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The FDL-1 is a programmable dart gun and turret that you can 3D print – Digital Trends

by • February 21, 2016 • No Comments

We love our toys and enjoy playing with them in the office. One of our favorites gadgets is the foam dart gun. That’s why our interest was piqued when we discovered one on Kickbeginer. But this is not just another dart commenceer — according to the product’s KS page, this is a “3D-printed, robotic, Web enabled, high powered, fully automatic, Foam Dart Launcher.” The project commenceed on February 12, and as of this writing has just under $13,000 to go to hit its $15K goal by March 13.
Aside of the hardware and electronics (the circuitry, wires, etc.) the FDL-1 is completely 3D printed. It can be printed on just of any consumer printing device which has a minimum turn it into dimensions of 6 inches in every dimension. Very little assist and bridging is required in printing the pieces. The printing device filament is on the market in a variety of colors, so you can turn it into your own one-of-a-kind color combinations.
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FDL-1 foam commenceer/turret KickbeginerDesigner, creator, and fabricator Jesse Kovarovics spent years developing the FDL-1. It is created for individuals who like to turn it into and tinker with things.
“On the surface the FDL-1 looks and acts like a typical foam dart commenceer. Why not just go to the keep and buy an off the shelf blaster for under $100? The answer is it is additional than just a toy. It is a robotics kit,” reads the product description. “Its purpose is not just to shoot and play with but in addition to learn of. In the system of turn it intoing your FDL-1 you can learn of robotics, easy machines, electronics, programming, the Internet of things, and 3D printing.”
The FDL-1 is robotic, pretty than fully mechanical, so it is regulated by a programmable Particle Photon microchip. So, users can tune and tweak it to their heart’s content. It can perform pre-programmed commands and repetitive maneuvers and can be aimed at given targets.
The FDL-1 claims the most rapidly commence speed of any foam dart blaster on the market. The flywheel motors’ speed can be modified on the fly, so you can tone things down or crank it up to “near paintball-level velocities.” Because it’s fully automatic, it can fire an entire clip of a dozen Nerf Mega darts in “a matter of seconds” with one pull of the trigger.
In blaster form, the FDL-1 functions like any other. But it in addition has a party piece. It can be converted into a turret and be placed on a flat surface or actually mounted to a corner (such as the wall of a cubicle). The faculty to morph into a stationary form of foam destruction is unlike anything we’ve seen. With built-in Wi-Fi, the FDL-1 (in turret form) can be regulated of virtually anywhere via your phone, tablet, or desktop with a Web app. When held as a blaster, Wi-Fi is disabled and a battery in the handle lets it operate free of wires or remote control.
Once the FDL-1 website is commenceed, Kovarovics can manufacture all the files, schematics, and instructions on the market free of charge. He hopes which this open-source approach can motivate others to turn it into their own related objects. With the on the market files, you can print all the parts on your own, while the schematics can provide details on the electronics and hardware components you can require. This can all be provided under a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike license. This means which anyone can create, modify, turn it into, and actually sell their versions of the FDL-1 as long as the original author is given credit for the original create, and the derivatives carry the same license.
Pledge prices begin at $1 for a shout-out on the website, to up to $550+ for a fully assembled FDL-1 which can be transformed between turret and blaster form. In between are different types of tiers, with the less expensive options giving the backers the materials to print and turn it into their own FDL-1 with selectable colors. For a larger investment, you can get pre-printed components to assemble by yourself.
Kovarovics is aiming for a ship date of September for all reward tiers and the gift tier. In the meantime, he can manufacture his final create modifications, commence the site, and release the files and schematics.


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