Introduction: Build Vibroinsects Using Discarded Mice

Picture of Build Vibroinsects Using Discarded Mice
This project is for age group 18+.

As I promised in my last instructable (, I will show you how to make insects reusing damaged mice. But they won't be only insects. They will be vibroinsects!! :-)

First, I will make a mantis, step by step. And in the last step you will see two more ideas: an ant and a tick. They use the same basics of the vibromantis, so you can build anyone you want.

So, let's start with the vibromantis. And... GO TEAM MOUSE, GO!!!!!!!

Step 1: Materials

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1 mouse (I use a wireless mouse for saving the AA batteries holder)
1 electric motor (from a toy car it's all right)
1 joystick eccentric weight (the thing that makes the joystick to vibre)
6 car wiper pieces, 4 for the legs and 2 for the arms (replacement: 6 legs from 3D glasses)
10 frame iron pieces
4 iron angles
1 Switch
1 AA 2 batteries holder (if you don't have a wireless mouse)
2 AA batteries
1 deodorant cap
screws and bolts
Tin soldering

For the lower body I used an aluminum piece from an alarm, but you can replace it with some plastic container.
For the neck I used an iron piece found in the street. The head is an industrial piece foun in a junkyard. You can replace it even with a Lego block.


Dremel Rotary Tool
Wire cutters
Screwdriver kit
Soldering Iron

And don't forget the classic building rules:

1. If you don't have it, replace it!
2. Use protective equipment (dust mask and goggles)
3. Beware of drilled and soldered hot surfaces
4. Work in a good ventilated area.
5. Always have junk in stock
6. Enjoy!

Step 2: Lower Body and Legs

Picture of Lower Body and Legs

First, the four legs. I used car wiper pieces, but you can use legs from 3D glasses. Screw them to the frame iron pieces, and then make a "spider", as you can see in the pictures.

The aluminum piece (the main part of the lower body) is hollow below, because it will house the motor.

Step 3: Eccentric Motor

Picture of Eccentric Motor

Well, it's a vibrobot. So, unless you are new in Instructables, you know how it works. If not, it's simple: an eccentric weight causes big vibrations enough to make the vibrobot moves. It's the same principle of the cellphones vibration mode and the Playstation joysticks.

Fit the motor into the deodorant cap and insert the eccentric weight. Solder wires to the motor terminals and insert a screw in the middle of the lower body. Don't fasten the cap yet, because in the next step we will attach the mouse.

Step 4: Upper Body (the Mouse)

Picture of Upper Body (the Mouse)

Dismantle the mouse, leaving only the batteries holder with the terminals. Attach the mouse lower side to the "spider", using the screw of the aluminum piece. Make a simple circuit (batteries - motor - switch) connecting the motor terminals to the holder terminals and placing the switch in one of the wires.

Step 5: Head, Arms and Spine

Picture of Head, Arms and Spine

For the final touch, make the head, arms (pincers) and spine using the materials showed on the first picture (or what you have for replacing it).

Now, you have your own vibromantis made of an old mouse!!

Step 6: Other Ideas (an Ant and a Tick)

Picture of Other Ideas (an Ant and a Tick)
Do you want more mice-based vibroinsects?? Try this ant:

Or, if you want something simpler, a tick:

It's up to you!!!!


becomingthebeast (author)2011-04-25


La pulga es genial XD.

Gran trabajo, gracias por las ideas.

Con gusto, Becoming the Beast. Gracias a ti!

Plo Koon (author)2011-04-21

So it moves on vibration?

M.C. Langer (author)Plo Koon2011-04-22


Plo Koon (author)2011-04-21

looks like a praying mantis

M.C. Langer (author)Plo Koon2011-04-22


Kaptain Kool (author)2011-03-03

Wow! Looks like I need to add another thing onto my to-do list.

M.C. Langer (author)Kaptain Kool2011-03-03

AWESOME! Thanks Kaptain! :-)

Kaptain Kool (author)M.C. Langer2011-04-18

I started working on it and am having a great time!

M.C. Langer (author)Kaptain Kool2011-04-18

HOORAY!!! I want to see it!!!! :-)

Kaptain Kool (author)M.C. Langer2011-04-19

I'll post pictures when I finish.

akahana (author)2011-03-21


el santo (author)2011-03-16

¡¡¡Enhorabuena, Mario!!!

M.C. Langer (author)el santo2011-03-16

Muchas gracias Santo!! Siempre es genial contar con tu apoyo!! :-)

chapa-de-frente (author)2011-03-14

You do Great work!

Thanks Chapa de Frente!! :-)

Mr.Sanchez (author)2011-03-15


M.C. Langer (author)Mr.Sanchez2011-03-15

Thanks Paisano!!!!! :-)

brunoip (author)2011-03-14

Buenisimo !!!

M.C. Langer (author)brunoip2011-03-14

Muchas gracias Bruno!!

copilarim (author)2011-03-08

This is a great project!! :)

M.C. Langer (author)copilarim2011-03-08

Thanks Copilarim!! :-)

WhyHello (author)2011-03-07

cute, wish i could make this

M.C. Langer (author)WhyHello2011-03-07

Why don't try?

el santo (author)2011-03-07

Tienes mi voto :)

M.C. Langer (author)el santo2011-03-07

Gracias Santo!!! :-)

Lindie (author)2011-03-07

Cool! Fun!

M.C. Langer (author)Lindie2011-03-07

Thanks Lindie!! :-)

sculptur (author)2011-03-05

dude i love your sculptures do you make them for a living

M.C. Langer (author)sculptur2011-03-05

Thanks Sculptur!! Well, no. I work as security chief. This is a hobby. But maybe one day..,

M.C. Langer (author)2011-03-04

Thanks!! :-)

el santo (author)2011-03-04


M.C. Langer (author)el santo2011-03-04

Thanks Santo!!! :-)

simplebotics (author)2011-03-04

very cool robot, love it!

M.C. Langer (author)simplebotics2011-03-04

Thanks Simplebotics!! :-)

Mr.Sanchez (author)2011-03-03

El concurso perfecto pa sumercé...el q quiera mas....BUE NI SI MO...felicitaciones .

M.C. Langer (author)Mr.Sanchez2011-03-03

Gracias Mr. Sanchez! Me tocaba defender mi título del año pasado en reuso de computadores dañados! :-)

Mr.Sanchez (author)M.C. Langer2011-03-04

Q se me hace q sumerce manda hacer esos contests...eso es suyo y de naiden mas.Muy muy vkano...

M.C. Langer (author)Mr.Sanchez2011-03-04

JAJAJAJAJAJA!!! Ojalá así fuera para ganarme el Ipad!! jejeje! Pero gracias!! :-)

TSC (author)2011-03-03


M.C. Langer (author)TSC2011-03-03

Thanks!!! :-)

TSC (author)M.C. Langer2011-03-04

Your welcome!

iminthebathroom (author)2011-03-03

me likey

Thanks!! :-)

alexw2150 (author)2011-03-03


M.C. Langer (author)alexw21502011-03-03

Thanks!! :-)

ynze (author)2011-03-03

Wonderful creatures! I start collecting wipers and wireless mice from now on :-)
Do you sell these as toys?

M.C. Langer (author)ynze2011-03-03

Thanks Ynze! And well, sometimes I sell them. :-)

Kaiven (author)2011-03-03

I like the ant, it looks great!

M.C. Langer (author)Kaiven2011-03-03

Thanks Cowscankill!! :-)

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Bio: I'm Mario Caicedo Langer, from Colombia, former Navy officer and BSc in Naval Sciences. Right now I'm Technical Director and Technology Lead Teacher ... More »
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