Make a fun spiral drawing robot out of an old floppy drive and arduino!Click here for the video!
Stuart and I wanted to design a project that would be a good introduction to upcycling electronics, robotics, arduino, art with maths/code. We came up with a drawing robot based on an old floppy drive.
Step 1: take apart the floppy
We need to get at the insides, so take off the lid and have a look inside. We need to remove the loading tray which can often be lifted out when it's in the eject position. Others have a latch or springs that need to be released. Have a look and work out what works for your drive!
Remove the top of the read/write head and put the screws back in so you don't lose them!
Also, now is a good time to make the drive think that a floppy is loaded (otherwise it won't spin up the platter). So use some bluetack or glue down one of the microswitches on the left hand side. You could also bypass one by removing one and soldering a wire between the contacts.
Keep hold of all the small screws and springs because they'll be useful in other projects!