Step 6: Video Demonstration

Hi there, may I ask how you made the bands across the center of the cannons? Also have you had any success with sound synchronizing?
Sure. I cut sections of the same pipe at about 1-1/2&quot; wide, then slit them along the length. The slit allowed me to open them slightly to fit over the main pipe. I positioned the gap formed by the slit on the bottom of the cannon so you never see it. I then swiped some auto body repair putty around either side of the band to blend it in to the main body, and painted.<br><br>I didn't do anything with electronics or lighting. The cannon was just intended to disguise the fog machine, and it works perfectly for that as-is.<br><br>Thanks!
<p>Great cannon. What did you use for the little dots / rivets on the wheels?</p>
Thanks! They are just common round-head furniture tacks available at the big box stores, like these- http://www.lowes.com/pd_58199-37672-532690_4294710882__
how do you refill the fog machine
The fog machine just sits on a shelf. The cannon with attached plumbing forms a lose fit over the exit hole of the fog machine so there are no hard attachments between the two (somewhat visible in the CAD drawing). You can just lift off the cannon to gain access to the fog machine fill hole.
Ok i get it thanks
cool whats the 3d programing software and iven the paint huh
It's a high-end ($6,000+) 3D solids-based engineering program called Solidworks, which has a built-in rendering program called Photoworks. I'm an Industrial Design Consultant so I use it for work. For something as simple as this, you could use a free CAD package like Google Sketchup and get great results.
Hiya, any info on the paint you used?
Just standard rattlecan paint - primer and semi gloss black. I really like Rustoleum &quot;Painter's Touch&quot; paint. It goes on and levels out really nicely and is pretty durable, but all major brand paints are pretty good. Cannons were cast metal and paint was slopped on to prevent rust, so a really smooth, run-free automotive paint job is not required. The only trick to rattlecan paint from my experience is to ignore what they say about it being &quot;dry to the touch&quot; in 24 hours. Let it cure for at least a week and you'll have a really durable paint job..
Well done!
&nbsp;what diameter is the inner pipe?
What size (diameter)&nbsp; PVC pipe did you use, and how long of a piece?&nbsp; Is the swivel made from 2 inch PVC?<br /> Also, how wide and how long is the 2x4 base?<br /> <br /> Thanks again for posting this, going to have some fun with my Kids !<br />
Sorry for the delay in responding, but I had already put the cannon away for the season. The cannon barrel was made from 4&quot; irrigation pipe with 1.5&quot; inch pipe for the cross piece. The base is 24&quot; long by 10&quot; wide and&nbsp;three 2x4s tall with 7.5&quot; wheels. Thanks for your interest!
Cool, you could make it &quot;shoot&quot; candy.
Shoot candy with the smoke, now that would be cool !!<br />
Great Job, looks easy to make too !&nbsp; Thanks for posting this.<br />
Very nice work!&nbsp; What kind of fogger do you have and what kind of fog juice do you use?<br />
Thanks! My first&nbsp;fogger was an American DJ Shadow II. It was a nice sturdy top level model, and I purchased a matching&nbsp;interval timer to go with it. Both were very expensive but operated well for many years (if not for many hours, since I only used them on Halloween). One year, I forgot to order fog juice from American DJ and bought some cheap junk at the local Halloween store which didn't perform well and I believe ultimately destroyed the fogger. I think it was loaded with coloring and perfume and who-knows-what-else and it gunked up the works.<br /> <br /> After Halloween, I purchased a 700 watt fogger with interval timer on sale from Spencer's gifts for about 1/4 of the price of the American DJ model. It's not as sturdily built, but it works great. The trick is to buy good quality clear fog juice with no extra additives and fillers (I currently use fog juice from MBT Lighting and Sound), and to thoroughly clean your fogger by running distilled water thru&nbsp;it and letting it completely airdry before you store it away for the season.
&nbsp;Did you add any kind of spacer between the pvc and the nozzle for the fog machine? &nbsp;I've tried using pvc to route the fog from a machine before, but was uncomfortable with the heat of the nozzle and the proximity of the pvc...
Nope, but you are right to worry. The instructions for my original &nbsp;fog machine specifically warn about keeping a space of 2&quot;-3&quot; between the nozzle and any ducting. It had a large metal nozzle that dissapated the heat fairly well though so I wasn't too concerned about violating that as the PVC was okay up to 140 degrees.&nbsp;My new fog machine has a plastic guard over the nozzle that prevents any contact with the nozzle. If you are worried about your fog machine being too hot, you could add a pipe reducer that reduces from a large diameter that fits well over the nozzle&nbsp;down to your working pipe size so there is no chance of the nozzle making contact.
&nbsp;That is so cool! Great work!
<p>I was thinking of doing the same thing myself but did not know how the straight cannon barrel would look.&nbsp; It looks fantastic!<br /> <br /> As for the light and sound being synchronized with the fog machine, I think a simple solution might be to add a motion detector in the barrel.&nbsp;I think it might detect the fog and then could set off the light and sound feature.&nbsp; Let me know if you try it and it works.</p>
How long did it take you to make that on Solid Works? we use it a school and we never get to use all of the features like the rendering we just design and print the design sheet<br /> <br />
Not long, but I've been using Solidworks for many years in my work as an Industrial Design Consultant (<a href="http://www.eikedesign.com">www.eikedesign.com</a>). I'd say it was a couple of hours but that includes design time and&nbsp;trying some different alternatives. If I had to recreate it from scratch knowing wht the end result would be, I could probably do it in less than 1/2 hour. The rendering component of Solidworks, called Photoworks, is not included in the basic version of Solidworks which I assume is what you are using in school.
Very nice <br />
Gives me an idea:<br /> Cannon stereo!<br /> The cannons could be speakers, and &quot;shoot&quot; sound!<br />
What a 1st Class Idea, and Instructable! KUDOS!!<br /> <br />
&nbsp;That's a very good idea<br /> like you said a bright red light flashing off would be good and maybe have that light go off and then the fog come out within split seconds.&nbsp;<br /> And another&nbsp;addition&nbsp;to make this seam like it is being shot off you could mount speakers inside the design and have a recording of a loud explosion go off&nbsp;<br /> I think that would be very cool!
Wowzer!&nbsp; great project<br />
Great stuff! Really nice finished look and I dig the Solidworks planning.<br />

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