At this point you should be ready to add some electronics to the mix. 

The first, only, and most essential step is to connect the motor to the screw terminals on the CRICKIT board.

Motor holder (optional)

Holding the motor in your hand can quickly become tiresome, so optionally, you can create a small cardboard mount to hold the motor for you.

The PDF below contains the 2D geometry of the TT motor used in this project. Print it out and use it to mark the placement of the motor hub and mounting holes on a piece of cardboard.

Make the holes

Find a small piece of scrap cardboard, about 2" x 8" (a piece of a shipping box - like the ones from Adafruit - works great).


Print the motor outline at 100% scale on a normal 8.5"x11" piece of paper. Cut a rectangle around the TT motor outline.


Use a pen or skewer to mark the locations of the holes on a piece of cardboard. 


After marking their locations, widen these holes using a pen or pencil tip.


You are now ready to mount the motor!

Mount the motor

Push motor into cardboard.


Mount motor to the cardboard using 1" long screws (double sided tape will also work).


Fold sides of cardboard over.


Hold these flaps in place with a strip of tape.


Now you have a handy stand for your zoetrope!

Add a washer

A washer is useful to decrease friction between the base of your zoetrope and the motor housing.


If you don't have a metal washer handy, a cardboard one will do just as well.


Cut out a circle of cardboard and use a hole punch to make a hole in the center.


Drop your washer over the motor shaft.

Mount the zoetrope on the motor hub, and we're ready to get things moving!

This guide was first published on Jul 12, 2018. It was last updated on Mar 08, 2024.

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