Introduction: Mad Scientist Shrink Ray

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What mad scientist's laboratory is complete without a Shrink Ray? Answer: None. So whether you just need to make all of your worldly possessions fit inside a matchbox, or bring your enemies down to size, you need a Shrink Ray.
So you've searched all the pawn shops and flea markets in the area and you just can't seem to find one; seems like its up to you to build one for yourself. Luckily, you found this Instructable to show you just how to build one. To start, here's a list of materials you'll need: Adjustable Lamp, Vaccuum Cleaner Motor (or other similar motor), Assortment of Springs(optional), Cambell's Soup Can, And anything that you think would be cool(it is your Shrink Ray, so get creative). Now, the materials list seems kinda short, but that's because you have to figure out what you want on your Shrink Ray; however, I will tell ya'll what I used as we go.

Step 1: Prepare Your Lamp

Part One: Take the lamp completely apart(or at least mostly). Since it's an adjustable lamp there should be some sort of weight in the base; your'e gonna want to keep this because it's the only thing that's gonna keep your Shrink Ray from flipping over and completely destroying all your hard work. Obviously, it's important. Part Two: Reassemble the lamp, but leave out the insides(this includes the power cord, we dont want anyone trying to actually plug this thing in!). Sorry, no pictures... I made this after I built the Ray, but you can figure it out can't you?

Step 2: Assemble the "Business End"

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Here's where ya'll get creative. You don't have to use the parts I used, but that's what I built it out of; therefore, that's what I'm going to talk about. Part One: You absolutely HAVE to build this part first. DO NOT try to build your Ray directly on the lamp. Failure is inevitable due to the unstable nature of the lamp. Take your Vaccuum Cleaner Motor or whatever you chose and attatch the "Concentrator"(that dish shaped piece on ray guns towards the end)to it. The Concentrator should be the transition between the motor and the "barrel" of the Ray assembly. I used hot glue being as that's what I had. If your looking at Instructables you probably own a hot glue gun and it shouldn't be a problem. Part Two: Now assemble the barrel. I used a clear plasic rod I found in a fax machine and the tip of a laser pointer. You can use a metal rod or pipe and a pen tip if you want. Feel free to experiment, since it's hot glue you can always tear it apart and try again(usually). Then, attatch the barrel to the concentrator.

Step 3: Attatch the Ray to the Base

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Now you have to use your brain. OMG NOT MY BRAIN! Yes, you will actually have to think. I don't know what kind of lamp you got so I can't really help you out here. My lamp had a reflective plate(which I used as the concentrator) that screwed into the lamp. I put a hole in a soup can and just scewed it on. (the soup can also serves as a transition between the ray and the base, which would be only aestetic on some lamps, and essential on others) Then, I hot glued the motor's fan to the can, thus connecting the ray to the base.

Step 4: Take Over the World!!!

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Now you can shrink stuff YAY!! Your lab is one step closer to completion. You mayalso decide to add switches and controls to the base, or just leave it like it is...your choice. Thanks for viewing my instructable (it's my first) and I hope y'all's Shrink Rays turn out nice!


patrickw149 (author)2017-01-23

I don't know how to build a shrink ray I wanted to do something with the shrink ray like shrink big things to make it small and normal

patrickw149 (author)patrickw1492017-01-23

I believe it's real I like to be scientist and build something and make something Experiment I just draw my art watch Nikolai Tesla all the time and Benjamin Franklin all the people

twisttwirllollipop (author)2016-05-02

Loving this shrink ray. Beautiful machinery. It fits my personality perfectly. Just wish it was portable. Got to use it on enimies, you know what I mean ya'll. Gotta blast!

Madprofessorjake (author)2015-10-02

Well it took some modifying and a bit more money, but i made it. It works as much as i expected. $268 in materials. Hooked it up to a 6500 generator. Ive done some "things" and im very pleased. Guess who is getting revenge on people. This guy. Thank you. You have no idea what kind of breakthrough this is for me. Im taking it to my science professor monday.

Arache (author)Madprofessorjake2015-10-26

Not to be a jerk but how do we know you're not lying

Technologygirl (author)2011-09-16

okay, i just read through the comments and realized, itdoesnt work??!!!! i'm a nerd for believing in shrink rays. :'( (bummin)... okay well anyway, nobody reply to that last comment beacause i answered my own question, but thx anyway for not answering, lol

No i dont think so me and my friend was really gonna shrik ourselves and we thought it was legit maybe there is a such thing a real shrink ray that we don't know about

really I knew it was fake all along!

Madprofessorjake (author)2015-10-02

Tyeishabanks76 (author)2015-03-15

cool and awesome man

Tyeishabanks76 (author)2015-03-15

Mattmann2 (author)2015-01-25

Can you buy this invention at any website? if so, where

pwhite16 (author)2014-02-12

Is The Shrink Ray Real

neoseek0518 (author)2011-12-22

Does it work or it is just a fake?because if it does not work i will try to create one that works.

my photo (author)2011-11-30

well too bad it is only a model but it is a good model anyways!!!!          signed: my photo                                                                                                                         

my photo (author)2011-11-13

your creation is the best!! i love it and soon ill change my picture to a bed!!

Technologygirl (author)2011-09-16

my question, this is the most important to me: does it actually positively work? I have to know before i try!!!!!!!!!!! if, you've tried it and it worked please reply. :)

srabe (author)2011-08-07

can things you shrink with the shrink ray turn back to normal size

srabe (author)2011-08-07

if you shrink a human can the human turn back into normal size

nocker (author)2008-11-20

Shrink Ray impossible you say? These guys have a Coin Shrinker!

techno guy (author)nocker2011-04-08

The coin shrinker actually works and it uses extremely high voltage and high levels of magnetism. You can shrink paper money too and you do it by immersing it in some chemical and then drying it out; I suppose that you can do it with hot water too.

tecnocubeguy (author)nocker2010-10-30

That's rather unbelievably terrifying.

hyperactiveguy (author)nocker2008-11-21

very interesting, but a true shrink ray would be able to shrink more than just metal, but that coin shrinker is AWESOME!!

trace2009 (author)2010-06-22

will this aculy work because i want to shrink my self and if it does then how do i get back to normal size

jackcday (author)trace20092011-02-13


my photo (author)2011-02-12

i relley want to

my photo (author)2011-02-12

i wish i cuold shrink the worst person in my whole intyer school................................ avery!!!!!!! and catalina

trace2009 (author)2010-12-05

I want to shrink myself so if i do how will i gwt back to normal size? Will my insides shrink with me and why don't you shrink yourself and do it back again so i no its ok to shrink myself

LinuxH4x0r (author)2008-11-17

Now just make it functional...

Actually, a functional shrink ray would (in theory) be impossible, because you'd have to shrink the actual atoms that make up the object.(I came up with that myself). However it would be really cool!

spork969 (author)hyperactiveguy2009-01-01

Ah, but you can reduce the distance BETWEEN the atoms. It would leave the weight the same, and decrease the size, raising the density. You would die, but you could shrink inanimate objects.

hyperactiveguy (author)spork9692009-01-01

I don't think the laws of physics currently allow that to happen... but interesting idea...

Currently? Are they going to change? I hope so. That way working portal guns could exist.

no,a functional shrink ray would be possible, because you can try to destroy about half the number of atoms, so that the object would be halved, but you won't get a perfect copy (because you can't decide wich atoms are deleted, making the object a big pile of atoms) an enlarging beam would be realistic too, but it can only be used do "duplicate" raw materials, no machines

I guess, but let's say you could shrink atoms...any living thing would inevatably die(can't breathe because atoms are different sizes making reactions impossible...But wouldn't your idea be a semi-disintegrator, not a true shrink ray?

yes, it would be a semi-desintegrator, but that shrinks anything too (destroying all the unstable atom's) but actually shrinking an atom itself, is impossible. but, an enlarging beam would be possible by inserting nanobots that are programmed to duplicate anything the nanobots aren't made of. and making the nanobots brake after a few hours.

One problem, how to make the nanobots? And again, living things would die.

making the nanobots is easy, they only have to make one, with two programs: 1. duplicate itself (let's say ten times) 2.after ten duplications, start duplicating (say nitrogen) atoms that should do the job

Nanobots=tiny. Microchip=small. How do you program a nanobot if the microchip won't fit in it? Nanobots are made of atoms, so how do we MAKE the nanobots, and CONTROL them, anyway, you can't beam the robots into something, Scotty! So how do the nanobots duplicate the inner atoms of an object?

there are ways to do that, scotty! nanobot's can duplicate themselves(atom's) so in theory they would be able to duplicate other atom's, and you can't control them, you give them a few lines of programming and they do that... but this would be the most realistic theory to make an enlarging beam. a shrink ray should be possible NOW if it sprays acid with high pressure onto the object.

Well if it's possible now why aren't we BUILDING one?! I guess people think Iphones are cooler.

well, the acid (probably Sulfuric acid) would be a too expensive, the special clothing would be too expensive, the materials would be expensive, the project would be 'highly' dangerous... need more reasons?


Lowney (author)2009-07-02


hyperactiveguy (author)Lowney2009-07-13

of this? It didn't do anythin but sit there...but the glue holding it together started to break n eventually it fell completely glue isn't the best for the long term...sorry

Lowney (author)hyperactiveguy2009-07-29

Oh right yeah I didn't read this through properly then! I though that it may spin round or light up or something. It's still nice though

Default117 (author)2009-03-06

Haha me too

Zippy_Pyromaniac (author)2009-01-06

useful for scaring people, like get your friend that ur showing around ur house and say, "yah, this is my shrink ray i got off the net. You should see what it can do to squirrels, and how it destroys toupees!" :]

Ha ha! It does look like it could do some damage!

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