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Edited Nov. 2, 2011: Please note that I’m no longer endorsing this kit. Please check this page for the new, improved kit: saskview.com/?page_id=750
Useless Machine Kits are now available at Solarbotics for an astoundingly low, low price of $24.95: http://www.solarbotics.com/products/60005/Included in the kits is the sweet laser-cut black acrylic case. This is a full bundle and very easy to build. All you’ll need to supply is tape, batteries, screwdriver and any basic soldering iron and solder. This is a perfect introduction to electronics and a great way to learn basic soldering skills! Each bundle includes:
- 1 x 39300 Black acrylic “Useless Box” construction set (with nut/bolt hardware)
- 1 x SWT8 DPDT toggle switch
- 1 x SWT9 SPDT lever switch
- 2 x #2 mounting screws for SWT9
- 1 x BHoldAA 2-AA battery pack
- 1 x DSST (double sided sticky tape, for mounting the battery pack)
- 6″ hookup wire
- 1 x GM4 gear motor
- 4 x “Little Rubber Feet” to protect your Useless machine from abrasive counter tops!
And you can buy just the sweet acrylic case itself.
Dave Hrynkiw at Solarbotics came up with a fantastic design for the case and he was kind enough to post the laser cutting template at thingiverse.com: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5065 I hope to be making a build video for the kit, and to have a couple kits to give away so stay tuned.
The perfect gift for that special someone who already has everything!
Although everyone wants a Useless Machine, not everyone is as into DIY as I am. So I’m hoping to have assembled Machines as well as complete kits for sale SOON.
Finding a company to partner with that can put together a complete kit including the wooden case and all the hardware has been a struggle.
Ideally the kit will include everything needed: box, arm, switches, battery holder as well as a gear motor that needs no modification. The only tools needed to build the kit are a soldering iron, small screwdriver, and glue (a wire cutter/stripper is handy but not needed).
It looks like things are going to go forward. We may have to initially offer a continuous rotation servo because the gear motors may be delayed.
Prices haven’t been finalized but I’m hoping the kit will be under $50.00 plus shipping.
If you want to be notified when the kits are available please send an email to:
I will also be offering a limited number a fully constructed Useless Machines. To be notified for the next production “run” please send an email to: