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Using old DVD Drives to Make Robotic Projects #Robots

DVD and CD drives have a lot of good hacker parts in them. Lasers! But also two stepper motors and a DC motor. What can be done with all these things?

Above, is a simple inchworm bot by Youtube user GrandadIsAnOldMan using discarded materials and a bit of very clever Making.

Below is a neat X-Y plotter by Youtube user HomoFaciens. He takes two drives and uses a Raspberry Pi to control movements. An additional servo motor controls whether the pen is up or down.

DVD plotter

Have you built something from old CD or DVD drives? Let us know in the comments.


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