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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.
- jam jar collective
- full circle arts
- Ashish Derhgawen for this article http://www.codeproject.com/KB/system/floppystepper.aspx
- More floppy drive info: http://www.interfacebus.com/PC_Floppy_Drive_PinOut.html
Step 1: Take apart the floppy
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!