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AgentDanny made it! (author)AgentDanny2006-12-08

Yea i kept poking holes in the top of the case and they would always go bad.

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zachninme made it! (author)zachninme2006-10-08

lol!

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Dr.Bill made it! (author)2009-03-22

Hay I just saw this. I put my beer in it and it stays cool by evaporation!

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i22yb made it! (author)2008-09-15

Why not just take the lid off the case?

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djmrr made it! (author)2008-09-14

Yeah...I must have been high when I made this...the oh so many months ago that I posted it...I enjoy plants...sometimes...especially the green ones hahaha

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c6h12o6 made it! (author)2008-09-12

Am I high? Its a CD preservation vacuum to prevent CD flesh eating Escherichia Coli population explosion. Good. Now I can Sleep safe! :-)

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cotton made it! (author)2008-03-11

perfect for sucking air off of the cpu

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!Andrew_Modder! made it! (author)2007-09-14

:-\ im confused! What does this do? just keep blank cds cool 4 some reason??? (my pc room is in a cool basement, how would this benefit me...?)

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Stevolution made it! (author)2007-03-06

how many batterys per week would you go through? Too many.

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lemonie made it! (author)2007-02-25

Should be powered otherwise, e.g. USB. I can't see where the air exits the case, or how it ventilates other than the top CD? Does this have a serious purpose?

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djmrr made it! (author)2005-12-29

Umm yeah thats basically it: Add some resistors...keep it from draining maybe prac uses: summer heat issues maybe dk hoorah for my first crappy instructable peace

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Toulouse made it! (author)Toulouse2007-01-07

this could be applied to the side of a computer case that desperately needs a blowhole. the blank cd cylinder part could contain some sort of dust filter for the thing ( i dunno , just thinking of ideas other than keeping blank cd's cool )

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Ian01 made it! (author)2007-01-02

I used to make switches like that...

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crapflinger made it! (author)2006-12-13

....finally someone has addressed the growing issue of blank cd mistreatment...i had petitioned the aspca for years about this but they woudln't listen.... pretty low quality here...but at least it's not usb powered or made of k-nex

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camscam made it! (author)2006-10-29

I dont get it..

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GoatBoy made it! (author)2006-05-21

You can make it into a cheap, small air filter by cutting holes in the sides and covering them with air conditioner filter material found at hardware stores.

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ArmChairQB made it! (author)ArmChairQB2006-09-06

Maybe use Dryer Sheets and rubber bands as the filter material ..

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rnx made it! (author)2006-05-13

why not coat the blades with the cd and have this bling-bling fan :o

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Slartibardfast made it! (author)2006-02-23

Great idea. I can see this being applied to ducting to make a cheap radial extractor fan (they ain't cheap). I'm going to try a variation out when I build a ventilated battery box for my solar powered shed.

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brob made it! (author)2006-01-31

so you wanna keep blank cd's cool? I'm confused

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Scwounch made it! (author)Scwounch2006-02-07

Even if you did want to keep the blank CDs cool, your fan would probably burn out from trying to blow air into an enclosed cakebox. I like the swtich though—it's very diy.

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