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7 things we learnt building the sugru Rainbow Gatling Water Pistol

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We love testing the limits of what sugru can do.

Our engineering and material teams are always cooking up new ways to flex, stick and stretch sugru, to test just how much it can take. They doggedly pursue excellence, care deeply about every last detail.

Then it gets hot outside and they start dreaming about water pistols!

Which got us thinking. With all this sugru, and these amazing people, could we create the coolest water pistol ever?

Now, while we take our work very seriously here at sugru, we don’t see the harm in having a little fun while we do it. In fact it’s kind of in our DNA — ‘sugru’ was inspired by the Irish word for ‘play’ (and it’s still our most important ingredient)

Take a look at our beautiful new video to see the sugru rainbow gatling gun in action!

We've put together guides to show you 7 great sugru ideas that we used while making the water pistol. We hope some of them are useful to integrate into for your own projects! We're looking forward to hearing what you think :)

Need to stock up on some sugru? You can buy online from us.

 
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Step 1: Create your own sugru pistons

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Why use sugru for this?

- elastic properties

- almost zero shrinkage

What you will need

- a length of PVC pipe

- sugru (we used 2 same colour, 1 different)

- a saw

- a vice

- a hammer

- a carving tool

- a cup of soapy water

Steps

1 - place the PVC in the vice and saw off the length needed (we used ~2.5cm)

2 - use your fingers to wet the surface of your workspace with a little soapy water (it prevents sugru sticking to the surface)

3 - open 2 minipacks of sugru and squidge them together (we used the same colour) Then push the sugru into the cut piece of pipe until it fills it completely.

4 - Leave to cure for 24 hours

5 - When the sugru is cured, place the piece into your vice lengthways and make an incision in the pipe to weaken it.

TIP - take care not to cut into the sugru inside.

6 - using your hammer, hit the pipe on the weak point you have created to break it apart. You will be left with just a cylinder of sugru.

7 - Use your carving tool to remove a little sugru from each end - this helps to make the piston more squishy!

8 - Carve out a ring around the circumference of the piece of sugru

9 - Open the third minipack of sugru and roll it into a small sausage. Apply this to the carved indent around the centre.

10 - Make sure the sugru around the centre is slightly wider than the piston itself. Leave for 24 hours.

11 - Once cured, dip the piston in soapy water and you've got a your own sugru piston!

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tturner142 months ago
Sugru is expensive as hell. That's why there is 25 DIY on making your own Sugru!
This water gun is for the rich man with way too much time on his hands...
Battlespeed5 months ago

If people are upset because there are no actual instructions with this "ible", I can get the ball rolling:

STEP ONE: Buy lots and lots and lots and lots of Sugru.

STEP TWO: When you run out of Sugru, buy lots and lots and lots more.

Next?

ElectroFrank5 months ago

This is an abuse of Instructables.

This should be taken down.

It is nothing but pure advertising.

There are no instructions or plans in this instructable for building the featured water pistol.

projectsugru (author)  ElectroFrank5 months ago

Hi ElectroFrank, we are long time members of the Instructables community and a small team of makers here. We are in no way trying to abuse the instructables platform (that we love) in any way. These were genuine learnings from our recent project, that we hope people will find useful to integrate into their own projects. The water pistol build was pretty epic, we're talking +60 hours in under 2 weeks and we didn't document the full process (oops!). But we have now uploaded DXF files which we hope will help.

Hi Projectsugru, Thanks for your reply. I am sure Sugru is a wonderful product, particularly for the Instructables community, and it is good to document its usefulness and new ways of using it. But a company recommending its own product on a public site needs to be careful in how its material is put across. Perhaps you should "beta test" your articles on a neutral person to check whether they are crossing a (rather vaguely drawn) line in the sand.

I do intend to buy a good sized pack of some Sugru one day, for much experimentation and many purposes, but not until the price comes down and the shelf life problem has been solved. (2 part compound ? Different catalyst ? UV ?)

I've been wondering where I might be able to find some "neutral persons". I can think of all kinds of applications for a repositiory of "neutral persons" in political disputes, product testing, internet arguments, and pH monitoring.

They are notoriously crafty at hiding from all of us opinionated, contentious people.

Same thing......Its an advertising spam !!! waste of serve's space and readers time

projectsugru (author)  agis685 months ago

hi agis68, we're sorry you think that. We shared believing it would be useful for people in the community to integrate into their own maker projects.

I was thinking the same thing.... I see no blueprints or plans on how to create the project, but simply how to use a product you can purchase to build something similar. If they would have given a full detailed set of instructions on actually building it, and not just what the over priced product they are selling can do, then it would have been fine. I second the removal of this instructable.

projectsugru (author)  RocketPenguin5 months ago

Hi Nicola, we have now added the DXF files that we have in step 8. But as the build was over +60 and done in a very short space of time, we didn't have chance to document the entire build process. We are a small team of makers here at sugru and the project was to help us learn more about sugru's properties and what it was capable of. We genuinely learnt a lot about sugru here and think that these 7 things will be of interest to the community.

rangerweavere5 months ago

PLEASE SAY YOU ARE HIRING

This is awesome!

thanks so much, we had a blast creating it :) you can read the full story of how we came to make it here http://sugru.com/blog/the-story-of-the-sugru-water-pistol

I figured I could add some constructive feedback here as an avid reader of instructables (not to mention newly a writer!) and regular sugru user:

The build is truly awesome! Both the engineering and the look of it are great and clearly it is a fun toy to play with too.

I think a lot of people got shirty as like me they clicked on a link in the instructables digest email with picture and title suggesting they would see how they could make this, and got through to a 'why we think our product is good' page; you can see the potential for disappointment. That said you have amended the title to be less misleading so good on you:)

If you wanted to make an instructable that the instructable community would enjoy much more (and possibly achieve your marketing on the side) making it much more like your blog post would at least give the insight into the development and how it works that we all crave.

Better still documenting the build retrospectively (this bit <closeup> was made like this) would result in a lot of your target audience being very excited by it.

I hope that helps.

ihart5 months ago

I flagged this as incomplete. There is no information in here on how to actually build anything. In it's current form, this is pure advertisement. What is the switch for? What do the pipes connect to?

projectsugru (author)  ihart5 months ago

hi ihart as the build was fairly epic (we're talking +60 hours in a v short space of time) we didn't document the full build process (oops!) but have added the DXF files that we have in step 8.

Hi Sugru company. I see that you keep repeating that you spent 60 hours making your device. I spent 6 months preparing, testing and documenting my last instructable. I had the goal of making my device repeatable to this community.

There are many who look at what you have done as just showing how people who buy your product can use it. That's called an advertisement. Since Instructables chose to feature it in the newsletter, they are partly at fault as well here and thus all the negative comments you are receiving.

How about taking the Instructable down, documenting how we can all make a cool water pistol from start to finish and then re-posting it??

camlockhart5 months ago

So sad to see that this was in the "10 best projects of June" email. I question the excuse that SUGRU didn't have time to document their build process. They had plenty of time to document the many uses of their project. And the DXF files are nice, but not a complete set of build instructions. I would have been cool with using Instructables as a way to communicate the uses of this product; if it was done as part of a project that enriched the community. This so called instructable just tries to sell a product, one I might have used before seeing this misuse of instructables.

damianzuch5 months ago
i guess if it's a matter of perogatives I'd have to agree with many of the comments; i felt like I was reading an ad for SUGRU and it somehow felt like it was encroaching on the community/share aspect that i like so much about Instructables. i'd love to see an instructable about the actual build (that's why i clicked on it - it looks awesome!) and i like the idea of SUGRU (although I've not yet used it). it would be a bummer if Instructables eventually turns into yet another site for advertising stuff, i'm really drawn to it in it's current form
projectsugru (author)  damianzuch5 months ago

hi daianzuch, thanks for the feedback. The build of the water pistol was pretty epic, over 60 hours in a short space of time. We didn't document the full build but we have uploaded the DXF files that we have in step 8. The content we have shared here was genuine learning from the build. Our hope is that the ideas are useful for people to include in their own projects. We have posted loads of other Ible's and hope that you can see that we try our best to make content that adds value. We're glad you liked the water pistol :)

Give them some constructive feedback. What would make this more reproducible and less spammy feeling?

You're likely squarely in their demographic crosshairs, and alienating guys like you is probably not their goal.

jamesblynch145 months ago

Howdy sugru, howdy disgruntled users. I agree that the title of this article is misleading, as there are not adequate instructions to construct a rainbow gatling water pistol here. I suggest a title change for this article to "7 ways to use sugru!" or something similar, to reflect the true content of the article. apart from that, this article does indeed place commercial advertising interests above educational interests.

projectsugru (author)  jamesblynch145 months ago

Hi jamesblynch14 thank you for the suggestion. We've now amended the title of the 'ible to relfect the content better and uploaded the DXF files that we have of the design.

Timeout though, the other instructables by project sugru are really good, very educational. I want one like them for the real gatling gun instructable

jchavis25 months ago

I didn't understand just how to build the gatling gun. It just looked like an instructable on how to use Sugru.

projectsugru (author)  jchavis25 months ago

Hi jchavis2 the build was actually epic! we're talking +60 hours in a v short time. We didn't document the entire build (our bad) but we have shared what we have in additional step 8.

Benjaay9995 months ago

Sick! And one of the guys who made it (if not both) are English!

wilgubeast5 months ago

Welp, you know you made a cool project when it's all staff comments off the bat.

That's absolutely fantastic! Hopefully it represents the next step in your hard steer into advertiser-generated, community-based content. This is really really cool, and I know it probably took some doing on your end to carve out the time and budget to pull off something so complex. You guys rock.

So has anyone bothered to ask the community of actual users if they think "advertiser-generated, community-based content." is "cool".? Judging from some of the (non staff) comments above I don't think so. But maybe I missed that memo.

Full disclosure: I work for Instructables and have tangentially worked with Sugru in the past. Nothing presently, though.

I saw a cool project after my friends at work emailed it to me. I liked it. I commented accordingly. 150+ people have favorited this project. 15,000+ have taken a look. I am not alone in appreciating this, nor alone in thinking that it's cool. (Nor should I have to defend my opinion, but since you're probably not alone in wondering...)

This wasn't a sponsored post. Instructables has not, as far as I know, ever asked Sugru to make us custom content. Nobody from Sugru asked us to take the Oogoo references out of the comments. This, to me, is hardly different from ladyada's Instructables projects, Mrballeng's projects, or anyone else who built a business and used Instructables to promote it by creating replicable projects that contain more instructional value than marketing nonsense.

If you disagree on the "instructional value > marketing value" point for this project, that's your prerogative.

I am aware that you work for Instructables. I asked a simple question based on your comment. I never mentioned Sugru.

projectsugru (author)  wilgubeast5 months ago

Thank you so much for your comments, they mean a lot to the whole of team sugru. We're super proud of the project. We can't wait to see people copy, share and improve on these ideas :)

yio5 months ago

Uninteresting hype for 5uggrü.

Kaiven5 months ago

Almost zero shrinkage? I want to see someone make a pneumatic or hybrid cannon using some of this as a piston! Maybe I'll try it in the future...

Halfdead5 months ago

Why would I pay outrageous prices for your product when readily available and inexpensive alternatives exist?

mman1506 Halfdead5 months ago

what alternative? oogoo? oogoo is quite diffrent than sugru

jchavis2 mman15065 months ago

It is harder, but epoxy putty does a lot of the same stuff. It wouldn't
have as soft of a grip, but epoxy putty is only $5 per 4 oz stick at the
hardware store.

Is it? Different recepture, same properties. Only a bit stickier, depends on starch to silicone ratio.

sinnadyr Halfdead5 months ago

Please elaborate :)

AJMansfield5 months ago

Though nothing really beats a blowtorch and some solder, at least for this part.

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