Introduction: DIY Gyroscope Cupholder
HELLO PEOPLE OF THE INSTRUCTABLES WORLD!
For any one who has felt the awful pains of having to clean up the sticky aftermath of a drink spilling in the car due to the incompetence of the average cup holder, look no further because I have the solution for you! I present to you today, this functional, awesome cup holder that will prevent major spillage during car rides. With the incorporated technology of a gyroscope, the gyroscope cup holder is self-leveling and helps prevent spillage. Of course, the prototype I made is not to size and unfortunately, will not fit a normal sized cup. Therefore, anybody who seeks to create this product needs to adjust the sizes of the materials to suit their needs. However, any adjustments are a quick fix!
Step 1: STEP 1: GATHER ALL MATERIALS
Materials can/should be adjusted to suit your preferences/to fit average size cup.
-1 lid (any size bigger than the PVC)
-Multiple zip ties
-1 hose ring
-1 PVC (if a drill is not available for use at home, you should use something of thinner material such as a plastic cup)
-1 pipe strap
-various tools to cut lid
-pair of pliers
-various nuts and bolts (generally should have 2 pairs of corresponding sizes)
Prices of materials that were purchased in store attached above.
Step 2: CUT OUT LID
To start off this awesome project, you need to use your cutting tool of choice and cut out the center of the lid. It will act as a ring barrier around the PVC and the second element of rotation in your gyroscope cup holder. A thinner plastic lid would be ideal because it's easier to cut, however any lid of choice will work for this project as long as it is bigger than the PVC. You may have to use multiple cutting tools depending on the difficulty of cutting the lid.
Step 3: USE PLIERS TO SHAPE PIPE STRAP
In this step, you will need a pair of pliers, and a strong pair of hands!
Since the pipe strap comes in a horseshoe shape, our goal is to shape it into a U shape. To do so, use your pliers to clamp small parts of the strap at a time and put it into shape. Keep in mind that the strap should fit perfectly around the lid. If needed, keep the lid nearby to keep a visual in your head of how wide the strap should be and hold it up on occasion to ensure you're on the right track.
Step 4: DRILL HOLES IN PVC
The next step in this process would be to drill holes on both sides of the PVC. It would be best to have the holes be directly across from each other and right at the center of the PVC to ensure the best balanced gyroscope.
Step 5: PUT EVERYTHING TOGETHER
Now that all the prep is finished, you can now begin piecing all the parts together. Starting off with the cut out lid and the pipe strap, line up the holes on the pipe strap along the center of the lid. Then, get a small blade and pierce a small hole where the pipe strap lines up with the lid. From there, take a bolt and push it through the pierced small hole. Repeat the same step on the other side. Then secure both sides with nuts, however, be sure to not tighten the nut all the way. Leaving space between the nut and the bolt allows the lid to swing from side to side.
Next, align the drilled holes on the PVC to the other side of the lid (perpendicular to the previous step). Then, repeat the same step of piercing a small hole with a small blade and pushing a bolt through. Proceed by securing both sides with a nut.
Step 6: ATTACH HOSE RING
To attach the hose ring, you will need to unravel the ring so that it is separated from the connector. Then, loop it through the pipe strap and line it up along the center of the strap. Use as many zip ties as necessary to attach the ring to the pipe strap. Once you feel it is secure then the product is finished!
Step 7: ATTACH TO AIR VENT
The product is finally complete! To attach your gyroscope cup holder to your air vent (in your car or perhaps anywhere else you may see it fit) unravel the hose ring, and loop it through the air vent. Then, keep twisting the connector until you feel the cupholder is secure and will not budge.
Now you're ready to show off your awesome cup holder!
Step 8: FINISHED!!!
Congrats, bro. You have created a gyroscope cup holder.
Now here's a video that recaps all the steps and displays the cup holder in action.