Post Subject: Wall-E DVD-ROM Mod
Posted on: Aug 13, 2008
Here in the Netherlands the guys of http://www.BouwEenPc.nl ((translated Build A PC )) have made a very special mod-competition. A competition in 3 rounds, elemination style. The modding needs to be done according to rules.
The first round we had to mod a DVD-ROM drive. Only one limitation; it had to be functional enough to let the DVDs slide in-out. Didnt have to read them. Ok, so most guys ( 17 to start with ) started with cutting the
DVD-ROM drives open, adding LEDs and windows.
I wanted to do something different, and this is what I did:
Take three old DVD-rom drives.
and a toy-childrens-binocular, cost 1 euro.
With some Vikureen and some blood, sweat and tears I hope to make something like this.
The arms are almost ready, the bottom DVD drive opens the loading ramp-door and the caterpillars are coming along nice.
Had to rush this one, because I was going away on holiday in one week.
( I finished this mod about 3 weeks before the movie came out here in Holland )
OK, lets show you some photo's.
The thing that makes Wall-E so special are it's eyes IMO.
From trailers and ofcourse lots of pictures of the internet, I draw the next sketches.
The 40 mm I measured of the kids-binoculars.
With the aid of a radius tool and a slingshot drill....
..we had two holes of 40,5 mm in no time. The binoculare fits snug into them.
Later more on the binocular, now a quick jump to the arms and hands.
First a paper layout of the hand.
Cut from thin aluminium.
Folded it and gave it a rough surface*
The other side with the "thumb"
A piece of square aluminium profile.
With some milling and two old nuts, I made a shoulder.
Two pieces ofcourse.
To connect it all together, I made this from a piece of round steel and a M4 bolt.
Found some more round tube.
Put it all together and you get two very simple arms.
about that roughing up the surface;Wall-E is 700 years old and this is how he looks !A sparkling brandnew Wall-E...... no way !
(and it makes my work a lot easier hehehe )
Openend up the plextor drive to extend the eject button.
It is now that I see three things about this DVD-rom;
1-Its very old, 2- How HUGE and complex the circuit board is and 3-
that plextor utilizes the bottom of the DVD case to cool three ICs with heat-compound.
A piece of aluminium just to mask the two other drives, ducktape if just for this picture.
Side view with one arm against it, here i'm cutting a hole into it.
Something else; from the pictures of the internet, we can see how roughed up, dirty and damaged Wall-E is ( I guess I would be too after 700 years )
and because I havent got that much time, I didnt made a window with LEDs, but a simple adhesive sticker.
As you can see, the sticker is way to clean....
So I used some coarse sandingpaper, e voila.....
The loading-ramp. Just a piece of aluminium sheet and some ducktape.
and with the drive open.
Fiddled with a elastic and for you guys I made a small movie of it.
What do you think ?
With some hard cardboard, which is still a bit flexible, I made the eye casings. Temporarely fastenened with ducktape, for the glue to set.
Glues is hard, removing the tape.
And fastened on the neck ( which is a old lamp holder )
Cut two slots in the sides for the arms.
Fits nice and tight.
And a slot in the top for the neck part to hold.
And this is the result.
Made some fitting side-panels.
And finaly.. the toy bulldozer is in !
Oops, some parts just fell of ;)
And then youre left with this.
With some paint, brushes, stickers and sanding paper I finished this mini mod. Just didnt have the time to make a proper mod as I usualy make my mods, but this is what you guys get.
Lots of succes to the other competitors and good luck!
I just fixed this thread. lol the 45 images was putting a bit of load time that kept timing out the thread.
Frenkie, I hope you don't mind, I'm hosting all the images locally on the server. haha with mods like this though, you do definitely deserve it. All the work I've seen you do so far is always awesome, way to go!
If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress?
Sure, it still works allthough its an ancient DVD drive. Plextor is very good quality. I guess in a few weeks/months the big Wall-E casemods will pop up on the scene, which is fine by me, I love the little robot!
that is a fantastic specimen of many different talents. i must say, that is a mighty nice digital micrometer, and based on the look of that drafting table i think you have an edge up on me as far as "means"
sweet deal bro.
wireless signal and webcam eyes?
try not to think of the price of the part your cutting in half.