Cd Vending Machine




This is a nice simple cd vending machine.

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Step 1: Why?

Why not? These would be great for a library, internet cafe, or anywhere else you might need just 1 blank cd.

Its about the size of a gum ball machine and works similar to one.

I am not a carpenter, these aren't the best cuts on here.

This was a concept project, it is not final.

Patents pending.

Just think, if you're in an internet cafe and need a cd to burn some files on or something like that, instead of going to the nearest store and buying a whole package of discs you could just have one in a convenient vending machine.

According to my research you can sell each disc for $1 each and make $115 from selling 200 cd's .

Anyway onward to the building.

Step 2: Materials Needed

In my mechanical version (electrical version still in progress) I needed very few things.

Coin slide in amount of desired cost/cd
Machine screws and nuts
CD Case
Gasket Material
Misc pieces of metal

Once you have all the materials gathered up you're good to go!

Step 3: Cut Your First Piece

I started cutting the front piece. I wanted some room for the CD cases could move around a little and not bind up, so I cut the front pieces to be 6 3/4 inches wide, and it is a little overkill. I also wanted a decent sized coin box in the bottom and nicely sized hopper for the Disc so I cut the piece to be 14 1/4 tall.

I don't recall what how big the hole for the coin slide was but it sits centered and 2 1/2 inches from the bottom.

I was using 1/2 inch wood so I cut the wood about 3/4 above the top of the coin slider. This cut is for the cd exit slot. I just cut the whole piece and cut out about 1/4 inch of the wood.

Step 4: Cut/mount Cd Shelf

I cut a U shaped piece to to act as the cd shelf that way the cd moving mechanism has room to do its work, but yet it is big enough so that a cd case cant fall through it.

You can see it in the first picture on the left with the corner brackets already attached.

I cut the board as wide as the first one and it goes back 6 1/2 inches.

The sides of it stick in about 1 inch.

The 2nd picture shows the cd shelf attached to the front.

To attach it I just used 2 wood screws, 2 corner brackets, and 2 machine screws/nuts.

Step 5: Attach Sides and Other Front Piece.

I cut the side pieces to be 9 3/4 by 14 1/4 and attached very carefully into the front piece using small wood screws. If you're not too careful you will split the wood.

The back of the hopper just goes from the cd shelf to the top of the box and theres nothing special about it.

Step 6: Grabbing Mechanism

For the grabbing mechanism I used some gasket material that I had laying around. To mount it to the coin slide I used some extra pieces of an erector set that I used to have. I just bent part of it to make an L shaped braked and mounted 2 of them to the coin slide with intention to use both of them but just ended up using one. I took the gasket material and cut a rectangular piece that was plenty tall enough to hit the cd and then some. I took and cut an elongated notch in it that way it could easily be adjusted to grab the cd.

Step 7: Test It Out!

This was my prototype so I was done, it will get remade and have a lock and probably be metal and tougher and include a security device to keep the cd's from sliding out.

Thats about it. Any thoughts or ideas would be appreciated, just leave comments!

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    6 years ago on Step 7

    Bravo! Such a great idea. I would love to build a few of them. I could use them for selling CD's for leaning Engish. But I don't quite understand how the grabbing mechanism works. Would you have some more explanation available? Also, it doesn't seem that a used coin slide is so easy to find. I have searched on the net, and all I can find are laudromat coin slides. Any idea?


    8 years ago on Step 7

    I had an awesome idea to stop the cds from falling out. Either use from stiff bristles or more gasket material with many slits that the cd can easily be pushed out of. As for the lock that is fairly easy, get a lock from a lockbox or a cheap one and mount it in the top.


    8 years ago on Step 7

    Very cool idea. Maybe something on the in stroke that opens a security door. and the pull dispenses and closes the Door.

    Oh man this thing is cool! I've had this dream of building a vending machine like this for a while. I have this sketch in my notebook for something similar. Gonna try and build it once I get into woodworking.

    I was reading the blog of this guy online who built a mechanism similar to this. It's pretty cool and 100% DIY!


    If there are any landromat, arcade, or grocery stores around your area that have these sorts of machines and are going out of business/replacing them they may sell them to you for a reasonable price. Don't get you're hopes up for cheap and abandon all thoughts of free.



    11 years ago on Introduction

    ei.. do u think thats a good thesis for an information technology students???.. thank you.. please do response.. tnx..


    11 years ago on Introduction

    ei.. do u think thats a good thesis for an information technology students???.. thank you..


    11 years ago on Introduction

    I like it. Too bad we can't use this for our own gain because of the liscence you have set for it. :'( This is getting a + and a fav.

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    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    actually, CC-NC only prohibits selling the tutorial for cash, not using its contents to make something to make cash


    11 years ago on Introduction

    this is a great idea. i just need to get a coin slot thing and im ready.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    You can find the coin slides on E-Bay or look for a laundromat updating their machines. Or else you can check with Happ Controls
    They carry everything for coin-op arcades, and even have bill acceptors (a little on the pricey side). We used Happ for the pinballs and arcade games we repaired.

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