Introduction: Build Vibroinsects Using Discarded Mice

This project is for age group 18+.

As I promised in my last instructable (https://www.instructables.com/id/Ideas-for-discarded-mice-reuse-GO-TEAM-MOUSE/), 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

MATERIALS:

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
wire
1 deodorant cap
screws and bolts
Tin soldering
Superglue

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.


TOOLS

Dremel Rotary Tool
tweezers
screwdivers
scalpel
pliers
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

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

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)

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

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)

Do you want more mice-based vibroinsects?? Try this ant:



Or, if you want something simpler, a tick:


It's up to you!!!!

Comments

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becomingthebeast made it! (author)2011-04-25

Excelente!!

La pulga es genial XD.

Gran trabajo, gracias por las ideas.

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M.C. Langer made it! (author)M.C. Langer2011-04-25

Con gusto, Becoming the Beast. Gracias a ti!

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Plo Koon made it! (author)2011-04-21

So it moves on vibration?

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M.C. Langer made it! (author)M.C. Langer2011-04-22

Yeah!

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Plo Koon made it! (author)2011-04-21

looks like a praying mantis

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M.C. Langer made it! (author)M.C. Langer2011-04-22

Yeah!

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Kaptain Kool made it! (author)2011-03-03

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

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M.C. Langer made it! (author)M.C. Langer2011-03-03

AWESOME! Thanks Kaptain! :-)

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Kaptain Kool made it! (author)Kaptain Kool2011-04-18

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

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M.C. Langer made it! (author)M.C. Langer2011-04-18

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

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Kaptain Kool made it! (author)Kaptain Kool2011-04-19

I'll post pictures when I finish.

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akahana made it! (author)2011-03-21

:D

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el santo made it! (author)2011-03-16

¡¡¡Enhorabuena, Mario!!!
:D

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M.C. Langer made it! (author)M.C. Langer2011-03-16

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

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chapa-de-frente made it! (author)2011-03-14

You do Great work!

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M.C. Langer made it! (author)M.C. Langer2011-03-15

Thanks Chapa de Frente!! :-)

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Mr.Sanchez made it! (author)2011-03-15

i TOLD YOU..mARIO I TOLD YOU....cONGRATS.....

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M.C. Langer made it! (author)M.C. Langer2011-03-15

Thanks Paisano!!!!! :-)

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brunoip made it! (author)2011-03-14

Buenisimo !!!

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M.C. Langer made it! (author)M.C. Langer2011-03-14

Muchas gracias Bruno!!

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copilarim made it! (author)2011-03-08

This is a great project!! :)

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M.C. Langer made it! (author)M.C. Langer2011-03-08

Thanks Copilarim!! :-)

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WhyHello made it! (author)2011-03-07

cute, wish i could make this

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M.C. Langer made it! (author)M.C. Langer2011-03-07

Why don't try?

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el santo made it! (author)2011-03-07

Tienes mi voto :)

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M.C. Langer made it! (author)M.C. Langer2011-03-07

Gracias Santo!!! :-)

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Lindie made it! (author)2011-03-07

Cool! Fun!

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M.C. Langer made it! (author)M.C. Langer2011-03-07

Thanks Lindie!! :-)

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sculptur made it! (author)2011-03-05

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

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M.C. Langer made it! (author)M.C. Langer2011-03-05

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

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M.C. Langer made it! (author)2011-03-04

Thanks!! :-)

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el santo made it! (author)2011-03-04

Impressive!
Yeah!!

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M.C. Langer made it! (author)M.C. Langer2011-03-04

Thanks Santo!!! :-)

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simplebotics made it! (author)2011-03-04

very cool robot, love it!

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M.C. Langer made it! (author)M.C. Langer2011-03-04

Thanks Simplebotics!! :-)

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Mr.Sanchez made it! (author)2011-03-03

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

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M.C. Langer made it! (author)M.C. Langer2011-03-03

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

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Mr.Sanchez made it! (author)Mr.Sanchez2011-03-04

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

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M.C. Langer made it! (author)M.C. Langer2011-03-04

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

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TSC made it! (author)2011-03-03

Wow!

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M.C. Langer made it! (author)M.C. Langer2011-03-03

Thanks!!! :-)

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TSC made it! (author)TSC2011-03-04

Your welcome!

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iminthebathroom made it! (author)2011-03-03

me likey

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M.C. Langer made it! (author)M.C. Langer2011-03-03

Thanks!! :-)

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alexw2150 made it! (author)2011-03-03

Cool

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M.C. Langer made it! (author)M.C. Langer2011-03-03

Thanks!! :-)

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ynze made it! (author)2011-03-03

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

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M.C. Langer made it! (author)M.C. Langer2011-03-03

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

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Kaiven made it! (author)2011-03-03

I like the ant, it looks great!

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M.C. Langer made it! (author)M.C. Langer2011-03-03

Thanks Cowscankill!! :-)

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