Making a Cyborg Arm for Design Night (in Autodesk Gallery)

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(This is for Tim, an awesome Artist in Residence and a fantastic friend. I hope our paths meet again)

When I was invited to the Design Night (about DIY) in the Autodesk Gallery, my first thought was "what will I wear?". So I took an all time favorite classic and I gave it a party twist. And I'm talking about my old cyborg armor.

Ladies and Gentlemen: I give you my Cyborg Arm, Mark 4, denomination "Party Crusher".

What are the improvements?
  • More ergonomic: lighter, softer in the inside and with a better handle.
  • More portable: It's smaller than the previous versions, but big enough for a good impression.
  • Easier to make: Its design was simplified.
  • Cool cup holder: Now you don't have to remove your cyborg arm for drink a shot. Why using your bare hands when you can drink with style?

So, I took a bunch of e-waste and plastic trash and started this project. At the end, I got an interesting piece that was the atraction of the party. It's a shame I don't have the video when I went up to the DJs scaffold and he played "Intergalactic" of Beastie Boys...
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Step 1: Materials and stuff

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I used the following stuff:
  • 1 pair of plastic skis for children
  • 2 laptop power adaptators
  • 1 electric screwdriver
  • 2 4in x 5/8in mending braces
  • 8 corner brace inside L (2in. x 5/8in.)
  • 2 corner brace inside L (1in. x 1/2in.)
  • 1 4AA batteries holder
  • 1 damaged emergency flashlight (big enough for housing your hand)
  • 1 big Thermo's cap
  • 1 damaged tower fan
  • 1 damaged baby stroller (I used the bottle table and some tubes)
  • 1 damaged plastic table set for babies (I used the front support)
  • black plastic junk pieces
  • Nuts, screws and bolts
  • Iron washers
  • Wire
  • Superglue (cyanoacrylate)
  • Cellulose sponges
I made a Cyborg Eye, too. I used the following stuff:
  • Damaged digital camera
  • Red LED
  • 1 330 Ohm resistor
  • Wire
  • 1 2 AA batteries holder
  • Tiara from a Wild Planet exploration glasses
  • Flat wire or a black rubber band.


Dremel Rotary Tool
Wire cutters
Screwdriver kit
Soldering Iron

And don't forget:

1. If you don't have it, replace it!
2. Use protective equipment (dust mask and goggles)
3. Beware of drilled and soldered hot surfaces
4. Work in a good ventilated area.
5. Always have junk in stock.
6. Have fun.
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caboaza1 year ago
buen diseño .............
M.C. Langer (author)  caboaza1 year ago
Muchas gracias
torstenp161 year ago
awesome project! If I use this in one of my movies, I'll credit you and send you the link.
M.C. Langer (author)  torstenp161 year ago
Thank you!
patbking1 year ago
I know that's awesome and any one can build it with money, time, and the right parts
M.C. Langer (author)  patbking1 year ago
Oh yeah!
patbking1 year ago
How much did this cost you
M.C. Langer (author)  patbking1 year ago
Time: one week.
Money: I don't know. Maybe $20 in bought materials. The rest was found on the street or the garbage.
patbking1 year ago
this is a must build
M.C. Langer (author)  patbking1 year ago
Thanks Pat! And is not so complicated!
Hello! The Autodesk social media team loved your project so much that we included it in a post we created on BuzzFeed. Check out your work featured here:

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M.C. Langer (author)  blakemenezes1 year ago
Thank you very much, Blake! It's awesome!!! And it's an honor for me to be included in your post :-)

My e-mail is, but you can find me on Pier 9.

Have an amazing day!


Mario Caicedo-Langer
Artist in Residence
J-Five1 year ago
Does anyone need an operation?
M.C. Langer (author)  J-Five1 year ago
Eat your heart out, Macgyver.
M.C. Langer (author)  flyingpuppy1 year ago
walshlg1 year ago
you are a wild a d craaaaaazy guy! well done, love the use of salvage toys etc and the best though is the idea of the electric screwdriver to get a low speed gearbox!
M.C. Langer (author)  walshlg1 year ago
Thanks Walshlg!
your best instructable!!!!!!!!!!
M.C. Langer (author)  mind.the.gap1 year ago
Thanks Max!!! :-)
Coool :). Thanks for sharing. And I want the maroon robot t-shirt :D
M.C. Langer (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya1 year ago
Thanks to you, Tarun! :-)
Instructables T-shirts are cool.!!
I have the gray one, looking for more colors. To start with maroon :D
The gray one it´s the only one that I don't have.I have in green,black,blue,Brown,orange even the learn-make share one.=(
M.C. Langer (author)  Mr.Sanchez1 year ago
A Mario le gusta esto.
Carleyy1 year ago
Very awesome Mario! And fun to play with....I can be a cyborg too!
M.C. Langer (author)  Carleyy1 year ago
You are an AWESOME CYBORG, Carley! Indeed, this cyborg arm looks better on you! :-)
I like the cup holder
M.C. Langer (author)  NightHawkInLight1 year ago
Your cyborg stuff is so awesome! I may just take some tips from you and make a cyborg costume this Halloween.
M.C. Langer (author)  depotdevoid1 year ago
Awesome Ian! Thanks!
HollyMann1 year ago
How awesome! I Love it!!! Does it have a name? :)
M.C. Langer (author)  HollyMann1 year ago
Thanks Holly! It's the Cyborg Arm Mark 4, denomination "Party Crusher" :-)
Incredible!!! You're amazing with your creations!
M.C. Langer (author)  HollyMann1 year ago
Thanks a lot beautiful!!! :-)

This is my last month in San Francisco :-(
aww that is sad. :( I'm sure they'll miss you there!!! Can't stay longer? :)
M.C. Langer (author)  HollyMann1 year ago
I wish, but I don't think so.
Mr.Sanchez1 year ago
Bravo maestro !!
M.C. Langer (author)  Mr.Sanchez1 year ago
Gracias colega!
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