If you are looking for a guide, check the [Instructable]. =D More pics are available on [Phil Source – Flickr]! SO, why did I do it? Well here is a bit of a backstory: My university started playing HvZ in the spring semester of 2010. When I first read about the game on its facebook page I was skeptical that there would be many people who would be willing to let their nerd out like myself. So I chose to use a basic NERF Longshot (Which I heavily modified) and got myself a sidearm, however during the first mission about 200 students arrived; all decked out in tactical gear and a plethora of modified NERF weapons. The next day I took all my tactical gear out of my closet from my airsoft days and went out to have the most fun on campus that I ever had. However I quickly learned that NERF Blasters will not shoot father than 20-30′ stock (The box always lies). This is obviously due to the fact that they are toys, you don’t want a child shooting anothers eye out now do ya’? After heavily modifying the inside of the NERF Longshot another issue arose, the aerodynamics of the darts caused them to spiral out of the barrel at higher velocities rendering them useless. This second realization led a small group of the crazy players (Mostly engineering students) to experiment with our own custom darts made from foam backer rod. But even after making the best darts we could, we still needed more firepower. I opted to go for a longer range approach, with a semi-auto firing mode….. It was knicknamed the OP-1 (Over Powered…. first version). With a range of 200′ angled, and a semi-auto firing rate nearing 5 rounds per second, meant “Zombies” wouldn’t be able to get close enough to my squad to charge. My role during our missions was not to pick people off at insane distances as most players will just pretend they didn’t get hit or walk off just to return immediately; instead it was to keep them at bay. So even when they thought they were safe and could taunt us, a dart to the chest ended their dancing and reminded the rest that they should hide behind something. This page is more of a showcase and a small explanation on how it functions. This is not a project that can be easily made with a hand drill and a dremel, if this is something that appeals to you please check the Instructable for more step by step documentation and cad drawings (In PDF form) for the main bolt mechanism. On to the pictures!!! External Photos: Here is the original NERF Longshot: After a LOT of modification, here is the...
Laser cutting filtration cabinet: Preface, I recently moved into an apartment with my Fiance and unfortunately had to leave my big machines at my families house (Tormach 1100, CNC masters lathe, Smithy 3 axis mill). I was able to bring my MaxNC desktop mill and once I finished an enclosure to make it apartment friendly i set out to build a 3D printer capable of making resin cast ready parts. I decided that a laser cutter would come in handy to build my inkjet style 3D printer, so i purchased a full spectrum 5th generation laser. Between my MaxNC 4 axis mill, laser cutter, and Makerbot I should be able to make any of my smaller projects in-apartment. Project Background: Now that I had a laser cutter on the way I had to provide a stand, air filtration system, water cooling for the laser tube, and an air assist system. I decided to combine all of this together in as tight a space as I could, while also making sure it was apartment safe and visually pleasing.I know you all look at the pictures first so here is an image of the finished product. And the internals: DISCLAIMER: I lack carpentry skills, I am at home working in a machine shop but I’ve never been good at working with wood; Do not expect professional carpentry. I wanted to share this project in case there is someone else out there who is in a similar situation. The following project log will be broken down into these parts: 1. Bill of Materials 2. Tools required 3. Filtration Unit Construction 4. Blower installation and connection 5. Water cooling installation and support structure 6. Air assist connection And here is a pic of my milling enclosure: I would advise anyone attempting this build to locate the nearest friend who owns a table saw and a jig saw as it will make your life drastically easier. Feel free to substitute the MDF for plywood if you have it available, the only reason I went with the MDF was because I had it on hand from a previous project. My main limitation with some of my material choices was the space available to work, most of the work had to be done on my coffee table in a small apartment. Bill of materials: 1/2″ MDF Sheet (2′ x 4′) x 2 –> $10ea at Home depot [SKU# 279388] 1″ SQ wood segments x 4 –> ~$2 ea at Home depot [Used to build exterior stair railings] Chicken wire 25′ –> $13 at Lowes [Item# 92679] Fiberglass screen 25′ –> $6 at Lowes [Item# 15542] 4″ to 6″ Duct fitting –>$8 at Lowes [Item# 127823] 4″ 90 Deg Elbow x 2 –> $4.50 at Lowes...
So I haven’t updated this in a while, but there are several new developments that warrant a new post. The first of which is a new logo =D, this logo will be the official logo for the time being and encompasses both this site as well as my robotics ventures and prosthetics. My current project pages will be updated shortly to include the pages on the boats I designed/built while heading up the SBU Solar Boat team, as well as the mini baja page.
The other big development is that I just purchased a Makerbot replicator, so shenanigans will ensue.
Oh and I have decided to build a replica avenger and dress up for PAX…. so stay tuned.
So, I doubt there are more than 5 (which is still being optimistic) people actually going to read this but I am trying to start a habit of posting at least once a week. So I figured I’d post a small update:
That’s it for now =D
So after a little bit of tinkering I broke the site (Picasa plugin ended up being to blame), but a quick trip through the directory and a few deleted items and I’m back in business. I absolutely love how easy wordpress is to use, definatly a good starting point if you want to get a site up and running quickly.
You will notice I am beginning to get the navigation for the site working, there is still alot to be done but I am hoping to begin uploading pictures for my project pages shortly. My amazon affiliate application was approved so I will be adding an E-store in the near future where you can buy materials for certain posted projects.
My very own logo and banner is in the works, I hope I can get it uploaded within the next week. Unfortunately I’ve been holding off on most of this site until after the FE exam which is this Saturday.
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I figured it was about time to have my own site, it has been live for a few hours so hold tight while I get this bad boy up and running. First order of business is getting my portfolio of my current and past projects up. After which I will probably alter the layout of the site and start creating pages for each of my current projects.Learn More