Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Do you have a Lego motor and 10 minutes? Then you can build a Lego spin art machine that will keep you and you younger kids (or siblings) entertain for hours. This post will explain how to build a Lego spin art machine.
Lego Spin Art Machine
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Inspiration from the Maker’s Faire

In mid May we went to the Bay Area’s Maker Faire. One of the first projects we’ve seen there was a mini spin art machine created by an 11 year old maker. That machine used a computer fan as a base. Smarty wanted to make one at home, and my husband commented that we could make one with a Lego motor.  As with many of his Lego creations, it took him less than 10 minutes to put this Lego spin art machine together.

Supplies Needed

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The most important piece for this project is a Lego motor. Ours is more than 30 years old and comes from a set that my husband had as a child. You can buy a Lego motor separately on Lego site or on Amazon. You will also need a gear or any other flat Lego piece that will clip on top of the motor. In addition you will need:
  • A flat “foundation” Lego piece
  • A few blocks to keep motor in place
  • Square 0.5 in mounting tabs
  • A large plastic lid (ours was from sour cream container)
  • A used CD
  • Paper circles cut a little smaller than diameter of your CD
  • Markers or crayons. Crayola Twistable Slick Sticks gave us very pretty spin art.

Directions

1. Build an “enclosure” for your motor:
Lego-Spin-Art-Step1-Motor
2. Put a gear on top to serve as a base for your spin wheel.
Lego-Spin-Art-Step2-Spin-Wheel
3. Attach a lid to the gear with mounting tabs.
Lego-Spin-Art-Step3-Attach-Lid
4. Attach a CD to the lid with mounting tabs. This will make the top heavier and less wobbly. Then add a mounting tab (or a double-sided scotch tape) in the middle to keep your paper circle in place.
Lego-Spin-Art
5. Have fun!
Lego-Spin-Art-Play

Your Turn

Do you have a Lego motor yet? What motorized Lego projects have you tried?
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4 comments:

Ticia said...

In theory we have a Lego motor somewhere. I should look for that, if not I should buy one. It opens whole realms of possibilities up for our schoolwork.

Erin @ Nourishing My Scholar said...

We must get a Lego motor! This looks awesome!

Emma @ P is for Preschooler said...

Wow, love this! My daughter loves to create spin art, but we've never tried building one!

shelah moss said...

It's projects like this that make me wish I was a kid again. It's a brilliant blend of art and engineering!