Spin Art Machine




About: My name is Zach Sousa and I'm a Canadian highschool student that has a passion for making.

In this instructable I will show you how to make a spin art machine using laser cut wood and few parts you probably already have.

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Step 1: Parts and Tools

Here are the parts and tools that you will need to make this project:


Laser cutter

3d printer and filament

Hot glue gun and hot glue

Solder and soldering iron


Cd or Dvd ( It should be one that you don't need. )



1/8 Baltic birch plywood that will fit in a laser cutter (really any wood would do I just like this kind)

Dc 3 volt motor

3 AA battery holder

3 AA batteries

Step 2: Laser Cut Wood

Laser cut this file:

Step 3: Mount Potentiometer and Switch

Mount the potentiometer on the piece of laser cut wood with the two holes using the nut that came with it and put the knob part of the potentiometer through one of the holes in the laser cut wood. Tighten it up until it is in place securely. Hot glue the switch to the other hole in the wood.

Step 4: Wire the Circuit

Wire the circuit as in the fritzing shematic.

Step 5: Mount Motor

Mount the motor on the rectangular hole on the piece that says "Spin Art " on it.

Step 6: Assemble Box

Assemble the laser cut box. It should be easy to assemble the box, the pieces just fit together but you will probably have to glue them together. The battery pack probably won't fit in the box so have the wires run through one of the slits in the box.

Step 7: 3d Print Spinner

3d Print this file. It will go on the motor shaft and the dvd will go on top of it.

Here is the link to the file:


Step 8: Attach Dvd to 3d Printed Spinner

Attach the dvd/cd to the spinner on the motor. Cut a piece of paper to fit over the disk and tape the paper to the Cd/Dvd.

Step 9: Done!

Congrats! You have finished this instructable. Please favourite this instructable if you liked it and please vote for it in contests. Subscribe if you have any questions comment or if you have any ideas for new instructables please tell them to me! It really means alot to me.

If it didnt work for you make sure that it is switched on and turn the potentiometer in both directions you can't really control the motor using the potentiometer. I just added it mostly for looks.

Comment if it still doesnt work and I will sort things out.

To use this turn it on and put the spin art machine in a bin or something that will protect from paint splashes



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    6 Discussions

    Zach Sousa

    4 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks you so much everyone for the comments and views! This is a featured instructable and instructables gave me a 3 month pro membership!

    Zach SousaJan_Henrik

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    You put a circular piece of paper over the disk and when you turn it on the disk spins and you can splatter paint on the paper and it makes a very cool effect. You must have something to protect from the paint going all over the room though.

    This image is an example:


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Cool, great project and documentation!

    The only thing that would make this better is a picture you created with this.

    1 reply