Introduction: DIY Motorized Turntable

Made from reclaimed and 3D printed parts...

Minimal cost

Out of pocket is only a dollar or two worth of filament, a couple of screws and nuts, four adhesive pads.

Step 1: Print the Parts

STL files can be found on Thingiverse...

My parts were printed with a 0.8mm nozzle to minimize printing time.

Though a standard 0.4mm nozzle can be used.

Step 2: Hardware

Reclaimed Hardware / Parts:

  • Turntable gear motor from old microwave - 120v - 5/6 revs/min - 7mm shaft.
  • A/C power cord
  • SPST rocker switch

New Stuff:

  • Two 4mm screws and nuts
  • Four adhesive feet / bumpers. I had some felt pads laying around to use.

Step 3: Tools

3D Printer

Soldering Iron / Solder

Screwdriver(s) / Wrenches / Pliers (depends on the screws you have).

Wire Stripper / Cutter / Knife

Step 4: Motor and Switch

Install motor

  • Use the 4mm screws and nuts to attach to inside of base unit.

Install SPST rocker switch.

Step 5: Wiring

Insert the power wire.

I just knotted it for strain relief.

Be sure to leave plenty to reach the motor.

Strip the outer sheath.

Cut and strip the wires to length.

  • One directly to the motor.
  • The other to one tab on the back of the switch.
  • Then from the other tab on the switch to the motor.

Solder the wires in place

Step 6: Finishing Up

Install the pads to the bottom of the base.

Install the turntable top to the motor shaft.

Plug in the power cord and test.