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3D printed, arm-mounted ‘gatling gun’ can fire 48 rubber bands in seconds – Digital Trends

by • July 11, 2016 • No Comments

Sometimes 3D printing can be a reminder of humankind’s skill to triumph over our environment, as not long ago evidenced when the initially 3D printed tool was that successfully created on board the International Space Station. Other times, it can be a reminder of the wonders of modern medicine, as seen through the phenomenon of “bio-inks” and the dream of one day printing out working organs for life-saving treatment.
And and so there are the times when it’s utilized to print out fully-automatic gatling guns capable of firing off 48 rubber bands in a matter of seconds. Is it wrong that part of us is not certain that of these three is our favourite application?
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Created by 3D printing artisan Matthew Davis, the so-called “Arcus” is a thing of beauty, and snaps together without the require for screws or glue. Davis has created the instructions on the market over at Instructables, although you can require a lot of time and patience to get all of your 3D printed parts eager for assembly.
“I’d seen a 3D printed rubber band gun online preceding, that was only a basic hand-held one. I idea it was quite rad, so I only set out to create my own,” Davis tells Digital Trends. “The hardest part was producing it sturdy adequate to hold the elastic bands, and getting the spinning mechanism to work was a real challenge too.”

As Davis notes, the Arcus is not the initially 3D printed rubber band gun to show up online, but it’s unquestionably got a few nifty showcases. “Unlike approximately all of the other rubber band Gatling guns out there, the Arcus uses the energy of the rubber bands that it is shooting to spin the barrels,” he explains in accompanying notes. “The Arcus in addition showcases the arm mount process, meaning that to hold it you put your arm through the center and the barrels can spin around your arm. A cam process is utilized so that when you pull the trigger the barrels can begin the rotation.”
If you’ve at any time wanted to understand what Final Fantasy’s Barret Wallace may print if he at any time got his hands (err, hand) on a 3D printing device, appear no additional!
Did we mention how much we love additive making?

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