Convert airgun/Paintball gun to be fired by a computer (12v solenoid valve) Answered
I have a project this summer where I need to convert a paintball marker and a co2 Airpistol to be fired by the use of a solenoid valve powered by 12v.
The project goal is high-speed photography, more or less photographing object being hit by a projectile.
What i need is a way to fire these guns precisely by the use of my computer and software, and since I already have plenty of 12 solenoid valves that work with this system I thought my easiest way is to adapt these valve to trigger the guns one way or another.
I just purchased a Valken V-TAC SW-1
which I plan to use as base (for parts) My reason for getting this particular one was that it was on sale for 50% and seems to be fairly popular as it's based on the Tippmann 98 design.
I attached an image of the valve I used with my controller and software (Cognisys Stop shot) now I can probably use any 12v solenoid valve (with the same spec ?) as the one I use now so it doesn't need to be these exact valves.
As long as they can be operated by turning on-off power with the same powersource i use to control my current solenoid valves.
From my understanding, most airguns use a pin valve, which is hit by a trigger mechanism that is then rearmed by the blowback.
What would be the best way to modify an airgun for my needs? Replace the pin valve with a suitable solenoid i can control instead? Or go for a design that uses maybe use a piston and 2-way valve to hit that pin?
The gun does not need to be mobile or ergonomic, it will be placed in a rig regardless, however keeping the barrel and keep the Picatinny is preferred to be able to mount marking aids etc. and mount the gun to a tripod.
Any tips or suggestions are highly appreciated!