They actually have a gun!
Truth be told, I was curious as to whether or not I could come up with a smaller printable projectile launcher. Further tweaking to my The Cheat model gave me a good scale to shoot for, a vehicle to introduce the MiniShot to the world, and further practice / experimentation in Blender!
As with the original, larger version developed, inspiration came from the ultimate toy designers: the geniuses at Lego. Before we get into this, a note:
**DO NOT FIRE PROJECTILES AT PEOPLE OR ANIMALS… ESPECIALLY THE FACIAL AREAS.**
And usually my designs are mostly kid friendly, but you may want to sit this one out if you have smaller children. Use discretion. My little ones are only allowed to play with these sans projectiles for now.
If you’re ready, let’s get into the build!
0.219″ OD x 1″ L x 1.09lb Max Load Compression Spring – McMaster 9657K690 (Grab a pack or two to build up your forces!)
3D Printer (or printing service)
SUPERTite Multi-Grab 360 (Maybe)
1. Print out Parts
Files can be found on MyMiniFactory
March 2020 UPDATE: Files can be downloaded directly from this site at the bottom of the page. They are also available on Prusa Printers!
The MiniShot has some tight tolerances designed in, so HERE is the Fusion 360 file in case you need to make adjustments to any clearances. Use printing settings you are most comfortable with.
2. Assemble MiniShot
Three printed components and a purchased spring. Easy as pie.
Insert the spring into MS-Barrel as shown.
Press-fit MS-Barrel into MS-Base as shown. Be sure to pay attention to the orientation of the diamond shape. Use a little glue if necessary.
Insert MS-Projectile and give it a couple test fires. It should lock into place when loading and is released by pushing down on the end.
4. Gear Up
Press fit the MiniShot assembly onto the back of your CheekymanDrone. Use a little glue if necessary.
5. Blow Up the Ocean!
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Also, a special “thank you” to acastil7 on MyMiniFactory for the support!
March 2020 UPDATE: Files are available here! Click the Download button below for a zip file.
Files are available under the Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license.