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Symet Cdmotor
From the MAKE Flickr photo pool

Flickr user Lewinski used the motor from a CD player in his symmetrical solar-powered bot. Hmmm . . . wonder how it could work with an actual CD incorporated as well.

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Collin Cunningham

Collin Cunningham

Born, drew a lot, made video, made music on 4-track, then computer, more songwriting, met future wife, went to art school for video major, made websites, toured in a band, worked as web media tech, discovered electronics, taught myself electronics, blogged about DIY electronics, made web videos about electronics and made music for them … and I still do!


  • Pauly

    Nice job Lewinski! Nice reuse of parts.
    Check out one of my solarbots at
    http://www.robotliving.com/building-robots/

  • Matthew Lewinski

    Thanks for the shout out!

    Some notes:
    – I used a 1381C voltage trigger. I think I would use a higher value next time to allow more charge to accumulate.
    – The 4700 uF/16V caps I used are probably too bulky for that motor.

    I need to find another old CD player so I can make one with these revisions.