Old photocopiers and you!

So a company that shares a parking lot with out company sells and distributes photocopier services. One day I was told about a whole bunch of photocopiers that were just sitting there. Deciding to take the plunge and rip through them the bounty was great!

Stepper city

There you go. 33 steppers from only 10 or so photocopiers. I found the following things.

  • Stepper motors
  • brushless dc motors
  • stepper drivers
  • Microclutches
  • all kinds of plastic gearing, great for all kinds of things
  • opto-interruptors
  • proximity sensors
  • good limit switches
  • connectors
  • gear-motors

Everything an inventor could need. Amazing!

Well, tomorrow I got 15 more copiers to disassemble! Everyone should try disassembling them!

  1. Lilly Garris
    October 11th, 2011 at 02:47
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    I wish to ask about how you took the photocopiers apart? I am doing an art project involving a photocopier but I do not have a clue on how to take it apart. I mean I would think mallets and crowbars but i sure there is another way. Also i would be filming the whole dismantle process, so i would also like to know, Is there a creative yet destructive way to take apart a photocopier? Mind you it is about 1.5 meters high and about 0.6 of a meter wide… Can you help, Thank you. Sincerely Lilly Garris.

  2. smackaay
    October 11th, 2011 at 07:47
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    Well, the standard way is to take it apart with a phillips (Star) screwdriver. as for creative ways to take it apart, I’m not really sure. You could dissasemble it and then peice most of it back together with smooth pins holding it together. You could then pull a string and have the photocopier fall apart.
    That’s the best I got. 🙂

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