Introduction: Pool Golf/Soccer
Engineering project playable by two individuals of all ages. There are 6 slots where any form of a ball (no larger than 2.5 inches in diameter) must be put into. There are various forms of playing with a club or just your feet. Also, it has different types of games to play. For example, it can be played as a traditional pool game, first to put all of their designated balls in wins. Or streak, every ball scored brings back an opponents ball previously scored, best way to win requires a player to score most of their balls in one after another. Fun, easy to learn, easily disassembled, and a great way to socialize, Pool Golf is an effective way of passing time.
Step 1: Address Problem and Create a Solution
We were designated to create a project that utilized different aspects of the 4 years we've been taking this engineering course. We decided to go to go with a simple, yet unique project that would use aspects of the first, second, and fourth years of this course (we utilized the engineering process from the first, SolidWorks from the second, and the wood shop from the fourth). Once we addressed this issue, we decided to continue on and create a pool frame to play either golf or soccer (with balls smaller than 2.5 inches in diameter).
Step 2: Gather Materials
30 feet of 2x1 wood
6 pieces of 7x11 acrylic
10 balls with diameter less thank or equal to 2.5 inches
4 Small T-shirts
PVC pipe with 1/2 inch diameter
2x1x1 block of wood
2 pieces of 2x1 wood
4 rubber bands
Step 3: Building Process
- Cut all of our wood with band saws and circle saws into all the correct lengths we needed.
- Placed out the wood to make the main frame but didn't screw any of it together.
- Using the main frame, we measured the empty spaces between the sockets(where the balls would enter and count as a point) and cut pieces of acrylic to fill them and add some design to it.
- We then secured the main frame with screws, and used nails to hold the acrylic in place. The nails are removable, allowing the user to remove the acrylic and split the main frame into two smaller pieces.
- We then cut the 4 t-shirts into rectangles and placed them behind the socket to act as a net and prevent the balls from going anywhere away from the main frame.
Step 4: Conclusion
After various trials with students in our class, staff members, and Mr. Bartels himself, we've finalized our product and refined it to make it the best possible. We utilized all of our materials and tools available in our class lab leaving the remains for future classes to use. With the knowledge we learned throughout the 4 years of the engineering courses available in our school, and the guidance of Mr. Bartels, we've completed our last project of high school that hopefully met our teachers expectations.
It's been real Bartels, take care of the future Thor for the class of 2015.