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Cd Vending Machine

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This is a nice simple cd vending machine.
 
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Step 1: Why?

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Why not? These would be great for a library, internet cafe, or anywhere else you might need just 1 blank cd.

Its about the size of a gum ball machine and works similar to one.

I am not a carpenter, these aren't the best cuts on here.

This was a concept project, it is not final.

Patents pending.

Just think, if you're in an internet cafe and need a cd to burn some files on or something like that, instead of going to the nearest store and buying a whole package of discs you could just have one in a convenient vending machine.

According to my research you can sell each disc for $1 each and make $115 from selling 200 cd's .

Anyway onward to the building.

Step 2: Materials needed

In my mechanical version (electrical version still in progress) I needed very few things.

Materials
Coin slide in amount of desired cost/cd
Wood
Machine screws and nuts
CD Case
Gasket Material
Misc pieces of metal
Plexiglass
Tools
Drill
Saws
Screwdrivers
Brains

Once you have all the materials gathered up you're good to go!

Step 3: Cut your first piece

I started cutting the front piece. I wanted some room for the CD cases could move around a little and not bind up, so I cut the front pieces to be 6 3/4 inches wide, and it is a little overkill. I also wanted a decent sized coin box in the bottom and nicely sized hopper for the Disc so I cut the piece to be 14 1/4 tall.

I don't recall what how big the hole for the coin slide was but it sits centered and 2 1/2 inches from the bottom.

I was using 1/2 inch wood so I cut the wood about 3/4 above the top of the coin slider. This cut is for the cd exit slot. I just cut the whole piece and cut out about 1/4 inch of the wood.
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Cool! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxsTKon9Gpk
This is my homemade Coca Cola Dispenser
Bravo! Such a great idea. I would love to build a few of them. I could use them for selling CD's for leaning Engish. But I don't quite understand how the grabbing mechanism works. Would you have some more explanation available? Also, it doesn't seem that a used coin slide is so easy to find. I have searched on the net, and all I can find are laudromat coin slides. Any idea?
S01dier902 years ago
I had an awesome idea to stop the cds from falling out. Either use from stiff bristles or more gasket material with many slits that the cd can easily be pushed out of. As for the lock that is fairly easy, get a lock from a lockbox or a cheap one and mount it in the top.
philerskine3 years ago
Or everyone could just use their $5 flash drive they have with them
you mean the ones my vending machine sold them?
Very cool idea. Maybe something on the in stroke that opens a security door. and the pull dispenses and closes the Door.
Oh man this thing is cool! I've had this dream of building a vending machine like this for a while. I have this sketch in my notebook for something similar. Gonna try and build it once I get into woodworking.

I was reading the blog of this guy online who built a mechanism similar to this. It's pretty cool and 100% DIY!

www.josepino.com/projects/coin_operated_mechanism_III

-Y
hornbadoing5 years ago
wher can i get a free used coin slide =( send me a msg on my acount i f you know
If there are any landromat, arcade, or grocery stores around your area that have these sorts of machines and are going out of business/replacing them they may sell them to you for a reasonable price. Don't get you're hopes up for cheap and abandon all thoughts of free.

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boi_gUrL5 years ago
ei.. do u think thats a good thesis for an information technology students???.. thank you.. please do response.. tnx..
boi_gUrL5 years ago
ei.. do u think thats a good thesis for an information technology students???.. thank you..
xtank56 years ago
I like it. Too bad we can't use this for our own gain because of the liscence you have set for it. :'( This is getting a + and a fav.
actually, CC-NC only prohibits selling the tutorial for cash, not using its contents to make something to make cash
rasta_bhoy6 years ago
genius
wasgij6 years ago
do they sell them in any shops in OZ Adelaide?
wasgij wasgij6 years ago
or would i be able to make it with out one
PyroMonger6 years ago
this is a great idea. i just need to get a coin slot thing and im ready.
Cool idea, but where do I get the coin slot thing?
duncant20196 (author)  GorillazMiko6 years ago
I got mine off my grandpa he owns laundromat, but you can search ebay for a coin slide.
Yeah, I never thought of that Ebay.
Tinker396 years ago
You can find the coin slides on E-Bay or look for a laundromat updating their machines. Or else you can check with Happ Controls http://www.happcontrols.com/
They carry everything for coin-op arcades, and even have bill acceptors (a little on the pricey side). We used Happ for the pinballs and arcade games we repaired.
duncant20196 (author)  Tinker396 years ago
Yeah, I've got several slides that I received from my grandfathers laundromat. I also have a few bill acceptors that I got from some slot machines and parts that i got for free. But thanks! I did discover them when I built my mame cabinet. http://www.lumenlab.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=13595&hl=mame
shmuki6 years ago
ot should nave a window in the front so people can see if theres a disck in it before putting money in
duncant20196 (author)  shmuki6 years ago
Thats what that slot is on the front.
Neat idea! If you live near some internet cafes, you could probably start up a little business if you installed and maintained a bunch of these!
duncant20196 (author)  Weissensteinburg6 years ago
I'm working on that! I'm going to try to put some in some of the libraries around here too and Hastings, and Starbucks...Id like to make an electrical version with a bill acceptor too.
I highly doubt that Starbucks would allow you to...but maybe a locally owned place if you make it worth their while.
duncant20196 (author)  Weissensteinburg6 years ago
Yeah, but it wont hurt to try. Thanks for the feature!
You deserved it! With a bit more careful craftsmanship (maybe get a month long membership to a machine shop and crank out 20 or so) they could really sell CDs! My dad works with Starbucks, and I can just tell you from his experience..they'll really only do that kind of thing if it involves huge contracts..they're not so open to a single store thing. Now maybe if they were a franchise..
duncant20196 (author)  Weissensteinburg6 years ago
For some reason I think that it is a franchise, but I do plan on making more and placing them around town. I am going to make them metal, and make some electronic ones that take dollar bills and coins. The only drawback to the bill acceptor is that it wont be able to give change.
Nope, not a franchise. But they do make partnerships with companies that want to open large numbers of Starbuck's (think 1000s a year). But you can't have just a few.
duncant20196 (author)  Weissensteinburg6 years ago
Oh well, I still have 3 schools, the public library, and hastings to try.
Do you live near any internet cafes?
duncant20196 (author)  Weissensteinburg6 years ago
Yeah theres a cafe in Hastings and theres a local business called Paris Coffee Company. Theres about 10 places around here that I might be able to place one in. I'm thinking about mass producing them and selling them.
I dunno..you'd make more money off it it you were to maintain them yourself.
duncant20196 (author)  Weissensteinburg6 years ago
I plan on maintaining my own around here, but I could probably sell them for about $500 or so. I figured if you charge $1/disc&case you will make $115/200 cd's so I'll probably charge a dollar or 75 cents because if you charge 50 cents you will just break even.
That would work, and then if the machines still charge $1, the store would make $.25 per CD.
Neat idea. Would suggest practicing straighter cuts, however.
darkmuskrat6 years ago
The steps wernt the best but the video and help offered makes it a awsome idea.
Bor6 years ago
The video is offline! Nice Instructable though.
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