Mad Scientist Shrink Ray

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Introduction: Mad Scientist Shrink Ray

About: I'm a mad scientist that's not so much bent on world domination, but just to get rid of those pesky skateboarder kids down the street who can't seem to figure out that when a car comes...GET OUT OF THE WAY!!! …

What mad scientist's laboratory is complete without a Shrink Ray? Answer: None. So whether you just need to make all of your worldly possessions fit inside a matchbox, or bring your enemies down to size, you need a Shrink Ray.
So you've searched all the pawn shops and flea markets in the area and you just can't seem to find one; seems like its up to you to build one for yourself. Luckily, you found this Instructable to show you just how to build one. To start, here's a list of materials you'll need: Adjustable Lamp, Vaccuum Cleaner Motor (or other similar motor), Assortment of Springs(optional), Cambell's Soup Can, And anything that you think would be cool(it is your Shrink Ray, so get creative). Now, the materials list seems kinda short, but that's because you have to figure out what you want on your Shrink Ray; however, I will tell ya'll what I used as we go.

Step 1: Prepare Your Lamp

Part One: Take the lamp completely apart(or at least mostly). Since it's an adjustable lamp there should be some sort of weight in the base; your'e gonna want to keep this because it's the only thing that's gonna keep your Shrink Ray from flipping over and completely destroying all your hard work. Obviously, it's important. Part Two: Reassemble the lamp, but leave out the insides(this includes the power cord, we dont want anyone trying to actually plug this thing in!). Sorry, no pictures... I made this after I built the Ray, but you can figure it out can't you?

Step 2: Assemble the "Business End"

Here's where ya'll get creative. You don't have to use the parts I used, but that's what I built it out of; therefore, that's what I'm going to talk about. Part One: You absolutely HAVE to build this part first. DO NOT try to build your Ray directly on the lamp. Failure is inevitable due to the unstable nature of the lamp. Take your Vaccuum Cleaner Motor or whatever you chose and attatch the "Concentrator"(that dish shaped piece on ray guns towards the end)to it. The Concentrator should be the transition between the motor and the "barrel" of the Ray assembly. I used hot glue being as that's what I had. If your looking at Instructables you probably own a hot glue gun and it shouldn't be a problem. Part Two: Now assemble the barrel. I used a clear plasic rod I found in a fax machine and the tip of a laser pointer. You can use a metal rod or pipe and a pen tip if you want. Feel free to experiment, since it's hot glue you can always tear it apart and try again(usually). Then, attatch the barrel to the concentrator.

Step 3: Attatch the Ray to the Base

Now you have to use your brain. OMG NOT MY BRAIN! Yes, you will actually have to think. I don't know what kind of lamp you got so I can't really help you out here. My lamp had a reflective plate(which I used as the concentrator) that screwed into the lamp. I put a hole in a soup can and just scewed it on. (the soup can also serves as a transition between the ray and the base, which would be only aestetic on some lamps, and essential on others) Then, I hot glued the motor's fan to the can, thus connecting the ray to the base.

Step 4: Take Over the World!!!

Now you can shrink stuff YAY!! Your lab is one step closer to completion. You mayalso decide to add switches and controls to the base, or just leave it like it is...your choice. Thanks for viewing my instructable (it's my first) and I hope y'all's Shrink Rays turn out nice!

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    126 Discussions

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    hyperactiveguy
    hyperactiveguy

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Actually, a functional shrink ray would (in theory) be impossible, because you'd have to shrink the actual atoms that make up the object.(I came up with that myself). However it would be really cool!

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    vomitshot
    vomitshot

    Reply 6 weeks ago

    No you just have to squeeze together the addoms

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    spork969
    spork969

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Ah, but you can reduce the distance BETWEEN the atoms. It would leave the weight the same, and decrease the size, raising the density. You would die, but you could shrink inanimate objects.

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    hyperactiveguy
    hyperactiveguy

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    I don't think the laws of physics currently allow that to happen... but interesting idea...

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    tecnocubeguy
    tecnocubeguy

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Currently? Are they going to change? I hope so. That way working portal guns could exist.

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    necropolian
    necropolian

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    no,a functional shrink ray would be possible, because you can try to destroy about half the number of atoms, so that the object would be halved, but you won't get a perfect copy (because you can't decide wich atoms are deleted, making the object a big pile of atoms) an enlarging beam would be realistic too, but it can only be used do "duplicate" raw materials, no machines

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    hyperactiveguy
    hyperactiveguy

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    I guess, but let's say you could shrink atoms...any living thing would inevatably die(can't breathe because atoms are different sizes making reactions impossible...But wouldn't your idea be a semi-disintegrator, not a true shrink ray?

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    necropolian
    necropolian

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    yes, it would be a semi-desintegrator, but that shrinks anything too (destroying all the unstable atom's) but actually shrinking an atom itself, is impossible. but, an enlarging beam would be possible by inserting nanobots that are programmed to duplicate anything the nanobots aren't made of. and making the nanobots brake after a few hours.

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    hyperactiveguy
    hyperactiveguy

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    One problem, how to make the nanobots? And again, living things would die.

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    necropolian
    necropolian

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    making the nanobots is easy, they only have to make one, with two programs: 1. duplicate itself (let's say ten times) 2.after ten duplications, start duplicating (say nitrogen) atoms that should do the job

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    hyperactiveguy
    hyperactiveguy

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Nanobots=tiny. Microchip=small. How do you program a nanobot if the microchip won't fit in it? Nanobots are made of atoms, so how do we MAKE the nanobots, and CONTROL them, anyway, you can't beam the robots into something, Scotty! So how do the nanobots duplicate the inner atoms of an object?

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    necropolian
    necropolian

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    there are ways to do that, scotty! nanobot's can duplicate themselves(atom's) so in theory they would be able to duplicate other atom's, and you can't control them, you give them a few lines of programming and they do that... but this would be the most realistic theory to make an enlarging beam. a shrink ray should be possible NOW if it sprays acid with high pressure onto the object.

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    hyperactiveguy
    hyperactiveguy

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Well if it's possible now why aren't we BUILDING one?! I guess people think Iphones are cooler.

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    necropolian
    necropolian

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    well, the acid (probably Sulfuric acid) would be a too expensive, the special clothing would be too expensive, the materials would be expensive, the project would be 'highly' dangerous... need more reasons?

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    vomitshot
    vomitshot

    6 weeks ago

    How do I un-shrink things

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    bryned7
    bryned7

    4 months ago

    somebody tell me does it flippin work

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    bryned7
    bryned7

    4 months ago

    can you shoot it at a mirror and shrink the shrink ray

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    bryned7
    bryned7

    4 months ago

    does it actually work.I don't want to waste perfectly good items if it is to make something that doesn't work.If it does work somebody please let me know because I have allways wanted to shrink something.