Introduction: Self Leveling Gimbal Cup Holder
Hello I am a 14-year-old boy who has experienced many spills while driving up a hill in a car. It has happened so many times, we are going up the hill and one of our cups of soda spills over on our nice carpet barely missing our expensive electronics. And then that smell of coffee soda, or whatever you might be drinking will last forever. But even worse than that Is the times when we would hit a speed bump and our drinks would splash everywhere. But I have the perfect solution a self leveling, shock absorbing cup holder that can level to even the most difficult of hills, and can absorb even the bumpiest of speed bumps. This can fit into almost all cup holders that are standard. And you can fit any cup in this as you could in a regular cup holder. It can tilt a maximum of 35 degrees which is enough to handle the steepest street in the world, Baldwin street in Dunedin New Zealand. It can also handle even the bumpiest of bumps.
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Step 1: The Part That Will Fit in the Cup Holder
This is the part that will actually go in the cup holder. The dimensions should be anywhere from 2.5 inches wide to 3 inches. And anywhere from 2.5 to 3 inches tall.
Step 2: Making the Place for It to Swivel
This piece should be anywhere from 5 to 6 inches wide to allow the cup to properly move around. Mine was 7 inches tall because I think that is the biggest we will need.
Step 3: The Joints.
These are the parts that will allow the cup to tilt. The outer rim is .5 inches in diameter, and .5 inches long the inside shaft should be smaller in diameter but the same length. It is also required that you change the thickness of both parts so that the fit inside each other like in the picture. You should also place them as close as you can to the picture
Step 4: The First Circle
This should be the same diameter as the original cylinder and be .5 inches tall to match the joint.
Step 5: Placing the Joints
These need to be very precise because they are going to be moving. I recommend that you make one joint and then copy and paste that one to everywhere else
Step 7: The Next Inner Circles
Make these so that they will connect to the inner joint, but not the outer part. Also I made mine .5 inches tall. To match the other ones
Step 9: Placing It
This is the part where we attach the gyroscope the the holder. You might have to resize it a little to make it fit better.
Step 10: Finishing Touches.
I decided to paint mine black because I thought that it would match the car cup holders. I hope you enjoyed my instructables and found it as useful as I do. If you do I would appreciate you to vote for me. Thanks for reading.
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