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This instructable is on how to build a Rubber-Band Powered Bug! A Rubber-Band Powered Bug is very similar to a "Bristle Bot". Just not on a toothbrush and not battery powered. (More Green Power!) Also if you carry around weird stuff (I do!) like a paper clip, a rubber band, wire, and pliers you can build one anywhere!


Step 1: Stuff you need:

Picture of Stuff you need:
To build a rubber band powered bug you need:
Large Paper Clip
Small Paper Clip
Small Rubber band about 1 in long
5 in wire or twist tie
Small counter weight (I used a Capacitor) You don't really need this, but it works better with it.
Pliers
Hot Glue
 
monkeys985 years ago
how does it actually work put the movie in slow mo so i can see
nidobrito6 years ago
Very cool...is the "Rubberpunk"(lol a rubber steampunk) bristle bot.
Cool! You have my vote.
iectyx3c6 years ago
This is cool. It is so minimal and the randomness factor is awesome. I want to build this with a two pointed pencil stub for the weight and see what neat random drawing it makes on a big sheet of paper.
i like your stuff.and this is cool.dont take this the wrong way but the bristlebot takes the gold and you take thhe silver.but good job.i made a bristlebot out of 2 heads a nine volt and the motor.i also made an altoids boat.pretty cool too.
computergeek (author)  drummerboy9116 years ago
Thanks! It's hard to top the original "Bristle Bot". I still am wondering about th eklutz contest right after the thing with the bristle bots.
Kryptonite6 years ago
Hmm, it appears to be a wind up rubber band powered plane, without the propellor! How long does it take to wind? Is there a better method for winding? How long will one wind last for? Very well done I must say, I've always loved paper clip based instructables. Happy vibro-paper clipping!
computergeek (author)  Kryptonite6 years ago
Basically. I can wind it up in about 30 seconds. Usually I take the band off one of the hooks and twist it between my fingers. Other than that you might be able to use a winder for a rubber band powered airplane. Depending on how much you wind it up it lasts 3-6 seconds.
Whoah that's cool. Deffinitely a vote from me.
computergeek (author)  Kryptonite6 years ago
Thanks! I appreciate it.
lemonie6 years ago
It's alive!!! Have you got anything heavier than the capacitor? - I'm thinking that it would move more slowly but for longer. L
computergeek (author)  lemonie6 years ago
It should. I thought about using a small piece of lead of r/c aircraft. But I didn't use it because it is lead.
sageserver6 years ago
cool!
computergeek (author)  sageserver6 years ago
Thanks!