Introduction: Lego USB Memory Stick

You've seen this a million times before, but I couldn't find it on Instructables

Step 1: Get Your Stuff

Hello All.

Yes, I know. You've probably seen this before, and your probably saying that this wasn't my idea. So no, its not my idea. I just couldn't find it on instructables, so I decided to post it as a reference for the rest of us.

You will need:

A USB memory stick (the thinner the better, it should be thinner than the lego piece)
Some Legos (either 2x4, 2x8, or whatever size you need to fit the memory stick.
A dremel, with a sanding part and that spinner-disc thingy part (see picture)
Hot glue

Step 2: Get Your USB and Empy Out the Lego

First of all, remove your USB stick from it's case. To do this I simply used a knife to pry the two halves open, but it should vary from case to case.

Next, use the rotary disc to remove the insides of your lego piece. I did this by first cutting the middle out of the end of the lego, and then working my way down to the end. Remember to only open up one end of your lego, and only make it as wide as the USB port.

The disc is the most useful tool, because you can make cuts length-ways into the bottom of the lego, without going through the top. After doing this, tilt the disc at an angle then cut of the extra pieces of plastic.

Next use the rotary sander to flatten out all that you couldn't get using the disc. Also, you may need to thin the walls of the lego, in order to allow the USB drive to fit. The sander is useful for this too.

Step 3: Fit the USB and Glue It In.

Once you've cleared out the insides of the lego piece, slide in your USB stick. If needed, thin the walls of the Lego from the inside to allow for more room.

To glue the stick in, first put some dabs of hot glue on the inside of the Lego. Then, carefully position the memory stick on top. Once you feel that you've got the position right, glue the sides of the USB to the walls of the Lego piece. If your memory stick as a small light on it, remember to point it downwards, so the light can shine through the glue.

Now, completely cover all the circuits with glue, as to protect the memory stick from wear and tear etc etc....

Step 4: Test It Out!

Once you make it easthetically decent, and after allowing the glue to dry, test it out! For a cover is simply hollowed out another lego, and connected the cover and the memory stick with another piece of lego.

See ya!

Comments

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taljurf made it!(author)2009-08-06

wont the glue affect the usb?

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bassclarinet23 made it!(author)2010-04-04

Surprisingly no.

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LaffyDuck187 made it!(author)2011-05-22

Not too surprising... Hot glue is an insulator. Try covering up one end of a battery with hot glue, then hook up 2 wires and a flashlight bulb. It won't work. The only thing you should worry about is the hot glue burning the circuit board or overheating it.

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bassclarinet23 made it!(author)2011-06-29

Yeah, I was worried that the heat would mess it up or something, but it turned out okay.

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M0HIZ made it!(author)2012-01-03

As long as you only apply heat for a short amount of time (no more than about 4 seconds continuously), the board and components should be fine. After all, some soldering irons work at 400 degrees centigrade but they don't damage the circuitry.

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Zuga made it!(author)2010-09-09

I just made one of these with a 2 gb stick didnt rlly come out as i wanted but ooh well, ill make the other end some other time when i feel like it:P
great guide btw:)

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shell87 made it!(author)2010-07-31

thanks. i wanted to get the hubby one from etsy for his car sterio but since he needs a 16gig and hers were a little lotsa pricy to begin with i couldnt do it, but now i plan on making him one (will test with a cheaper usb pen drive i have already though.) i think i will try to make mine with a bottom to it of lego also like on etsy. but yeah this is awsome thanks for posting.

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DIY++Dave made it!(author)2007-10-05

They sell tiny 512 MB drives at meijer for only $10. I think I will get one and make a lego flash drive out of it.

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kiss+my+donkey made it!(author)2008-09-02

I got a memory stick at staples for 10$ (2 GB)

one last thing MEGABLOCKS SUCK

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sharlston made it!(author)2009-10-13

i got a 64 gb for $30

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junits15 made it!(author)2010-04-03

watch out, some cheap chneese large usb drives are actualy smaller then they say.  they have a spectal program imbedded into them, that tells the computer that it is larger then it really is.  there is an instructable aroung here about how to check if it is fraud.

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Kaiven made it!(author)2008-09-30

YES. FREAKIN CHEAP RIP-OFF THAT DOESN'T STAY TOGETHER.

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D5quar3 made it!(author)2010-03-16

i got one at micro center for $8 2gb

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Banaczech made it!(author)2010-03-13

Try and find wafer usb sticks as they take less effort to insert in to one of the bricks. I used a 2X4 for the stick and a 2X2 for the cap then simply inverted flat 2x4 and 2x2 for the bottom coverings.

If you use plumbing goop it takes 48hours to fully harden but holds like crazy. Then if you use some small super magnets (rare earth) and insert them in to the inside of the lego casing while the glue dries; you get a cap that holds itself on.

I attached the pic with dimes simply to show the magnet placements. Also I would suggest you make a template or use slow speed on the dremel to avoid making a bumpy line on your holes.


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President.Nulagi made it!(author)2009-08-15

Here's mine! It has a new led (shines as a new stud) and a keyring!

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kasunharshana made it!(author)2010-01-30
it's very grate.
 
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2%3D2 made it!(author)2009-09-10

No. I've done like 4 of these. The glue doesn't affect it in the slightest.

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Gunk+on+Floor made it!(author)2007-10-08

Megablocks suck. Period.

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Wiimote+Master made it!(author)2008-03-21

Uhhh guys you do know that megablocks are a branch off of legos dont you? Its to make competition without having to lose money.

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scott%21 made it!(author)2009-06-30

No, your thinking about megablox, there for very young children, because they are much larger, so the children can't swallow them, megabloks are made by their own company.

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monkeywidget made it!(author)2008-04-28

interesting theory... so they sued themselves then? Sounds like a very expensive cover for their conspiracy! Just yankin' yer chain a little bit Wiimote Master -- Actually, Mega Bloks are manufactured by Ritvik Holdings which was sued by LEGO Canada. They are indeed unrelated companies. And MegaBloks do too suck. Twice.

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zupperzipper made it!(author)2008-08-11

Indeed , they suck

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Shagglepuff made it!(author)2008-07-09

Who cares? Megablocks still suck

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bassclarinet23 made it!(author)2008-08-11

Yea

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benthekahn made it!(author)2008-06-12

Agreed.

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bounty1012 made it!(author)2008-04-11

ultimately to all extent

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axiszx made it!(author)2009-04-19

i got a 512mb flash drive free!! it had data on it but i cleared it and put my stuf on

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HoodedRanger made it!(author)2009-05-16

lol did u steal it?

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KR-S made it!(author)2009-03-31

yea..jsut made one of therse..worked really well..fitted all the inards in to a 2x4 block but had to grind down the usb and sides of the lego.and then used a 2x4 block for the lid..love it:)

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N1CK4ND0 made it!(author)2009-03-15

I used to be quite the lego fanatic.

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N1CK4ND0 made it!(author)2009-03-24

Here is the one I made:

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pinkston32 made it!(author)2009-02-16

Megablocks do suck, but that's probably why he cut it up...

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Nicolaclare7 made it!(author)2007-05-17

I'm trying to make a memory stick out of a cast of a wedge of lime. I will fill the cast with clear resin and place the memory stick in, and wait for it to harden. When the lime wedge is hard, with the memory stick inside,i plan to cut off the end of the wedge for a lid, so that the male part prodtrudes out when the lid is taken off. Does anyone know how i could cover the end bit of the memory stick so the resin doen't affect it? If this makes any sense i'd be glad of any ideas! Thank you!

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xerxesx20 made it!(author)2008-10-17

It won't be pretty, or for that matter a particularly accurate fit, ("But -- it just might work.") do you think thin plastic sheet, like cling film or a nice flat carrier bag section would resist the resin long enough for the resin to harden/cure? Don't forget to test it before you try it for real! Hope that helps.

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daviddd made it!(author)2008-09-25

OMG PADFOOT! YOU LIKE HARRY POTTER TOO?

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bassclarinet23 made it!(author)2008-08-14

Megablocks always come apart.

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qwertyboy made it!(author)2008-08-16

yeah, when my friend and I used to play with legos, whenever we found one, we'd throw it in the trash. evidently he got a set of them.

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lawizeg made it!(author)2008-08-14

I think it's alot better to have one of those thin pieces cover the bottom, and poke a hole through the brick so the light can shine through. That's what i did.

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lawizeg made it!(author)2008-08-14

Also, MEGABLOCKS SUCK!

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dunkley made it!(author)2007-04-29

Wow this is cool, can someone make me a red one with a lid- 2gb. I'll pay you a tenner including delivery. really cheap ones at amazon (Kingston Technology 2GB USB 2.0 Flash Pen Drive). PLEASE, i really want one but don't have the tools. Thanks :-)

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bassclarinet23 made it!(author)2008-08-14

Do you have Pliers?

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bassclarinet23 made it!(author)2008-08-14

They work just as well (Just not as easy as a dremmel.)

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uvalacrosse made it!(author)2007-02-18

does the key still work when its in the hot glue?

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bassclarinet23 made it!(author)2008-08-14

Mine did.

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xadow11 made it!(author)2007-06-05

will the glu hert the usb?

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bassclarinet23 made it!(author)2008-08-14

It didn't for me, I used hot glue.

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bassclarinet23 made it!(author)2008-07-10

I really liked it. The dremmel is hard to work with though. I chopped my brick up a little.

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AfterLunchDepression made it!(author)2008-06-19

Is there another way to thin out the sides besides sanding it? D:

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flesheater made it!(author)2008-05-13

now thats how you hide your usb drive.

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ficofeto made it!(author)2007-07-19

I'm having trouble opening a memorex traveldrive for 1 gig. if any body can help me i would be very grateful.

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