Introduction: Upgrade Your Egg to Mech!
Runner Up in the
Egg Contest 2016
In Easter you can see eggs of all kinds: painted eggs, decorated eggs, chocolate eggs, candy eggs, boiled eggs, and so on.
So, I wanted to make something different with my eggs, so I created a Mech Egg!
For building it, I used plastic parts from toys and two piano keys. The egg base was made with a deodorant cap.
This instructable has two parts:
- How to make the Mech body (motionless) to use it as eggcup (WARNING: this is a prototype and uses plastic junk from different sources. Food safety is not guaranteed.)
- How to install an electric motor to transform it into a VibroMech Egg!
I'm participating in the Egg Contest. If you like my instructable, your vote will be very appreciated!
(Here is a previous instructable using a plastic egg, just in case you need more ideas)
Step 1: Materials
You can find most of the materials from broken toys. Even from a toy gun I got the motor and some cables, and the triggers from four guns where used as pincers for the robot.
So basically, I need the following items:
- Deodorant cap
- 4 plastic triggers from toy guns
- 2 piano keys
- 2 blue covers for electric sockets
- 1 chair from R/C car
- 1 plastic box for earplugs
- 4 iron long pieces
- 1 3V motor
- 1 switch
- 1 AA batteries holder
- bolts, screws and iron washers
- Assorted plastic pieces from toys.
- Super glue
- Dremel rotary tool
- hot glue gun
- soldering iron
Step 2: Pincers
I found two plastic pieces from a R/C car, and they look very suitable for the arms, so I drilled them and attached the triggers using bolts and screws, to make them look like pliers.
Step 3: Egg's Cockpit
Using a screw, I attached the deodorant cap to the plastic chair. Then I drilled a hole in each side, to attach the arms using screws and bolts.
Step 4: Legs
I attached a socket cover (foot) to an end of each piano key, and I attached the iron pieces to the middle of the keys.
Step 5: Attaching the Legs
Before drilling the holes, I had to check where was the best place to put the legs. I tested with a boiled egg, to verify the center of gravity of the mech, even considering the installation of batteries and motor. After that, I attached the legs using screws and bolts.
Step 6: Time to Test It for Breakfast!
Why everytime I use the kitchen, it has to become a mess?
After eating the egg, it was time for the second upgrade: VibroMech Egg!
Step 7: Motor Backpack
The mechanism works with a basic electric circuit: batteries are connected to a motor and a switch in one of the cables activates the mech.
I modified an earplugs plastic box to house the motor, and I drilled some holes to pass through the cables.The motor was fixed inside the box using hot glue. The switch was installed in the clip of the box.
Step 8: Attaching the Electric Circuit
Using screws and some hot glue, I attached the motor backpack and the batteries holder to the back of the mech.
Step 9: Unbalanced Weight
I fixed a plastic knob to the motor plastic attachment, and I inserted a screw in the knob, to add some weight.
I attached the unbalanced weigth to the motor.
I placed a new boiled egg in the cockpit and I painted a "revenge" face on it. MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
Enjoy your eggs!
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