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Not just anyone can perform surgery. It takes decades of schooling and years of experience to become a surgeon. Fortunately, most anyone can not only play operation, but build their own custom operation game. In this way you can practice removing unnecessary bits from whatever sentient life-form you wish. You may not get a surgical license for this, but you will surely have a better time than attending medical school.
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Step 1: Go get stuff

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You will need:

- 4 "AA" Battery Holder (Model: 270-391 | Catalog #: 270-391)
- (x2) Red LED with Holder (Model: 276-084 | Catalog #: 276-084)
- 75dB Piezo Electric Buzzer (Model: 273-054 | Catalog #: 273-054)
- 220 ohm 1/4W 5% Carbon Film Resistor (Model: 271-1313 | Catalog #: 271-1313)
- Enercell® "AA" Alkaline Batteries (4-Pack) (Model: AA-4PK | Catalog #: 23-849)
- Robot operation template (see attached)
- Operation pieces
- (x4) 1/4" x 1-1/14" bolts with nuts
- (x4) Washers
- (x4) Rubber bolt covers
- 11 x 17 mat board.
- Aluminum foil
- Two zip ties

Step 2: Glue

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Cover your mat board with spray glue and center your robot cut template on top.

Smooth it out to get rid of air bubbles and make sure it is attached well.

Step 3: Cut

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Use a craft knife to cut out the inner pieces by following the outlines.

Step 4: Glue some more

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Flip your board over and spray the back with glue. Firmly attache a sheet of aluminum over top of the entire back side.

Step 5: Aluminum edges

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Flip the board back over. Trim away the excess aluminum foil from around the board's edges

Carefully cut the inner shapes and fold the aluminum up and over the lips of the opening onto the picture side.

Step 6: More holes

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Cut two small 1/4" holes at the end of the robot's antennae.

Step 7: LEDs

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Pass your LED assemblies down through these openings and securely fasten them in place.
Can you do it without the screws?
I'm a bit confused on the circuitry...do you have a schematic I could follow?
Wire from bolt --> Positive 4.5V

Positive wires from LEDs --> one side of resistor

Positive wires from buzzer & wire from tweezers --> other side of resistor

All ground wires --> Just connect them all together.

When the tweezers touch the foil, it connects the bolt wire and the tweezer wire, sending electricity through the resistor and into the LED and buzzer.

Hope this helps.

The attached .eps file is just an outline, not an actual colored robot. And where do you get the operation pieces?

Great job on the instructable!

Awesome! Will be making this soon!
scwirral3 years ago
This might be a good starting point for a PICAXE project. Each opening could be isolated and connected to a different input. You could then program the PICAXE to keep scores for Player 1 and 2, or you could make the game harder by telling the player which item they must lift next.

I might use this idea with my students. They can bring in the old nokia ringtone tunes, their choice of patient etc. Very cool!

All the software can be developed as flowcharts.
agis683 years ago
yes doctor.....there's my gear and i pain!!!
Love it! I'll be on the lookout for an old Operation game at a yard sale.
keitha514 years ago
Wow, cool idea.
Lindie4 years ago
This is better than the original game!