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Simple Glowstick (3/4") Launcher

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Simple Glowstick (3/4") Launcher

Unread postAuthor: WetWorks » Tue Feb 16, 2010 2:52 pm

Hi,

I'd like to show you guys a simple little project I made to amuse myself and co-workers during some overtime last month.

It's a simple pneumatic glowstick launcher, but of course it will shoot anything in 3/4" steel pipe (I like to use lolipops as well).

Specifications
1" x 12" air chamber
3/4" x 2' barrel
1" sprinkler valve (main valve), actuated by a 1/4" ball valve

It works splendidly. I would like to polish up the inside of the barrel whenever I get the time, as it is a bit rough.
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The main valve. Just your standard 1" Orbit Watermaster...
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Overall shot. It's all steel except for the valve, and I don't go over 100 PSI.
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Unread postAuthor: Lockednloaded » Tue Feb 16, 2010 3:28 pm

Great cannon, i love full metal cannons. It could use a few minor improvements though, I would go with a QEV or a metal SV that way you could take it to higher pressures, and two: i would switch out that steel barrel with a PVC or copper one, because most steel pipe has a seam, and that would not be the best material. If that BV is bothering you, a blowgun for exhaust would work great as well.
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Unread postAuthor: deathbyDWV » Tue Feb 16, 2010 3:54 pm

Looks good. I like the metal too. Any damage shots? Maybe an exploded glow stick?
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Unread postAuthor: jhalek90 » Tue Feb 16, 2010 3:55 pm

Definitely go with a PVC or copper barrel.

Copper would look very nice, but PVC is way cheaper... and would put alot less stress on the valve than the current steel barrel.

Also, with PVC or copper, you would not have to sand the barrel smooth.

PVC barrel should cost you about, 1 dollar.
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Unread postAuthor: POLAND_SPUD » Tue Feb 16, 2010 4:53 pm

nice... I like its simplicity

I know it was already suggested but you should really buy a 3/4" QEV or even 1/2" QEV... First of all, it would be all metal then
and secondly you could use higher pressures (=MOAR POWAH)

you could also use a metal spinkler valve but they are quite expensive so I guess you'd be better of with QEV...
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Unread postAuthor: Brian the brain » Tue Feb 16, 2010 5:23 pm

It's all steel except for the valve,


Great cannon, i love full metal cannons. It could use a few minor improvements though, I would go with a QEV or a metal SV that way you could take it to higher pressures, and two: i would switch out that steel barrel with a PVC or copper one, because most steel pipe has a seam, and that would not be the best material. If that BV is bothering you, a blowgun for exhaust would work great as well
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Make up your mind.. :D
Seems like a great plinker to play around with at work.
I would leave it as is..
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Unread postAuthor: Lockednloaded » Tue Feb 16, 2010 5:38 pm

Great cannon, i love full metal cannons. It could use a few minor improvements though, I would go with a QEV or a metal SV that way you could take it to higher pressures, and two: i would switch out that steel barrel with a PVC or copper one, because most steel pipe has a seam, and that would not be the best material. If that BV is bothering you, a blowgun for exhaust would work great as well
Make up your mind..

Copper is still metal :D , but i'm saying go pvc if you can't Afford/get copper
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Unread postAuthor: WetWorks » Tue Feb 16, 2010 6:29 pm

Well, like I said, I plan to polish the inside of the steel barrel to remove the seam (similar to the method Technician uses on his QDV's).

Copper is a definite option, but I have other projects I'd like to start working on. :wink:
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Unread postAuthor: McCoytheGreater » Tue Feb 16, 2010 9:27 pm

I like it. Very simple, very effective design. Nicely done, Wet one. You could probably take that thing up to 200 P.S.I. easy.
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Unread postAuthor: psycix » Wed Feb 17, 2010 6:42 am

The sprinkler is certainly the limiting factor here.
If you would just build a piston valve... then you would have a cannon.
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