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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!!!!!!!

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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

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.
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La pulga es genial XD.

Gran trabajo, gracias por las ideas.
M.C. Langer (author)  becomingthebeast3 years ago
Con gusto, Becoming the Beast. Gracias a ti!
Plo Koon3 years ago
So it moves on vibration?
M.C. Langer (author)  Plo Koon3 years ago
Plo Koon3 years ago
looks like a praying mantis
M.C. Langer (author)  Plo Koon3 years ago
Wow! Looks like I need to add another thing onto my to-do list.
M.C. Langer (author)  Kaptain Kool3 years ago
AWESOME! Thanks Kaptain! :-)
I started working on it and am having a great time!
M.C. Langer (author)  Kaptain Kool3 years ago
HOORAY!!! I want to see it!!!! :-)
I'll post pictures when I finish.
akahana3 years ago
el santo3 years ago
¡¡¡Enhorabuena, Mario!!!
M.C. Langer (author)  el santo3 years ago
Muchas gracias Santo!! Siempre es genial contar con tu apoyo!! :-)
You do Great work!
M.C. Langer (author)  chapa-de-frente3 years ago
Thanks Chapa de Frente!! :-)
Mr.Sanchez3 years ago
M.C. Langer (author)  Mr.Sanchez3 years ago
Thanks Paisano!!!!! :-)
brunoip3 years ago
Buenisimo !!!
M.C. Langer (author)  brunoip3 years ago
Muchas gracias Bruno!!
copilarim3 years ago
This is a great project!! :)
M.C. Langer (author)  copilarim3 years ago
Thanks Copilarim!! :-)
WhyHello3 years ago
cute, wish i could make this
M.C. Langer (author)  WhyHello3 years ago
Why don't try?
el santo3 years ago
Tienes mi voto :)
M.C. Langer (author)  el santo3 years ago
Gracias Santo!!! :-)
Lindie3 years ago
Cool! Fun!
M.C. Langer (author)  Lindie3 years ago
Thanks Lindie!! :-)
sculptur3 years ago
dude i love your sculptures do you make them for a living
M.C. Langer (author)  sculptur3 years ago
Thanks Sculptur!! Well, no. I work as security chief. This is a hobby. But maybe one day..,
bot-ftm3 years ago
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M.C. Langer (author)  bot-ftm3 years ago
Thanks!! :-)
el santo3 years ago
M.C. Langer (author)  el santo3 years ago
Thanks Santo!!! :-)
very cool robot, love it!
M.C. Langer (author)  simplebotics3 years ago
Thanks Simplebotics!! :-)
Mr.Sanchez3 years ago
El concurso perfecto pa sumercé...el q quiera mas....BUE NI SI MO...felicitaciones .
M.C. Langer (author)  Mr.Sanchez3 years ago
Gracias Mr. Sanchez! Me tocaba defender mi título del año pasado en reuso de computadores dañados! :-)
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.Sanchez3 years ago
JAJAJAJAJAJA!!! Ojalá así fuera para ganarme el Ipad!! jejeje! Pero gracias!! :-)
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