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Claw from arcade machine on a stick with a handle for picking stuff up.

October 2013

*** September 2013  **
I have a project running on tindie.com   for a real claw machine kit.

**** Kickstarter ends July 2nd  *****

Here is a video of it in action:

Step 1: Get Stuff  

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The main thing is the claw.  I had a hard time finding these and had to go to a supplier in China. 
I've posted them on amazon here:
Claw Machine / Crane Game -- Actual Claw  (note: this is a link to my own thing on amazon.com)

The other parts are:
  • 1" PVC pipe
  • Stiff wire
  • A spring (optional)
  • A nut and bolt (size 10-24, length is not critical, a  little smaller diameter is okay)
  • Electrical tape
  • Thin strips of wood - for handle (or something better)
  • Plumbers strap - for handle (or something better)
  • Black spray paint

abbas10152 years ago
blizatrex2 years ago
nifty instructable. i did find claws a bit cheaper on http://www.gamespareparts.com/html/product__1178.html
adale1232 years ago
too much green..aka money
marc.cryan (author)  adale1232 years ago
Yeah I know -- this is pretty big claw, maybe I can find a smaller/cheaper one....
marc.cryan (author) 2 years ago
I can't get the video to show up.....
In YouTube, click the 'share' tab, then click 'embed' and copy that code. Then, paste that code into our editor with the 'embed media' button in the rich editor.
marc.cryan (author)  mikeasaurus2 years ago
thanks -- the video shows up in the android app on my phone, it is just blank space using chrome on an ubuntu desktop pc .... must be time for an update.