Instructables
Picture of Carbon Fiber Pneumatic Pen Gun


The pneumatic pen gun using a coaxial piston valve is fairly well known, while the exhaust valve design is nothing new I lay claim to having made the progenitor back in 2007 for a spudfiles.com forum contest as featured here.

The method of filling and firing is shown in this simple animation.

Since my first effort I have gained access to machine tools and have made several much improved versions. Here I will show the steps in the manufacture of a pen gun with a carbon fiber body.

 
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 1: Main body

Picture of Main body

The main body is cut from a length of 12mm OD - 10mm ID carbon fiber tubing roughly with a fine toothed hacksaw, and the ends are then squared off and cleaned up on a lathe. In order to protect the finish, masking tape is wrapped around the tube before placing it in the lathe chuck.

Step 2: Front Endcap

Picture of Front Endcap

A front endcap is machined from brass. The part which enters the tube has some shallow grooves cut in order to allow better adhesion of the epoxy what will be used to fix it in place. In this case, a 1/8" BSP male thread is also cut in the front in order to allow the fitting of attachments later.

Step 3: Barrel and Valve

Picture of Barrel and Valve

A length of 5.5mm ID brass tubing is cut for the barrel. This is epoxied the the front endcap. On the other end of the barrel, a 8.5mm diameter Delrin sleeve is added in order to increase the area in contact with the piston seal and reduce wear.

An automotive schrader valve is stripped of its rubber sleeve and trimmed in preparation to be mounted in the rear endcap.

Step 4: Rear endcap and piston

Picture of Rear endcap and piston

A rear endcap is machined from Delrin. Inside, a Delrin piston is fitted, with an outer diameter closely matching the inner diameter of the endcap bore. The piston has a small 3mm rubber disk attached to its front end with a small M3 bolt.

iFirefly1 month ago

This is very cool, but I am not clear on the details of the trigger valve and how it interacts with the Schrader valve and the charging/firing cycle. Can you please add more details in these critical areas? I would think a simple schematic drawing depicting the "air circuit" showing where the pressure is stored and how it is released, as well as a cutaway drawing of the Delrin piston components - unassembled, please! I'm sure you have different implementations with your varied models, does this carbon-fiber model represent the pinnacle of your development? I would like to know more about your insights gained in the learning process ... and see more of your work of course!