Vibrating Paper Peace Crane!

Introduction: Vibrating Paper Peace Crane!

This Instructable is brought to you by my Electronic Origami Class. Where we build small electronic circuits and put them into an origami body.

In the Christmas spirit, I am showing you my way of putting a solar powered vibrating motor into a peace crane.

Printer paper (solar kit I used)
Exacto blade

You can uses other kits, or build your own by getting a bigger solar panel and parts. But this is what i'm using. I am also using different parts then on the kit. My teachers use different parts for what we were doing. But anywhoo, on with the Instructable! 

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Step 1: The Electronic Portion

This PDF will show you how to wire your solar robotics kit. It also comes with a parts list. Its ok if the part numbers are not exactly alike on the solar cell. The kit I posted a link for will work perfectly. 

There are a thousand or more Instructable's on how to surface solder so I am not going to get into that.

I built this in class and at the time of posting this, one of my capacitors broke off so I cannot show you a video of this working. But rest assured  It does work. I do not own a soldering iron. Yet....

The little yellow thing on the pic is a pager motor we had so it makes the crave vibrate. The big yellow thing is a big capacitor. 

Step 2: Folding the Peace Crane

In order to make the folding as pain free as possible, I found a link that helps fold Peace cranes with no confusion!

This will help you make the crane really easily. Or if not, there are a billion other Instructable's and websites to help you fold the peace crane.

Step 3: Adding the Electronics

Just like the tin man, we are going to be giving this crane a "heart"

First your gonna want to cut the top part of the crane off.

I was having issues with the big capacitor, so I had to cut a hole in the bottom of the poor crane.

Step 4: Insert Electronics.

Now, place your electronic piece with the solar cell getting as much exposure as possible. This wasn't how I originally planned to put it in there, but hey! it works doesn't it?

Step 5: If It Had Worked...

If one of the capacitors hadn't have fallen off, I would have shown a video of the crane vibrating around in good sunlight, but alas. No Cigars. 

But now this crane has a heart! :D

I am not a medical student, I am an engineer. So all  you other engineers out there, please leave constructive feedback!


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    Kelly Smith
    Kelly Smith

    6 years ago on Introduction

    I've a friend who makes the cranes for girls. He would get a huge kick out of this project! Thank you :) Good work.