Introduction: Laser Cut Cardboard Crossbow

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Here's my fully functional Cardboard Crossbow I made using Techshop's Laser Cutter!

Step 1: Sketch

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I started with a concept sketch of the parts and overall look of the design. I then did a refined line drawing from the concept sketch.

Step 2: Import

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I then imported the sketch into Illustrator to use as a template to make the outlines for the Laser Cutter.

Step 3: Parts

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I dry fitted the pieces to see if they line up as planned then readied them for some gluing action.

Step 4: Glue

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I used some clear Elmer's glue to put everything together.

Step 5: Assemble

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After the first round of gluing was dry, I used the same glue to attach the bow to the handle.

Step 6: Let Dry

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After everything was dry, I dremeled holes into the edges of the bow then used wood dowels and a rubber band to finish it out.. Tada! a fully functional Cardboard Crossbow that I made at Techshop!

Step 7: Fire Away!

Cardboard Crossbow in action!

Step 8: Template


Manamana625 (author)2015-09-23

How do you fire?

bbaca2 (author)Manamana6252016-02-10

checkout step 7!

bbaca2 (author)Manamana6252016-02-10

flick the rubber band up with your thumb!

Na101 (author)2015-12-27


lunchweek (author)2014-06-09

Can you please share the template?

bbaca2 (author)lunchweek2014-06-10

i just uploaded the ai file! have fun!!

samanrabiei (author)2014-05-07

خیلی عالی بود

jlee163 (author)2014-04-21

i don't want to be rude but how is this a crossbow

1 it does not have a actual trigger mech

2 it uses a rubber band rather than tension on the string

3 why would you use a laser cutter to cut cardboard

bellow are some possible trigger mechs

BadPuns (author)jlee1632014-04-21

There's nothing wrong with this crossbow. 1: it doesnt have to be a trigger-pull mechanism, just so long as it holds the string in place, 2: yes, it uses a rubber band, but a traditional crossbow uses tension on the limbs, not the string, and 3: from my experience, it's pretty dang hard to cut cardboard neatly with scissors, and a laser cutter cuts exactly how you want it, the same way, every time. Why don't you make an Instructable enlightening us on trigger mechanisms for a crossbow?

Nighteye (author)2014-04-21

Nice pistol griped crossbow!

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