Cardboard Gyroscope!

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Intro: Cardboard Gyroscope!

In this 'ible, i will show you how to make a cardboard gyroscope. I have made paper gyroscopes, but the problem I had was the fact that they where really flimsy and tore easily. So I wanted to make something similar that was more durable. So I thought I would try a cardboard cylinder of some sort, which worked perfectly.

Step 1: Video

Click above to watch video.

Step 2: Materials:

You will need:

A can opener.

A knife and pliers or in my case a multitool.

A peanut can.

Step 3: Cutting Out the Bottom of the Can.

Using a can opener, cut out the bottom of the can. Be sure to bend down any sharp edges. Next, using the label as a guide, cut around the can to remove the bottom ring.

Step 4: Stripping Away the Cardboard.

Now that you have the bottom and the bottom ring of the can cut out, its time to start stripping away the cardboard. First you need to remove the label. Then where you cut the bottom ring out, it should be a bit "roughed up". This is where you can start peeling at. Continue working your way around the can as shown. It may be necessary to use your knife to create an edge to peel. On the can i used, it peeled a big peace of cardboard once I had peeled a certain amount. Yours may not do this I'm not sure, but just remember not to go all the way through into the flashing inside the can.

Step 5: Your Done!

Now you have a better, more durable gyroscope to fly around.

I hope you enjoyed this 'ible.

Any feedback is appreciated.

Thank You.

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    MarcusM17

    2 years ago

    How i can use this with Google Cardboard?

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    -MUCKTheKlassyKamper

    Reply 4 years ago

    In my opinion, PVC is too heavy. But a coke can might work. The main thing to remember is that it has to stay light and that there has to be weight at the front. Otherwise it most likely will not work. Still though, you never know til you try :D. Thank you for the question. I hope this helps. :D

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    MarkYu

    4 years ago

    This is freakin' awesome. I do t have a peanut can so I will try it with a Pringles can. Hopefully I have one and I will post a pic of it tommorrow. Voted!

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    -MUCKMarkYu

    Reply 4 years ago

    Thank you so much MarkYu. Let me know how the Pringles can goes. Thanks for voting for me :)

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    gadget-man

    4 years ago on Introduction

    It's an imitation x-zylo

    I have to peanut cans sitting on the counter right now, I just might give it a try.

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    -MUCKgadget-man

    Reply 4 years ago

    I hope you make one and that it works well. Yes the x-zylo is what I based my design off of. Thank you for the comment. :D

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    -MUCKrimar2000

    Reply 4 years ago

    While this isn't an actual Gyroscope, I didn't really know what else to call it. Plus I have seen similar projects made with paper called gyroscopes. Thank you for pointing that out.

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    -MUCKrimar2000

    Reply 4 years ago

    Thanks that helps. I just haven't heard it call anything but gyroscope. Thanks again.