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In this tutorial I am going to show you, how to make your own Rubik USB Flash Drive

You can see the finished product in the following video:

 
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Step 1: What you need

material:
  • a very small usb flash drive (e.g. EagleTec USB Nano Flash Drive or Delock USB Nano Memory stick)
    (e.g. from http://usb.brando.com/eagletec-usb-nano-flash-drive_p00892c041d15.html)
  • a corner piece of a Rubik's Cube
  • an edge piece of a Rubik's Cube
  • self-hardening synthetic clay (I used “Apoxie® Sculpt”)
  • a lip balm stick (I used a ”Labello“)
  • a small screw (I got mine out of an old dvd player, it's about ~0.6 cm high)
  • a washer Ø 1.2 cm
  • Tiles or stickers (e.g. from cubesmith.com)
tools:
  • a Dremel (Felt Polishing Wheel, different grinding stones, precision drills) (you don't have to get a very expensive one, I got mine pretty cheap on ebay)
  • a small slotted screwdriver (to apply the clay)
  • sandpaper (400, 800, 1000)
  • a black permanent marker
  • a small saw (I used one for metal)
  • a box cutter

Step 2: Modify the flash drive

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First cut off the plastic casing of the flash drive (please don't cut into your fingers, nor any important part of the flash drive!)
Then apply the clay in order to secure the parts, make sure not to get any inside off the metal part.
While the clay is drying (it takes minimum 3h if you would like to grain it, you should let it dry over night) you can manipulate the pieces of your cube. I took the spare pieces from a Siamese Cube which I made earlier.
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kaikudo4 years ago
what size of Rubiks Cube did you use?
BrittLiv (author)  kaikudo4 years ago
the pieces are from a 3x3x3 cube
thanks :D
avr1l4 years ago
AWESOME UR AMAZING..................... I LOVE THIS IM GONNA MAKE ONE LOVE UR WORK
amazingly easy to solve rubick's cube.... only 2 cubes.... much easer than the customary 27....
Genius!! GENIUS I TELL YOU!!
 
Valche4 years ago
Haha! Amazingly creative, great job!

I'm also surprised that they can make USB sticks that small, crazy!
BrittLiv (author)  Valche4 years ago
Thanks a lot, yeah I was suprised, too. There is actually a micro SDHC card inside.
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Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
rac_lis2 years ago
I'm a bit lost on step 6 if you could please explain it better. Tks
BrittLiv (author)  rac_lis1 year ago
What part of step six are you stuck at?
mazingo3 years ago
This must be the best instructable I've seen yet.

You should sell these!
http://www.dealextreme.com/p/rubiks-cube-retractable-usb-2-0-flash-jump-drive-keychain-4gb-24385 again....not a new idea. But good do it your self!
BrittLiv (author)  mkarvonen2 years ago
Before you criticize you should go through an instructable.... I'm saying in the video that it is inspired by the original USB flash drive. What would the world be without improvement?
fredlb3 years ago
it's the best job i can see for an usb drive !!
very very good !
green_bean3 years ago
hi, first off, great instructable! Anyway, I was wondering if you used the cubesmith tiles or stickers in the usb that appears in your video, as I can't really tell on the website, but I like the look of your one! Thanks
BrittLiv (author)  green_bean3 years ago
Hi, I've used the tiles, the quality is a lot better, I made it about a year ago and they still look like new.
THIS. IS. AWE. SOME.
simfire6874 years ago
where is the flash drive part?? it looks like a usb imput with nothing on it
BrittLiv (author)  simfire6874 years ago
This is what you see, if you take the cube pieces apart and take a look inside of the top part. The flash drive is on the other side of this grey thing you can see in the middle of the picture.
i really dont see the flash drive is it even in there
BrittLiv (author)  alexa12124 years ago
Hi, yes it is, check out step two. The flash drive is very, very small...
i really dont see the flash drive is it even in there
its there, just the flash drive he used is REALLY small, most do stick out alot farther than that like quater inch his did.
russm3134 years ago
Excellent work, I will be making one of these very soon.
sjoobbani4 years ago
 THIS IS AMAZING. THANK YOU SO MUCH.
 Asking, is it possible to also make one of these if the USB drive is longer then your small one?
One of my friends had a tiny flash drive like this today, but it has a slot to put in a Micro SD card so as long as you have a Micro SD card you can use that.  I found one on DX for 4 bucks.
www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.25558
Sure, but you'll probably need 3(or even 4) cube pieces, for longer drives.


 It would look better if it has the 3 cubes in it because it would look like the cube side, but how would I make it work?

BrittLiv (author)  MrL33TPenguin4 years ago
lol it took me forever to make the drive fit into two pieces, because if you use more then two pieces it wil not be fully functional anymore. Just glue the top and the middle pieces together and you will be able to use a longer drive. If your drive is only 3 mm or so longer it should still fit into two pieces.
Ok then, I'll try that. Hopefully it won't try out that bad..
Applebohn4 years ago
I love it!
Kaiven4 years ago
The best most epic flash drive ever. I want one now!
newtonn24 years ago
 This is the best modified USB flash drive I've ever seen! even here in instructables!! Very good job!
Salsa7664 years ago
 does it still work?
BrittLiv (author)  Salsa7664 years ago
Yes it does
raykholo4 years ago
 wouldnt it be cool if we could code this?
for example, if four cube pieces were used in a row, it would be possible to put some small strips of metal on a certain side of each one, so the usb's +5 connection would only be made with a certain color combination?
totally pointless but it would be cool to see that happen...
BrittLiv (author)  raykholo4 years ago
To be honest I thought about this too. I wanted to close the contacts only when the colours are lined up in the right way, but the space was simply to small.
gtrain4 years ago
does the actual usb work?
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