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Reusing old electronics

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If you are like me and often take apart used, broken, or even just useless electronic devices, then you probably wonder "Well... what should I do with all this cool stuff." or if you're like my mom, you wonder "What are you gonna use all this junk for !?" Answering these questions, there are many things to do with old electronics. In this instructable I will show you how to reuse those old electronic components or circuit boards by converting them into sculptures!
 
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Step 1: Gathering materials

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Of course you can use those old electronics for new projects, but what do you do with the circuit board and other components extracted that were not used? Store them until you need them for another project? Throw them out? No. Make some cool sculptures!

Gathering The Materials
There are a few things you need for sculpting, Wire cutters, Hot glue, and a Screwdriver. These will aid you in the demolition of your device along with the sculpting of your electronic figure.

When collecting materials for a sculpture, it is important to have a clear idea of what you want to make. Try to find a large number of smaller circuit boards for arms, legs, feet, and other things depending on what creature you are making. Buttons, Speakers, Gears, Jacks, and small metal pieces make great fillers that tie together the whole sculpture. When finding you pieces, try to envision what you are going to use the piece for. It is important to gather many pieces since, most of the time the pieces do not workout how you had planned.
lynzay_4 months ago

Just remember, You can make anything!
and it doesnt have to be made out of just computer parts,
stuff like old projectors, boomboxes, (pretty much anything made in japan 60s-90s)
can be bought for next to nothing at recycling centres or the dump, and have amazing peices of electrical and mechanics in them that you can utilise in your design, all my plane needs now is a good propeller :)

often times you dont know what your building till it starts to take form! the plane wasnt a plane until I imagined the big cog as a spinning gun turret!

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redsunmtm1 year ago
hi, good one, take a look here:
http://redsunmtm.gheberg.eu/index.php/sculpture
i am doing this kind of scrapping for years now
vicsradios2 years ago
I don't know how old you are, but your sculptures are very creative. Now this old man is going to try his hand at it. You inspired me. Thanks, and keep up the good work.
ktambuli2 years ago
whoa. .transform ! . .like it
isamuel2 years ago
whao dis great,but i will add battery and a bulb 2 make it luk lyk a real one
RAM HAREETH2 years ago
cool
leonyeg2 years ago
this is great man thanks!!
skate16002 years ago
soz add the camera
skate16002 years ago
i luv it!!! im tryin 2 make a kinda robot which is waterproof, but still have all of the electronic parts which some r just for show, but others work that can do...
:voice interactive, stick a small router in its kinda stomach(gotta be pretty light tho)
can charge up my iphone, add a couple of speakers and walla!!! lol its finished. ive got upto charge iphone, but its gettin a bit heavy tho...................
voted, faved and followed
and 2000 views in one day
CUclimbing (author) 2 years ago
600 in one day! Thanks for all the views!
Thats coz these robots rule!!!!!
yeh
really good, just wish i saw this before i took all my old junk to the tip
my mum made me throgh out my huge box of computer parts
djhusi2 years ago
Awsome idea :D nicely done
Sorry, I must get going my Johnny5 isn't going to build itself.... or?
lancruz2 years ago
Very Cool! I know now what to do with my dead components.
Cheers
Burnsides2 years ago
That's awesome!
I created these for a different instructable, the Desktop Decepticon, but I think it can fit in this category also. :)

Made with a cell phone, and old modem parts. Articulation at left shoulder allows up and down movement, and articulation at neck allows rotation of head.

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verdastel2 years ago
Cool instructable! and considerably easy to be done by most of us. I bet the first thing most people would ask when seeing them for the first time is: "Wow, what can those robots do?" :D
SinAmos2 years ago
This is actually something I've been working on, but because superglue never stays usable, I never went forward. At this point, I am desoldering endless parts, but for electronic use, but I totally love this style of art.
Reffner2 years ago
DIY Transformers... LOVE IT. You did a great job. Now if I could find the time to do this with the loads of stuff I have lying around.
jman 312 years ago
Nice work! Those are very cool and well done. No big blobs of hot glue or anything.
CUclimbing (author)  jman 312 years ago
That you know of, haha just kidding. To avoid blobs i assemble the arms and legs before i put them on so it is easier to work with.
Jiggsy2 years ago
This, this is my DREAM! Thanks so much for putting down the basics!
CUclimbing (author)  Jiggsy2 years ago
No problem, Thanks for the comment
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