Introduction: WiggleBot

I've recently taken an interest in electronics and I thought a cool thing to do would be to create a beginner robot. After a visit to the dollar store and a bit of imagination, behold: the WiggleBot.

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Step 1: Gather Materials

The first step is to gather all the materials you need. I used four small springs from ballpoint pens and four small cardboard squares for each one. For the body of the robot, I used a piece of plastic from the case that my phone came in, although you could use virtually any flat thing about 2.5" by 5". I also used a small personal fan from the dollar store for the motor and battery case. To hold it all together, I used a hot glue gun.

Step 2: Make the Body

1.) First glue one end of each of the springs to one side of each cardboard piece.
2.) After the glue dries, set the plastic on top of the springs and mark where each spring is, as a guide for gluing.
3.) Male sure that the hot glue is hot enough so that it doesn't dry immediately. Put a pea-sized amount of glue on each guide mark and set the plastic on top of the springs. Let the glue dry.

Step 3: Adding the Wiggle

1.) Take the motor and battery casing from the fan and fit them on the body to make a game plan on how to attach them best.
2.) Glue the motor on either end, leaving the rod of the motor fully hanging over either end.
3.) Glue the battery casing the the plastic, preferably as close to the other end as possible.
4.) Once the glue has set, take a spare wire and strip both ends of it.
5.) Put on end of the wire in the hole of the motor and twist it tightly to secure it in place.
6.) Take the other end of the wire and use electrical tape to firmly secure it in place. Since this robot is going to bounce all over the place, you don't want the wires to come loose.
7.) Finally, securely glue a dime, penny, or other small and dense object to the end of the shaft of the motor.

Step 4: Congrats!

If you've gotten this far, you have a kickass vibrating robot just waiting to do its thing. Now you can just pop in a couple of batteries and watch it go. Thanks for trying this out, I hope you enjoy my first build!!!!!

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    5 years ago

    do you have a recorded video of wiggle bot??


    5 years ago

    Thanks for the comment, though.


    5 years ago

    I actually had one, but I forgot to upload it.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    It's cute! Nice build, nice photos. I'd love to see a GIF or vid of it wiggling across the table....