Clear USB Drive




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After the my cover broke off my Cruzer 512 MB USB drive, I decided to fashion my own case. I saw several ideas floating around on the internet such as cases made of Lego, pez dispensers, and and even a Barbie doll. I cast the USB stick in clear casting resin used to make paperweights out of scorpions or flowers. I picked it up at my local Hobby Store for about $15. It comes it two parts: the resin and the catalyst. If you're making a cast, test it out on some scrap bits and pieces to make sure your ratios are correct.
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Step 1: The Specimen

Very Stylish Duct tape case

Step 2: Open Case

Crck open / otherwise dismantle the case

Step 3: Molding Rig

This is a molding rig created with scrap pine wood and clamps. The pine was covered with clear packaging tape to prevent the resin from sticking to the wood.

Step 4: Resin

I obtained resin from my local hobby shop.

Step 5: Pour the Resin

The long part. The casting was done is several parts. Everything was done in about two days time.

Step 6: Done!

USB Stick in see-through glory.

Step 7: Lanyard

I drilled a small hole to fit the rope back on so I could still hang it on the lanyard that I got with it. A small bit of J-B Weld attached the rope back to the clip.

Step 8: Admire Your Work

This picture was taken after about a month of use. I don't think I got the ratio of catalyst to resin quite right. This caused the top surface to become mottled. Otherwise, there have been no problems as a result of the casting.

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    66 Discussions


    8 years ago on Step 6

    how long did it take for your resin to harden in such a big block?


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Thats really cool. I have a 4GB cruzer. But I do not want to take it apart yet i just got it for christmas today.

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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I just now did this with my 2 GB cruzer but I used epoxy in the the double syringe that you have to mix from the auto shop. It cured fully in an hour but with a yellow tint in some parts but t still kinda like it, but I was a bit too hasty so its not as smooth as I'd like and it has a bunch of tiny bubbles making the entire thing glow like kryptonite it looks kool though. I will try again with another one of my flashies with the stuff this guy used.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Awesome, thanks! I plan to use this, but with something underneath the clear resin to make the circuitry covered.


    Reply 12 years ago on Step 8

    I just got another idea. What if you put it into a 9V battery? I did it, and it'll be my first instructable!


    Reply 12 years ago on Step 8

    my dad made me remove the instructable. He thought someont might get hurt shelling out the battery.


    Reply 12 years ago on Step 8

    tell him your instructable might save a life becuase what if some clumsy person sees your instructable and does that instead of something like tetranites fire cannon.


    Reply 10 years ago on Step 8

    I've taken apart a nine volt before, no danger just 6 mini batteries inside. How could someone get hurt???


    Reply 12 years ago on Step 8

    if you mean my idea, then i suppose you're right. but, i had an old 16MEG flash drive without a case, and i wanted an original idea. it looks pretty cool, a little clunky, but hey, it scares the computer teacher whenever i use it.