© 2016 The Frivolous Engineering Company
The Frivolous Engineering Company

Useless Machine Case Assembly Instructions

The acrylic parts for the Useless Machine have a Protective Film covering them to prevent damage that may occur during shipping and assembly. Acrylic is easily scratched and care should be taken to prevent this. When assembled clean the case ONLY using a soft cloth and soapy water (window cleaner such as Windex is OK, too). DO NOT USE PAPER TOWELS TO CLEAN THE CASE, as this will cause tiny scratches. Tools required: #1 Phillips screwdriver, 5/16 socket or pliers, scissors.
The Useless Machine has 11 case parts and we’ve included 4 spare hinge parts as well.
Acrylic Actuator Acrylic Cam Disk Velcro Bumpers (Feet) 20 Bolts (2 extra) 20 Nuts  (2 extra) 5 Small Screws 2 Larger Screws
The case parts have an inside surface and an outside surface.
Begin by assembling the Motor Assembly.   Remove the protective film covering the Motor Mount Bracket. Using a #1 Phillips screw-driver, attach the motor to the Motor Mount Bracket using the two largest screws.  
Attach the micro-switch using two of smaller screws. Make sure you install the micro-switch so that the lever is oriented as shown in the photo.
Remove the protective film covering the Actuator  and Cam Disk.
Mount the Actuator onto the motor shaft using the last small screw.
Remove the protective film from the inside  surface of the Toggle Plate. Place a Hex Nut in the T-Slot as shown by the arrow. A small piece of tape can be used to prevent it from falling out. Make sure you remove the tape after the Toggle Plate is installed.  
Carefully place the Top Cover Plate on the tabs on the top of the Motor Mount Bracket.  Now insert a bolt in the hole on the Top Cover Plate and thread it into the nut and tighten. You’ll see that on the other side of the center hole in the Top Cover Plate there are two rectangles lasered. Do not try to remove or punch out the rectangles, they are cosmetic and mirror the tabs of the Motor Mount Bracket. Also there is a cosmetic bolt that later you will install.  It has no other function than to mirror the bolt that is holding the motor mount bracket.
Next remove the Top Hex Nut, Lock Washer & the Tab Washer from the Toggle-Switch. Discard the Tab Washer. Replace the lock washer.
Insert the toggle switch into the center hole  of the Top Cover Plate with the LED’s facing the finger.
Case Assembly: Remove the Protective Film from the inside surface of the rest of the case parts.
Remove the Protective Film circles from the outside surface of the Bottom Plate and stick the Bumpers (Feet) in those locations.
Bolt the Front Side, Left & Right Sides to the Base Plate
Bolt the Back Plate to the Name Plate. Bolt the Right Hinge to the Name Plate. Bolt the Left Hinge using one nut/bolt but leave it loose so that you can slip the Lid- Assembly over the tabs on the Hinge Plate as show. Tighten the bolt on the Left Hinge and install the remaining bolt.
Install the Hinge Plate to the rest of the case.
Cut the Velcro into two pieces and install the loops portion onto the bottom ends of the of the battery holder.  The hooks portion of the Velcro is installed on the Bottom Plate, on the left side as shown in the photo. Install 2 AA Batteries in the battery holder, and Velcro it to the Bottom plate. Install Top Cover Plate into position on the case and bolt it in place.  Ensure that the battery holder wires are kept away from the actuator so that they don’t interfere with the operation of The Useless Machine.
These are newly revised instructions. Please let us know if you are having trouble following them or if there there are any mistakes.
Place the top hex nut back onto the toggle switch & carefully thread it on. Tighten the hex nut with a 5-16″ socket or pliers.  Be careful not to over-tighten the hex-nut. Now install the cosmetic bolt/nut in the remaining hole in the Toggle Plate.
You may now carefully remove the protective film covering the outside surfaces of the Useless Machine. You are now done!
Copyright©2016 The Frivolous Engineering Company
The Frivolous Engineering Company The Frivolous Engineering Company

Useless Machine

Case Assembly Instructions

The acrylic parts for the Useless Machine have a Protective Film covering them to prevent damage that may occur during shipping and assembly. Acrylic is easily scratched and care should be taken to prevent this. When assembled clean the case ONLY using a soft cloth and soapy water (window cleaner such as Windex is OK, too). DO NOT USE PAPER TOWELS TO CLEAN THE CASE, as this will cause tiny scratches. Tools required: #1 Phillips screwdriver, 5/16 socket or pliers, scissors.
The Useless Machine has 11 case parts and we’ve included 4 spare hinge parts as well.
Acrylic Actuator Acrylic Cam Disk Velcro Bumpers (Feet) 20 Bolts (2 extra) 20 Nuts  (2 extra) 5 Small Screws 2 Larger Screws
The case parts have an inside surface and an outside surface.
Begin by assembling the Motor Assembly.  Remove the protective film covering the Motor Mount Bracket. Using a #1 Philips screw-driver, attach the motor to the Motor Mount Bracket using the two largest screws.  
Attach the micro- switch using two of smaller screws. Make sure you install the micro- switch so that the lever is oriented as shown in the photo.
Remove the protective film covering the Actuator and Cam Disk.
Mount the Actuator onto the motor shaft using the last small screw.
Remove the protective film from the inside surface of the Toggle Plate. Place a Hex Nut in the T-Slot as shown by the arrow. A small piece of tape can be used to prevent it from falling out. Make sure you remove the tape after the Toggle Plate is installed.  
Carefully place the Top Cover Plate on the tabs on the top of the Motor Mount Bracket.  Now insert a bolt in the hole on the Top Cover Plate and thread it into the nut and tighten. You’ll see that on the other side of the center hole in the Top Cover Plate there are two rectangles lasered. Do not try to remove or punch out the rectangles, they are cosmetic and mirror the tabs of the Motor Mount Bracket. Also there is a cosmetic bolt that later you will install.  It has no other function than to mirror the bolt that is holding the motor mount bracket.
Next remove the Top Hex Nut, Lock Washer & the Tab Washer from the Toggle-Switch. Discard the Tab Washer. Replace the lock washer.
Insert the toggle switch into the center hole of the Top Cover Plate with the LED’s facing the finger.
Case Assembly: Remove the Protective Film from the inside surface of the rest of the case parts.
Remove the Protective Film circles from the outside surface of the Bottom Plate and stick the Bumpers (Feet) in those locations.
Bolt the Front Side, Left & Right Sides to the Base Plate
Bolt the Back Plate to the Name Plate. Bolt the Right Hinge to the Name Plate. Bolt the Left Hinge using one nut/bolt but leave it loose so that you can slip the Lid-Assembly over the tabs on the Hinge Plate as show. Tighten the bolt on the Left Hinge and install the remaining bolt.
Install the Hinge Plate to the rest of the case.
Cut the Velcro into two pieces and install the loops portion onto the bottom ends of the of the battery holder.  The hooks portion of the Velcro is installed on the Bottom Plate, on the left side as shown in the photo.
Hardware needed to complete the assembly of the Useless Machine include:
The outside of the case parts can be identified by the added cuts surrounding the bolt holes. The Left, Right & Front Sides have a cosmetic line engraved on them, too.
Attach the Cam to the Actuator using two small screws.  Make sure the bump on the Cam is facing the bottom as shown in the photo.
You may need to depress the lever on the micro switch in order to clear the bump on the cam.
Place the top hex nut back onto the toggle switch & carefully thread it on. Tighten the hex nut with a 5-16″ socket or pliers.  Be careful not to over-tighten the hex- nut. Now install the cosmetic bolt/nut in the remaining hole in the Toggle Plate.
Install 2 AA Batteries in the battery holder, and Velcro it to the Bottom plate. Install Top Cover Plate into position on the case and bolt it in place.  Ensure that the battery holder wires are kept away from the actuator so that they don’t interfere with the operation of The Useless Machine. You may now carefully remove the protective film covering the outside surfaces of the Useless Machine. You are now done!