Introduction: Bottle Top Shooter

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The bottle top shooter is a hand held miniature crossbow which utilities milk bottle tops and an elastic band to launch them. I had the idea of making some kind of toy gun whilst away on holiday with my family - my young cousins had 'Nerf guns?', which we had great fun ambushing each other with.

We soon found the problem was that the ammo would get lost under the sofa or down the back of the radiator. I though it would be good to use something that was easy to obtain and that was a waste product, having thrown away hundreds of milk bottle tops I thought they would make a good projectile without hurting anyone - so the bottle top shooter was born!

Here in the UK all the milk bottle tops are approximately the same size, so any tops should fit the Bottle-Top-Shooter, hopefully they are the same in other parts of the world, but if not the design can easily be changed to suit other lids too.

The design of the shooter is in 8 pieces, which can be printed onto the flat surface of the MakerBotĀ® machine, the parts will be assembled with machine screws and glued for extra strength.

I hope you like my idea, I have attached the step files, so feel free to print it, but please let me know how you get on, would love to see it in action!

Thanks, Chris.

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