Hi everyone!

This is a ping pong balls launcher designed to be controlled by an arduino.

It uses a servo to dispense the balls and two motors with wheels to give speed and shoot them.

All the pieces can be printed using an 3D printed and the base can be done using a CNC or a laser cutter. You can find all the files attached or on its Thingiverse page: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:29670

My parts and everything I needed to make this project were provided by Artica. Thanks guys!

Here you can see it mounted on a Magabot and shooting a Farrusco, being controlled through Skype using an hacked steering wheel:

On this second video you can see it being controlled using a kinect at the Let's Make Robots! table on Campus Party Europe in Berlin:

PS: I got inspired by this project: http://colvins.ca/?p=170 
Have a look!

Step 1: Gather the pieces

I will divide the necessary parts in two groups: the ones that are 3D printed or cut and the othrs you have to buy.

Fabricated parts:
  • Main Body
  • Servo Support
  • Two wheels
  • Two motor supports
  • PVC Base
Other parts:
  • Servo
  • Two motors
  • Two o-rings 
  • Bolts
  • Arduino and motor controller
  • Ping Pong Balls!

If you want to have a look and/or modify the model, you can have a look at the 123D project: http://www.123dapp.com/123D-3D-Model/Ping-Pong-Balls-Launcher/817345
<p>Great project, I like how you kept things simple !</p><p>I really want to make this, I made a ping pong launcher too but I am not happy with the result, yours seems much better !</p>
<p>Thanks! Good luck! :-)</p>
This would be so much fun with cats.
<p>I made Simple interactive ping pong game</p><p><a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Free-Interactive-Projection-Pong-game-Water-effect/" rel="nofollow">http://www.instructables.com/id/Free-Interactive-Projection-Pong-game-Water-effect/ </a></p>
<p>Can I adapt this to be controlled with a Raspberry Pi?</p>

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Bio: Hi, My name is Francisco Dias and I'm a student from Lisbon, Portugal. Have a look at my website: http://franciscodias.net/
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