I decided to design and build my own version of the Optikinetics Cassette and Cassette rotator for a few reasons:
- Because I love the visual affects of the optkinetics cassettes and was fascinated with how they work
- You cannot buy the original Opti accessories in Australia (if you can PLEASE tell me where!! In addition to this comment, I have found some gear owned by a couple of sound and lighting companies but they would not part with it)
- Its expensive and you have to order from the UK.
- There is a fair amount of interest in the DJ/VJ community on creating your own customized projections
- Finally, because it was fun! This was a great project with unlimited boundaries. I spent hours on Gimp coming up with crazy kaleidascope and optical illusion patterns and trying to incorporate my DJ/Business name into them etc. etc.
Please feel free to contact me for finer details on this project! I am always happy to share info : )
What you Need...
- A 6" Wheel rotator with the slowest speed you can get ( 1/2 to 1 RPM is best)
- 2 x thin bolts about 1 inch long with 3 nuts for each bolt (doesnt matter if they're longer)
- A drill and drill piece to suit your bolt size
- A hole saw drill piece or some way to make a wheel/cog which will turn the cassette (theres 100s of ways you can make this part but I am using wood)
- Super Glue
- Some imagination and creativity : D
Step 1: Step 1 - Inserting the bolts
- Have a look at the prototype of the finished product so you can see what we are trying to achieve.
- Sit your cassette on the rotator in the poition it will be in when finished.
- Mark out where you are going to drill you holes - These will have to line up with the holes in the wings of your static part on your custom cassette (see images)
- Drill the holes and insert your bolts
- See the pic with the info on the bolt layout.
Drill 2 holes in the wings of the cassette and connect it up.
That pretty much concludes it!
Now that I have finally finished this instructable, my old landlord came around for a couple of beers and a catchup last night. He noticed my project I was working on and asked it that was for an Optikinetics system. Turns out that he was a DJ back in the 80s/90s and has a Solar projector and a hole lot of parts that he said I can have!!! Wow! My jaw almost dropped when he said that. I explained how long I had spent designing my own system because I could not find any in Australia and the whole time he had all this gear stashed in the basement under our old house for the 1.5 years we were living there. Blown away!
I am still glad I have shared this knowledge with all of you who are not as fortunate as me to come accross this stuff and I will still continue to desigh my own visuals and patterns as that was the most enjoyable task in this process.
Have fun : )