Vibrating Pen




This is my first instructable on something simple. How to make a pen with a motor on the back. Makes cool designs.

Step 1: Get All Parts

You need just a few things for this project.
1 a little motor of some kind ( i used one from an old cd player)
2 Electrical tape
3 A pen or 2 i prefer the liquid ink ones to roller balls but they both write nice
4 some kind of case for batteries or just tape a battery to the pen
5 Something to weigh on the motor ( i used a capacitor from the cd player)

Step 2: Prep Motor

pick motor type and clean the wires

Step 3: Pick a Switch Any Switch

find the type of switch that will work best for you i used a simple on off one but i was thinking to put a pressure switch in the bottom of the pen by where you hold it when you write. and then connect it to one side of the motor i used it on the - side.

Step 4: Attach Weight to Motor and Motor to Pen

Attach a weight to the motor like i said i used just a little capasitor you can use anthing. Then figure out the best way to attach it to the motor. after put the motor on top part of the pen.

Step 5: Add Batteries

put the batteries in a convenient way to use pen. i used this pack for AAAs to get more power and rechargeable for obvious reasons

Step 6: Enjoy the Pen

you can experiment with different motors and also in different positions then move where you hold the pen up and down and lose or tight to get different sizes of circles. Also try different types of weights to make it more fun.



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    14 Discussions


    7 years ago on Introduction

    i added the vib to my keyboard but the font does not change.. i'll grab a couple of dead pagers at work and help the grand boys with this one.. thanks


    11 years ago on Introduction

    *insert mandatory vibrator comment here* you can buy "pager motors" from ebay or the internet, or extract them from a old mobile phone, these are small motors that will fit inside the the pen and already have a weight on them

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    Lance Mt.UltraMagnus

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I'LL RIP OUT YOUR OPITICS WITH MY BEAR HANDS! (The wait, until people relise the refrence... wait some more and BAM!)


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Cool, if it is combined with tiny sensor found in the mobile phone radiation lamp, it can be used as an incoming call or sms notification. It catches radiation from the mobile phone causes the pen to vibrate.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    how do you attach the battery pack to the motor. where can i find a rechargeable battery pack like that?

    What a huge motor you got there! To obtain a more pen-friendly motor, you should go take the first cellphone you see, smash it open with a hammer, brick, booze bottle, or like implement. Sift through the resulting detritus till you find a cylinder about 3/8" in diameter, with an offset dingus on one end, and wires on the other. Could power it with a CR2032 throwie battery, taped directly on board.

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    Sure it would. Them things vibe pretty fierce. Come to think of it, I'm fairly sure that the same motors are used in vibrating dingle-dangle rings for pervs. If you really wanna get some shake in there, cut open the pen and position the motor's offset dingus, so that it taps the ink tube once per revolution. Even better idea... Get one of them vibey toothbrushes, smash off the brush part. There's a little steel rod in there that's hooked to an offset drive on the motor. Attach the shaft to the pen's ink tube. The pen should just go ape$h!t shaky.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    This Is A Very NIce Idea Specially For That " Moved " Effect , But I think The Correct Title Would Be VIbratong Pen Cheers , ACAZ

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    11 years ago on Introduction

    A variable speed control would be a useful addition, create 'doctors handwriting' and 'very elderly handwriting'... L