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How to make a Portal Gun.

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This is how i made my portal gun for halloween 2011.

it is one of many way that you can make a portal gun. i made it this way because my experiances with these materials were higher than any other method. 


Ive entered this to the Hurricane Lasers Contest, if you like it enough could you please vote for me at the top of this page.. Thank you in advance. :D
 
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Step 1: Materials

Blue insulation foam for the main shells of the gun.

the barrel and body were made from PVC pipes at 110mm and 70mm  and one clear 65mm tube. also a solid clear acrylic rod at 20mm

plastic acrylic sheet for detailing parts.

three black cables (thick electrical cable is fine) and wire to put inside.  or three wire core foam wrapping strips (like the hair curling things. i found mind at a general store or DIY store)


for the electronics i had two bright blue LEDs and two red LEDs (shoud be orange but i didnt have any) a three way switch, an assortment of wire and a 9volt battery.

emulsion paint, filler primer spray paint, plastic primer spray paint, lots of white spray paint and black spray paint.

car body filler (most commonly called bondo) i used P38 polyester filler.

Glue! lots of glue ranging from two part epoxie and super glue.

also masking tape.

Step 2: Tools.

the tools used for this project were:

belt sander, jigsaw, hacksaw blade and lots of craft knifes.

losts of different grade sand paper: corse to very fine.

soldering iron for the wiring.

lots of clamps.
tbh-11382 months ago

Do not look directly into the operational end of the device.

lennypatty15 months ago
How thick was the Blue foam you used?
How long should the shells be? Also, how long is the portal gun itself?
sirchewy111 months ago
Wow
Why pay for neca's is you can do your own.
Congrats!!!!!!!
backwards lamb (author)  sirchewy111 months ago
indeed! also i made this well before the official one from Neca came out.
Chldnr12 months ago
Hello. Do you mind Telling the Dimensions of the shells?
Ernext1 year ago
AWESOME! this is a really good work, I love it
janafekin1 year ago
how much would it cost to make if you didn't Have any of the parts already?
backwards lamb (author)  janafekin1 year ago
i honestly couldn't tell you im afraid. as i did have nearly all the stuff or got it from friends as scrap i dont know how much the parts would cost. sorry
wait sorry, where did you buy the acrylic hook connecters?
backwards lamb (author)  Fastndfurious1 year ago
Which parts do you mean? The tabs that have a hole through where the front claws connect to with a bolt? If yes, I made them out of acrylic sheet cut out on a laser cutter
How did you make the claws on the front?
backwards lamb (author)  Fastndfurious1 year ago
They were made from acrylic sheet cut out on a laser cutter.
imdabest1 year ago
this is so awesome
backwards lamb (author)  imdabest1 year ago
Thank you.
How much did this cost you to make?
backwards lamb (author)  1_Steve_Jobs1 year ago
im affraid i dont know. i made it a year ago and also used lots of things that i already had in stock
nerd121 year ago
i really like the look of the main shells. they look just glossy enough. one question though, how strong is the foam? also, is it very porous like other foams?
i have never used insulation foam so if it is easy i just might start.
backwards lamb (author)  nerd121 year ago
The foam isn't too porous. It's a very hard dense foam. Closed cell I think is a word used to describe it sometimes.

It's a very easy material to work with. You can get good results with it if you spend time on it.
Please can anyone tell me where you got the foam from?
backwards lamb (author)  generaldidsy1 year ago
i got this foam from ebay, but model shops and DIY shops have it.
baterman1 year ago
How or where did you get your Logos?
backwards lamb (author)  baterman1 year ago
I made them my self. I got the logo from the Internet and traced round it and then cut it out from vinyl sticker sheet.
Mrspott1 year ago
Just need to strong enough to put a potato with an Led on the spokes
backwards lamb (author)  Mrspott1 year ago
I do plan on making a glados potato but it's on the back burner for now.
sweeet!
ravenking1 year ago
Cool project. I went to your flicker site. Your Fallen Angel paintings on skateboards are excting to look at! Wow!
I've got the main part done...I just can't find something good to build the white part. How's the paint holding up on the insulation?
backwards lamb (author)  mr monoply331 year ago
very well, if you get enough sealing done with acrylic paint and filler it will hold up.

it wont hold up to being smashed about. but they are pretty strong.
I've begun looking in to plaster castings. I've used play-dough for wax castings...considering that method here. I'm just going to need much more play-dough. I ended up buying enough PVC for two, just because I couldn't get smaller increments. Should I feel like making a second one, it should speed things up.

I do, also, have to ask...Where did you find this acrylic bar? I've been to several hardware stores, craft stores, glass & plastics...nothing. I'm currently using a piece of frosted vinyl tubing, but it doesn't glow as well. I'm probably going to compensate with some extra LEDs.
backwards lamb (author)  mr monoply331 year ago
i got the bar from a website. its a uk website. www.clearplastictube.co.uk

its in the ROD section

they carry alot of cool acrylic stuff.
lolpota1 year ago
thats awesome
alanabs1 year ago
I found one for sale, and its on sale too. Only $139

http://www.brand-name-coupons.com/valve-portal-device-replica.html
How much did this cost and how long did it take?
backwards lamb (author)  theqwertman1 year ago
i dont have a Cost for this as i wasnt really keeping track of cost, also i got a lot of free bits , like the pipes were from a plumber friend as they were ofcuts.

it took around a month of working two or three nights a week. i could have taken longer to get a better finish but i rushed it to get it ready for halloween.
alanabs1 year ago
Was this you who made the video too?

Portal: Terminal Velocity from Jason Craft on Vimeo.

EXCELENTE MUCHACHOS...................BIEN HECHO !!!!
backwards lamb (author)  alanabs1 year ago
oh and nope i didnt make the video .
Doubtful. The Portal Gun in that video is totally CGI.
They did actually release a limited edition portal gun earlier this year. http://www.thinkgeek.com/interests/portal/ed41/
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