Today, I have the great pleasure of introducing to you the Ping Pong Ball Mauler, the only fully automatic, large capacity, ping pong ball launcher. This is the first do it yourself project I have undertaken with my new company, Outsmarting Technologies LLC . Please visit the website to see other recent creations or check out my construction blog
Back to the Ping Pong Ball Mauler. This creation is unlike any other pneumatic launcher created. Traditional pneumatic launchers utilize a low volume, high pressure system and are usually only capable of launching a barrel loaded projectile (commonly a potato) and then can launch this object far, but at a very slow rate, often taking more than a minute before a follow up launch is possible and would be very dangerous to hit someone with.
However, the Ping Pong Ball Mauler is completely different. By utilizing a high volume, low pressure system provided by a standard shop vacuum, The Ping Pong Ball Mauler can launch hundreds of balls a minute, continuously, without having to reload! By utilizing a 55 gallon poly drum to hold over 2500 ping pong balls, the user can sustain a rapid rate of fire so long as there is ammo left. It has a maximum firing capacity of 300 balls per minute (as long as nothing jams). The best part is, the balls are so light and harmless that they can readily be used to attack and unsuspecting friend with (be sure not to aim for the face as one to the eye may cause damage).
I have organized each step of this Instructable into 5 sections to try and make it as clear and easy to follow as possible:
1) Step Aim: where I discuss what we will accomplish/create in this step.
2) Tools: which tools will be required to perform this step.
3) Materials: what materials from the part list will you need in this step.
4) Directions: step by step directions for this particular component's construction.
5) Tips: where I make note of any problems I ran into and ways to avoid them during your building process.
Of course, there will be countless photos, diagrams, drawing, and links to supplement each step and avoid any confusion (you may need to view full size to see all the dimensions and notes properly).
The best part of all of this is its simplicity to make. Anyone can build this as there are no particularly difficult skills to learn and all of the parts are readily available at any home improvement store. This is a great weekend project and is an absolute blast to use. So what are you waiting for, let us get started!
I recommend reading through all of the steps before attempting to build it and ask any questions before you start. Also, feel free to be creative and make whatever changes you would like, there are plenty of ways to make this and customize it to your needs.
Again my name is Christian Reed (going to be a junior at MIT this year in Mechanical Engineering) and feel free to look at my company, personal, or blog websites. Of course, feel free to message me or otherwise contact me with any questions or problems you have and I would be happy to help.
Step 1: Materials
- Welder (don’t worry if you don’t have one, the frame can easily be built from 2x4’s cut in half (the long way) without much of a problem
- Angle Grinder
- Dremel Multitool
- Wrench and Socket Set
- Spring Clamps
- Utility Knife
- Jig Saw
- Metal Cut off Saw
See attached PDF