Snowed in and no access to the ThinkLab where the 3D printers are…what to do, what to do. I got two neat kits for Christmas, one requires soldering and one does not. We haven’t had our soldering tutorial yet and since it’s been 35 years since I soldered anything, I went for the simpler kit. It’s The Useless Machine from the fine folks at MakerShed.
The first thing you do is take the motor and screw it into a housing along with the circuit board that will run the thing.
A tiny little piece broke off while tightening a side-inserted screw and bolt. Turns out it wasn’t that important, but I sweated it until the end.
Next, came the clear plastic armature. The hole for this was too small, so I used my little knife and enlarged it a bit to slide it on the motor.
Now it’s ready for mounting inside the box. Peeling the protective coating on the box pieces is very satisfying for some weird reason.
Next, screw the motor assembly into the bottom panel of the box, Velcro in the battery box.
Add the batteries and connect the power to the motor.
Now is a good time to make sure everything works, so we can fix it while we still have open access to all the components. It works fine!
OOOOOOOOH! More peeling. I love the peeling.
Here’s the final product. Everyone should have a Useless Machine!
All in all, a nice way to spend a snowy afternoon on my first kit. It was a nice way to make something without having access to a lab, or 3D printers, or other fancy equipment. Fun!