Introduction: Pocket Sized Electronic Eraser

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Have you ever gone to a Smiggle shop and saw the electronic erasers?
You unhappily go home thinking how much you want it and wonder how to get the money.
Well that dilemma is finally over! Make this cheap small pocket-sized electronic eraser and save up to $10!

This is a entry to the pocket sized competition.

Step 1: Materials

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You will need:
- a small electronic motor
- a push switch
- a 3 volt small battery (energizer cr2025)
- 3 wires (short)
- The case (I used a i-mini white out pen)
- masking tape
-and an eraser (obviously)

Step 2: The Case

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To open the case, I used a small screwdriver to lever it open. Take out the gears and other things, and then you can use them in another project.
There will be a few poles coming out of one side and connectors on the other side. I used pliers to bend the plastic until it snapped off.
I then put the case back together and drilled a hole through the top of the case. Try to put the motor in first and see where to put the hole for the button.

Step 3: The Electronics

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The electronics will make it so that when you press the switch, the engine spins.
This is done by soldering a wire to one of the pins of the switch, for the battery.
Another wire from the other pin to a pin on the motor.
And a wire from the other pin on the motor for the other side of the battery.
Use some masking tape to attach the battery to the two wires.
When you press the button, the motor should turn.

If not :
-are the wires attached properly?
-does the battery have charge?
-Does the motor work
-Does the button work
-are the wires broken?

Step 4: Putting It Together

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Put everything in one half of the case like pictured below.
You should be able to just fit everything into it. Take the other half and put it over the top.
There will be a large gap between the two parts. Put masking tape around it to keep it together and tighten the screw on the button.

Step 5: The Eraser

Picture of The Eraser

So what's the use of a motor in a case?
I had a motor lying around (the inside) and used it to poke a small hole in the eraser.
I just pushed it onto the end of the motor and it stayed and worked.

Step 6: The End

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You have now saved $10 and made an even smaller electronic eraser than the one at smiggle!

The End
hope you had fun!


rubberman7 (author)2009-09-03

this is so weird i thought i invented that idea 5 years ago! right now im making a more advanced one its going to be called electro eraser ill post it soon and please vote!

pancho del rancho (author)2009-08-17

theres electronic erasers thats just lazy now

danm95 (author)2009-07-22

What's smiggle?

smeagle (author)danm952009-07-23

Its a shop that sells stationary that is very popular (smelly rubbers, electronic erasers, lava lamp rulers/sharpeners and ball through maze staionary) is the website

danm95 (author)smeagle2009-07-23

oh, thanks for telling me ive never seen one.

amakerguy (author)2009-07-18

nice idea.... I think someone could do better. add a plastic case and less bulky

smeagle (author)amakerguy2009-07-23

It isn't very bulky, about 5cm long and 4cm wide

smeagle (author)2009-07-17

I changed it to eraser for less confusion ;)

keng (author)2009-07-14 eraser......ahhhhh.....see "rubber" means something different in the states and the pic didn't make any sense with that eraser.....k, got it.

Javin007 (author)keng2009-07-15

Right there with ya.

Padlock (author)keng2009-07-14

Haha.. That's exactly what I thought when I first saw it.
Suggestion to the author: maybe replace rubber with massager or some other synonym.

ironsmiter (author)Padlock2009-07-15

Pencil erasers do NOT make for good sex toys. especially when it's a high-speed rotating eraser. Eraser(or at least "Rubber(eraser for you yanks)") is definately the word we are looking for here.

zuixro (author)keng2009-07-14

Yeah, I was confused too...

Marble of Doom (author)keng2009-07-14

I was thinking the same thing!

Gypsyman (author)keng2009-07-14

yeah i was so confused about this....

The Ideanator (author)keng2009-07-14

nope, I was thinking the same thing as you

inventivefiend (author)keng2009-07-14

Yeah. I think rubber is the word they use in Australia. Perhaps the UK too.

camiller (author)2009-07-14

I have not seen an electric eraser since the time when draftsmen actually drew plans on paper rather than cad systems. Wonder if it would be possible to flatten the tip of the drive shaft so it would grip the eraser better. Nicely done.

ironsmiter (author)camiller2009-07-15

A small dollop of epoxy in the eraser(Let it squish out a bit) or Superglue, should hold the eraser head just fine. When you need to replace the head, a little sandpaper should remove any last remnants of the old eraser.

Berserk87 (author)2009-07-14

ive never seen and electric eraser :o bit curious how well it works.

dshadowy1 (author)Berserk872009-07-14

Staedtler makes one. It is sitting right in front of me on my desk. It's great for drafting work.

Berserk87 (author)dshadowy12009-07-14

just did a youtube search for em, work very good for small areas. where a normal eraser removes a lot and would take a fair amount of effort to get the small errors.

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