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Cannon as senior project. Info, Ideas, Suggestions?

Post questions and info about pneumatic (compressed gas) powered cannons here. This includes discussion about valves, pipe types, compressors, alternate gas setups, and anything else relevant.
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Cannon as senior project. Info, Ideas, Suggestions?

Unread postAuthor: dirker88 » Fri Jun 05, 2009 7:13 pm

Hello spudfiles, This is some thing i have really been thinking about lately.I will be building a cannon for my senior project next year and i really need some help from you guys brainstorming. i will have most likely $1000 dollars to spend i know this cannon will fire tennis balls be powered by co2 and made from aluminum. So please you guys help me get my brain flowing with ideas, pictures, information. Thankyou in advance.
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Unread postAuthor: mark.f » Fri Jun 05, 2009 7:18 pm

My friend made a cannon for his senior project, as his "product". I have a few suggestions:

What's the actual topic of your project? For ours, we had to have a research topic, and also write a corresponding paper. You have to tie the product in with the paper.

So, how will you tie the cannon in with the project? It might be better to build a simple cannon if your topic is on how they function.
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Unread postAuthor: dirker88 » Fri Jun 05, 2009 8:46 pm

Mark, my topic is pneumatic engineering this is how i will tie my product into my project. It will be farily complex i will have to put a toal of 20 hours into the entire project.
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Unread postAuthor: rp181 » Fri Jun 05, 2009 9:11 pm

1000$ for a spudgun....

I say a nice machined high pressure hybrid.
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Unread postAuthor: dirker88 » Fri Jun 05, 2009 9:19 pm

I would like to keep it completely pneumatic.
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Unread postAuthor: brogdenlaxmiddie » Fri Jun 05, 2009 11:30 pm

Hybrids would be much more fun and you'd get a much bigger 'ooooo' 'ahhhhhh' effect.
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Unread postAuthor: dirker88 » Sat Jun 06, 2009 12:09 am

for some reason i dont think the school would allow anything combustible they said i am walking the line as it is. So come on guys Info, Pictures, Ideas :?: .
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Unread postAuthor: Gaderelguitarist » Sat Jun 06, 2009 12:40 am

Make an aluminum barrel sealing piston valve on with 2.5" porting and a 3" chamber.

Build a mount for it with complex aiming capabilities. You could even try to work out a pneumatic system to work the aiming.
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Unread postAuthor: jmadden91 » Sat Jun 06, 2009 2:37 am

Mate this whole site is full of idea's. Dont ask for people to spoon feed you, just spend 15 minutes looking around you will find thousands.

But if there are specific parameters in the assignment post them and someone will definitely be able to help :D
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Unread postAuthor: dirker88 » Sat Jun 06, 2009 9:14 am

Ok i want to build something along the lines of th Mauler Cannon at Launch Potatoes but all nicely machined aluminum with a bigger chamber and a longer barrell i want the same kind of valve(if thats possible). I hope you guys are understanding me on this.
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Unread postAuthor: inonickname » Sat Jun 06, 2009 9:25 am

That is a barrel sealing piston valve. Perhaps you need to do some more research..
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Unread postAuthor: mark.f » Sat Jun 06, 2009 3:12 pm

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Unread postAuthor: dirker88 » Sat Jun 06, 2009 8:35 pm

Thankyou for the resources mark.f
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Re: Cannon as senior project. Info, Ideas, Suggestions?

Unread postAuthor: THUNDERLORD » Sat Jun 06, 2009 10:34 pm

... i will have most likely $1000 dollars to spend i know this cannon will fire tennis balls be powered by co2 and made from aluminum. So please you guys help me get my brain flowing with ideas,....


My idea: IT might be against the rules, but someone could probably build one for you for less than $1000 to the specs mentioned.
If you're serious, there are qualified spudders here who might have the time(?)

Other than that, you stated the project is for next year???
That gives you around a year to search SF's???
Maybe during that time you could make this post more interesting by adding component pics and stuff and get more advice(?)

BTW, A stupid expression comes to mind but it fits, it goes "Homey doun play Dat!!!"

...Thankyou in advance.

You're welcome.

Oh, I suggest also, this sounds bad, but it's....,
If you get a girlfriend before or during this project, you could look for a muslim one so she won't get so mad if you blow yourself up!!! :P :twisted: :lol: 8) :shock:

EDIT: She might even like you more, like a martyr or something!!! :lol:
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Unread postAuthor: rp181 » Sat Jun 06, 2009 11:22 pm

wow thunderlord.... that is way inappropriate.

A 1000 dollars will get you a very nice aluminium pneumatic, just make sure you don't blow it without researching.
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