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    Default The Rubber Band Blaster-32, 10 rounds per second, instantly reloadable



    Conception
    The Rubber Band Blaster-32 (RBB-32) is my latest project. It’s an idea that popped into my head one day while I was reminiscing about the arms race my friends and I had growing up building better and better rubber band blasters.
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    Arms race
    It all started out innocently enough, a scrap of wood and a clothespin to hold the rubber band. But soon we added more and more clothespins until it was basically a 2x4 covered with clothespins. The next revolution was a trigger mechanism that allowed you to load 6 or 7 rubber bands and fire each one by pulling the trigger. Better, but we need more. The finial development was a Gatling style blaster with 12, 3 foot barrels that rotated while you pulled a crank handle and held 50-60 rubber bands. It had the volume, but it was heavy (~15lbs.), slow to reload, used special long rubber bands, and took about 40 hrs to build.

    The Pandora of modern technology
    Now, fast forward 20 years and mix in 3D printing. Suddenly the idea of a small, Gatling style blaster that shot normal rubber bands and was quick to build was possible. It's small size also meant that you could carry multiple barrels with you and instantly reload it by simply swapping barrels. No more time spent hiding and reloading, now you can stand tall and advance. You are the boss.

    Revel in your joy
    Take a look at the videos and imagine yourself as a kid, I don't think you'll be able to keep yourself from smiling.

    Dave

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    Last edited by vanmunch; 10-08-2013 at 05:42 PM.
    My wife is very, very understanding

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    Default Re: The Rubber Band Blaster-32, 10 rounds per second, instantly reloadable

    THIS IS AWESOME!!!!!

    ...and you can change barrels?? DOUBLE AWESOME!!

    Patent it!! It's even better than a stick!!
    MOV OUTA, PEACE

    ... Rick


    I've stopped using programming languages with Garbage Collection, they keep deleting my source code!!

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    I can't stop myself from smiling now!

    This is great Dave. Thanks!

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    Looks like fun.
    What's the old saying about boys never growing up? Their toys just get.... more fire power?

    Def better than a stick.

    I wonder what erco will do with it once he starts jonesing it? add silver fulminate to the bands somehow?
    Last edited by ElectricAye; 09-26-2013 at 08:53 PM.

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    Daddy like!
    "Give a man an inch, and right away he thinks he's a ruler." Maxwell Smart

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    Davey like too!!!

    ...must...resist...buying...
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    Quote Originally Posted by davejames View Post
    Davey like too!!!

    ...must...resist...buying...
    Give in, you know that you have to have it.
    My wife is very, very understanding

    Prospero: Robot Farmer
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACtihXjq2B0
    www.DorhoutRD.com

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    I suspect theres a bit of work reloading the magazines, but the final result is worth it.

    That gun CRIES to be mounted on an Eddie platform to make a T-1. That with a Kinect, could have been the start of Skynet, and handily won that Microsoft at Home Robotics competition: http://forums.parallax.com/showthrea...test-and-Other

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...gBbV0me8#t=183 (go to the 3-minute mark)
    "Give a man an inch, and right away he thinks he's a ruler." Maxwell Smart

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    Quote Originally Posted by erco View Post
    I suspect theres a bit of work reloading the magazines, but the final result is worth it.
    It's quicker than you would think. It takes me less than a minute to reload one of the barrels without hurrying.

    Quote Originally Posted by erco View Post
    That gun CRIES to be mounted on an Eddie platform to make a T-1. That with a Kinect, could have been the start of Skynet, and handily won that Microsoft at Home Robotics competition: http://forums.parallax.com/showthrea...test-and-Other

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...gBbV0me8#t=183 (go to the 3-minute mark)
    That would be ridiculously awesome and I would give that person (or robot) the parts to make a second one.
    My wife is very, very understanding

    Prospero: Robot Farmer
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACtihXjq2B0
    www.DorhoutRD.com

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    Default Re: The Rubber Band Blaster-32, 10 rounds per second, instantly reloadable

    the arms race my friends and I had growing up
    We use to tape 3 tennis ball cans together with bottoms cut out of 2 of them. Poke a hole about a half inch up from the bottom, add lighter fluid, light a match, drop tennis ball in, ignite!!! What a blast we had doing that. On occassion we would soak the ball with lighter fluid also. Makes me want to add one to my Wild Thumper!!!! Problem is there are no more metal tennis ball cans.
    Andy North

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    Quote Originally Posted by NWCCTV View Post
    Problem is there are no more metal tennis ball cans.



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    "Give a man an inch, and right away he thinks he's a ruler." Maxwell Smart

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    Don't tempt me!!!

    EDIT: The more I think about it, the more I am thinking that some 1/4 inch thick PVC pipe would work as well, if not better if I can find the right diameter!!!! I just might have to check in to it!!
    Andy North

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    If I show this to one of my work colleagues I just know we will have a hang of a lot of fun.

    Must resist

    Can't resist

    Too late
    I started today in the best possible way - vertical and breathing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lanternfish View Post
    If I show this to one of my work colleagues I just know we will have a hang of a lot of fun.

    Must resist

    Can't resist

    Too late
    Good,Good
    My wife is very, very understanding

    Prospero: Robot Farmer
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACtihXjq2B0
    www.DorhoutRD.com

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    It looks like a lot of fun, does it ship to the UK?

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    Quote Originally Posted by skylight View Post
    It looks like a lot of fun, does it ship to the UK?
    Hi Skylight, Yes, we ship internationally. Please let me know if you have any trouble with ordering.
    My wife is very, very understanding

    Prospero: Robot Farmer
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACtihXjq2B0
    www.DorhoutRD.com

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    Finished sale, thanks!

    Dave
    Last edited by vanmunch; 10-08-2013 at 05:44 PM. Reason: finished sale
    My wife is very, very understanding

    Prospero: Robot Farmer
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACtihXjq2B0
    www.DorhoutRD.com

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