How to Build a Time Machine (Vortex Distortion Space and Time Dilating Device)

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Well lets put it this way, ive always had this thing about traveling through time, and having a time machine. So i set about making one, i decided that instead of being a vessel to travel in, i would rather have something portable.

Many hours thinking i came to a conclusion. If im going to be traveling through time, the actual time machine would have to be timeless (not out of place in the past, present day, or the future)

So eventually i decided to make something that resembled a time piece, mixed with an old compass, and various other inspirations, some from various steam punk items.

However i did not want to make something that was steam punk, as i personally find alot of steam punk to be a bit over comic like, and a bit to fantastical.

So, heres how i did it.

Materials consist of -

Alot of scrap and junk
corrugated cardboard
Mount card
PVA glue
Super glue
Black paint
Spray paint
Some thicker mount card
A few Special oddments - for me this was the lenses.
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Step 1: Building a base

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Ok, now the base of my time machine was modeled around two ring type peices of metal, and as with the rest of the -ible, you kinda have to work things out for yourself too!
Firstly, i set about cutting out some ring shaped pieces of card, As you can see from the pics below.

Obviously, you could just create this thing from scratch using cardboard. But i think a good scavinge can always turn a good result - The metal sections in the first picture are off an old repromaster! bout 20,000 pounds worth of kit in there day ( we recently scraped ours)

I basically used these as a shape to trace onto the card.

Cut as many as you like to give it a good depth that your happy with.

I recommend corrugated card as it is easily to get a thick depth, its easy to cut, and great for gluing in later steps.

Step 2: Lots, and lots of glue!

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Ok, firstly stack up your pieces, here i have about 4/5 layers of corrugated, and a layer of mount board either side.

picture 2 - Holding the inside cover the out side in PVA Glue, make sure you get it all in the gaps, soak it in the stuff. Then do the same for the inside.

Picture 3 - Glue your scavenged parts to the top and bottom - i found that PVA was strong enough to hold them in place.

Picture 4 - Finally just glue a strip of paper around the outside and inside to neaten it up

Leave to dry over night, or longer if you can wait.

Step 3: A bit of paint

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Ok, so, you should have something looking like the picture below. Before we start filling the hole with various bits of stuff, i suggest painting it black.

Step 4: Filling in the middle

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Now, this is the section that will hopefully turn out a bit different for all of you, because we dont all want time machines that look the same do we?

Picture 1 - the main part of my time machine is a big lens that i got off the repromaster, i constructed a small tube for this, and added a little circular metal ring ontop also, again paint everything card like black.

Pictures 2 and 3 - Using various parts, i then played around to get a good fit, - most my inside were taken from the inside of hardrives, cd drive, and old floppy drives and a few other bits and bobs.

The key is to use your own creativity, and lots and lots of super glue! (bout 8 tubes for me)

Step 5: More rubbish

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Ok, keep adding the rubbish, a few additions here consist of a applying a piece of leather all around the out side, and various more bits.

As you mite notice there are some bits that have been broken off, again, all part of the creativity.

I added a few 'bolt' esque pieces poking out of one side.

Remeber to take your time, and play around, working out what looks best.

Step 6: Painting the metal.

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I suggest getting some special Metal spray paint - the stuff i used was Wickes direct to metal spray paint. Dont use any normal stuff, it will just rub and flake off. If all else fails, Car spray paint does the job!

Picture 1 - Carefully pic any sections you dont want to paint and mask them off - For me this was the lense and the leather, and a few other small bits.

Picture 2 - This is after painting, i removed the masking around the edge, but left the lens covered up to prevent damage later on.

Picture 3 - ok, no to take some of that paint off, i used a combo of power tools, sand paper, and a scapel - basically take off the edges to reveal some of the metal underneath. Take off a little, take off alot, its upto you!

Step 7: Finished, wait a minute, whats that cool box?

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Well, we cant have a time machine just sat on the side can we?
So we need a secure box to keep it locked up.

Im not going to tell you how to build a wooden box, just how to customize it, (plus i bort the bottom half of the box ready made)

Picture 2 - here we see the top of the box - which has like a sun/lens/thingy. Although i didnt take any pictures, i cut a hole clean out the top.

Step 8: Glue!

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Picture 1 - Once you have cut your hole, mix in some of the sawdust with the pva to make a sawdusty glue mush.

Picture 2 - Mask off the lens it self

Picture 3 - Glue around the edge of the lens, and use the excess to hold it in place underneath

Picture 4 - Sand off the excess ontop.

The lens ive used here is again off the repromaster - For this section i printed off a picture of the sun, and taped it to the underneath.

Also for this bit you can use anything, a hunk of metal, a pebble, what ever you think looks cool.

Step 9: Decor

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loosely following this instructable - http://www.instructables.com/id/MYO-Antique-Medallion/ i then continued to add card to the box -more pva glue here.

Then you stick tin foil over the card, and trim.

Paint, or colour the foil in with a permanent marker.

And than sand some of it away to give a distressed look.

Finally, i cobbled together some pieces into a make shift key, and then drilled a hole in the front to fit.

Step 10: DONE

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There we go, you have your completed time machine.

Enjoy responsibly, and don't go killing your ancestors. (unless you happen to have built in a parrelex distorter)

Please let me know what you think, and i would love to see any adaptations you make yourselves.

Thanks for reading.
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PenguinM1 month ago

It worked, I traveled back in time and left this post. It really really worked. I added crystals like suggested. You may want to modify the instructions to include the crystals. Also please link a divergence meter which is required to get the timelines merged back together.

Can you meet me somewhere with the time machine plz and if possible make me one plz thx
Can you make me a time traveler
Does it work?
cristianx11 days ago
Hey can some one help me make one?

Can I buy this off of anyone? I'm in Orange County, CA. I'm looking to buy something like this for props within the next 2 days. Thank you.

PenguinM1 month ago

I just built the device and added crystals. About to try to go back in time 5 mins. I will post letting everyone know if it works... Wish me luck..

Did it work
Bros!!! Can yew can tell is ths is true? Im totally confused
Please private message me
RusFuture1 month ago

Well, I guess I should have patented my time vortex distortion devices.. (I've tried several different designs. Some work better than others...) At first, I had the "Billy-Pilgrim" problem - darn thing would just not calibrate... I kept coming unstuck in time, just like Vonnegut's Pilgrim character in Slaughterhouse Five. I was back in high-school (oh, cool...) and just as I try to resolve some old issues - ZIIIP, blue light, and I am this old guy sitting in front of a bank of screens - except they are these big virtual hologram things, kinda just floating in front of my desk... and just as I manage to figure out the user-interface to see stuff - whoosh, way way back to a place I really don't want to be. It was pretty unpleasent actually.

But once I got one of the better ones (the "Timeslip-Version3", I call it..), I was able to tune back the wildness, and get finer control of where (whoops, *when*) I went. Best trick was just dialing forward a few days, to see where stock prices went, and than dialing back to present, and putting on a few trades. Just small and gentle stuff, only a few here and there. Had to stay below the radar, and not be greedy. I have to say, this has really worked out ok. You have to be really careful not to create a paradox, or I am pretty sure you just get vaporized, right? Your entire "wick" of possible timelines just collapses into a singularity, and you simply never existed. And that would not be very nice. Because I am such a cautious guy, I even had to put on some trades that would lose, just so market regulators would not get suspicious. But it has really been fun. I am quietly buying real-estate here and there, and I have have a few really cool older cars.

But then, I figured I would test a little idea, eh? I would hop forward to 2015 (man, that is hard-core future... Wasn't that almost the date in that film Blade Runner? When Android Nexus-6 Roy is rampaging? ) Anyway, I decided to run this experiment, and see what would happen. This is it, right here. I would write a note, in the future on some web-site, and then jump back to where I am currently operating, and wait, and see if the digital image gives me a "future echo". Meanwhile, I'll just keep buying more houses and real-estate with my gains, as that will probably be the best place to stash all the money. The stock market may go down, but house prices always keep going up, don't they?

- Russel Future, June 15th, 2007

Can you tell me how to build please Thank you
When will the world end if u can go into this time machine
player20301 month ago
I have traveled far in the future and seen the future disruptions in this timeline you people are creating, now there is a second cosmological expansion and the average density of the universe has stopped its natural expansion and begin contracting. Welcome to the beginning of the end of this universe.
I am moving to another timeline. ..if your time machines still work I'd suggest you do the same. Btw...be careful how far in the future you go, there is a point where "there is not even nothing" ...
So I'm wondering if u go into this time machine when will the world end?
morbid887 years ago
You forgot to put in the crystal..
I found a particularly small flux capacitor at Dick Smiths (It's like the Australian equivalent of Radioshack) that fit perfectly. Funny thing though - when I had finished using my time machine, I went back in time to stop myself from buying it, and the shop assistant said I had already bought it earlier that day. He must have been experiencing 'future echoes' (As per Einsteins theory of relativity).
Unbelievable. ... You are simply unbelievable... I've been going back in time on the stopped you from buying that stupid Flux capacitor. you are created several Timeline Sir. there was a time line Where I convince you to stop going back to that shop... 7 years later later in this timeline and I'm still trying to stop you.
to talk top it off... Stupid talk to text in this little boxes don't work at all...

Sorry to say that the flux capacitor is outdated now with
having been completed by Doc Brown back in 1985, Here we are 29 years later in
(2014); I find that clicking my heals and saying “there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home” is all you really
need to do; that ought bring you back to reality.

what else can you use rather than a flux capacitor? since its outdated.

i dont wanna be mean or anything.... how does it work exactly. like is this bogus or are you serious about making this work?? because i dont wanna put time into it if its not really possible. you have no idea how desperate i am about going back in time. as ridiculous as that soundsss.
I actually tried it, I only was able to go back a few hours.. try adding crystals..
you could go further, but you might blow a flux capacitor.
Heh, then I could go back 88 minutes.. :P
KevinH22 bumpus1 month ago
Is this truu??
you think it could go back like... a couple of days?? what kinda crystals??
What kind of crystals?
Most likely, um I would try Amethyst crystals.. I heard the work best.
oh. well... so, is that the only one then??
I'm not sure.. I'm kinda new to the whole subject, but I am learning
i thought you said youve gone back in time before though...??
I did, I'm still learning on the subject, I hopefully will be able to learn enough to go back in weeks, not just hours.
Wondering if you ever accomplished that, bumpus, but since this post is from 2008, I don't know if you still come here.
oh well good to hear. buuuuttt, will me in my past be able to see me or is it like... im in different phases and me from that moment wont be able to see me in the future moment... or am i completely off and everyone there can see me. wait... so will changing the past alter the future??
fridgeus bumpus6 years ago
come on man... everyone knows quartz is the crystal of time.

its not possible

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