Yet another chapter in the "Let A Sculptor Make Drawings And Paintings Chronicles" Now with video!
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Step 1: Build a Vibrobot

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You've seen them all before: Vibrobots. Neat little toys using a pager motor, a toothbrush head, and a battery. Cute, aren't they?

Step 2: My not-so-cute Vibrobot

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I only had AA batteries on hand. Using one battery on top of the motor on top of the bristles proved too top heavy. So I added another battery as ballast and hung them low around the bristles. Note my extra swanky on/off switch: a rubber band.

Step 3: Paint, and a surface

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Dip your bristles into some thinned out acrylic paints, some ink, chocolate sauce, whatever.

The bot seemed sluggish on a soft surface, so I placed a sheet of sketch paper on a drawing board.

Turn it on, set it on the paper and once again marvel at the magic of the artistic process.

Spirograph has nothing on Vibrobot.

aazzaki9 months ago
my vibrobot

Looks great.

ynze2 years ago
Your video's are published as "private" on YouTube. Can you make them public? I'm curious how your bots move...
hay_jumper (author)  ynze2 years ago
Sorry about that. Should be public now. Let me know if not.
ynze hay_jumper2 years ago
Cool! Thanks!
gmjhowe7 years ago
sweet, u get some nice effects there, i was just trying to turn an old toohbrush into one of these, but i cut thru the wire! no soldering iron *sobs*
hay_jumper (author)  gmjhowe7 years ago
I added no solder on this... Electrical tape, hot glue and rubber bands are all that make this run. Don't despair, but ask yourself "What would MacGuyver do in this situation?"
who the hell is macguyver
You must be joking, right?
getout NOW!!!!.bmp
Oh. . . you're Chuck Norris. . . that's great.

that's sad.
seeing as nobody in the last year has decided to be helpful, I'll step up to the plate: macguyver is a guy from an old tv show that would use random objects to make amazing inventions (ie using sodium, a jar, and water to make a bomb to blow out a wall).
thats a load of bullsh*t, where would one get some pure sodium when in an emergency -_-
probably from a lab somewhere. I think that's where he was trapped. anyway, I've never watched the show, but the mythbusters did a thing on it and it didn't work.
yah, i know, thats why i claimed it was bullshit :)
jjj_9 dunnos5 years ago
jjj_9 dunnos5 years ago
jjj_9 dunnos5 years ago
trust me, its a resolder job. i never was a fan of macguyver (b4 my time)
LucDaRocka15 years ago
Gonazar7 years ago
it seems to only make circular patterns, maybe you can use a combination of motors to get a more random movement?
jjj_9 Gonazar5 years ago
u could make bristlebots they tend to go staright or in big circles
makechan7 years ago
I have done this with a simple solar powered BEAM bot with two "twitching leg" motors. The bot goes toward light with a zigzag motion. I taped a Sharpie as a tail and let the beast go on a slab of cardboard on my roof. Thirty minutes later a spiral shape with a punctuated dots, where the bot was charging, was there. My project was very simple, considering i had the bot made already.
Patented7 years ago
Nice things!
budsiskos7 years ago
you should try putting a servo on the top to control ballast so you could remotely control it
That's awesome. Maybe put some stuff around the paper so it doesn't go out of control. Nice job.