Introduction: Swinging Nerf Target (Silly Solutions)
Everyone loves Nerf guns.
It's always fun to have a "war" without any injuries. But, sometimes, my brother doesn't feel like playing. I totally understand his reasoning because I'm a super amazingly skilled Nerf blaster master and he knows he doesn't stand a chance.
So, instead, I used Tinkercad and my 3D printer to make my own Nerf target. So, whenever we don't feel like playing, we can improve our accuracy and maybe make a game out of it.
Nerf darts move too fast to see where they hit, so my target swings on each section to let you know how many points you got.
You will need. . .
- 3D printer (or go to a local makerspace)
Step 1: Design the Target Points
First, get three cylinders, each bigger than the last, and cut holes in the center of the biggest two. Make sure the smaller cylinders can fit inside the largest one with plenty of space around the edges.
Next, just for looks, cut little rings out of the edges and the centers of the cylinders.
Now, for the hooks, grab a rectangle and make a hook shape using the holes. Make sure they're rounded where the hook dips. Make five of them.
Next, place the cylinders inside one another and line the hooks up evenly. Make sure there is space between each one. You may have to cut each hook to fit.
Now, make spaces between each hook and the two largest cylinders.
Lastly, add numbers to each target point. The smallest 100, largest 10, and the second largest 50.
Step 2: Design the Target Frame
Use a rectangle and some holes to make the shape you want. This will be the base so the frame won't fall over.
Grab another rectangle and use some more holes to make it the shape you want. Make two and rotate one 180 degrees. These will be the columns that hold the beam in place.
Use more rectangles and a cylinder to hold the target points up. Make sure the cylinder is slightly smaller than the target point's hook so they will swing smoothly.
Lastly, add more rectangles between each hook, so the target points won't run into each other. You can use holes to make it how you like.
Step 3: Ready to Print
Now, group everything together and place them like so and they are ready to print.
Step 4: 3D Print
I used black and white filament and printed it using my Ender 3. I think it looks great, but we'll see how it performs in the next step.
Step 5: Assembly and Gameplay
The video is short, but was really fun to make.
To put it together, just place the target points in the frame slots and your done!
I think it works great and it's really fun to use. If you're using larger darts like Mega or Rival, then it's better to put a weight or a book on the base, so it doesn't fall over.
This was a really fun project and my brother and I use it often.
Participated in the
Tinkercad Student Design Contest