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 :)
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Step 1: Create your own sugru pistons
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
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!