It all started with a stick…the Loom Launcher was born after many handcrafted keyboard strokes by the designer Adrian van Wijk of Vancouver Canada and a dad of two boys. This rubber band launcher is designed for the 21st century. Those who owned a 3D printer can print it yourself and have it materialize before their very eyes.
With over half a dozen prototypes and 100 of hours of designs and testing Loom Launcher featuring a Pallet Anchor trigger mechanism and the type of ratchet used in mechanical clocks, this is not a low-tech device and it uses mini rubber bands as it’s bullets. See below on how does it works.
All parts of this design are printed with a laser powered 3D printer in just one go, which makes it really unique. And to make the mechanism works, it uses the rubber bands elastic properties as you load it to the launcher. Amazing isn’t it? And it is not just fancy, they are stretching Rainbow® Loom Bands into maximum!
This Loom Launcher is designed and optimized to be printed on 3D Filament printers. With the dimension of 3.9 x 3.9 inches (for the classic loom only), this toy is really handy. And because it is a nylon printed material, it is also light.
This all in one additive toy gun is semi-automatic with “self-priming trigger,” is made from durable 3D printed high quality nylon. It loads and shoots up to 12 mini rubber bands. This Kickstart Campaign is seeking to raise 3,600 CAD or around $2,700 USD until September 25–can include a range extender, a laser sight, internal “ammunition” storage or a display stand depending on the level of commitment you make in this project.
How to get one of these Loom Launcher:
A pledge of $5 (CAD) and you will get a Loom Launcher DIY-3D design in .STL and .STEP files for printing.
With the pledge of $28 (CAD) or more and you will get a Loom Launcher Princess design 3d printed in a strong and durable high resolution Nylon. It would also comes with 50 mini rubber bands.
You will get a Loom Launcher Dirty Harry for a pledge of $35 (CAD) or more. This comes also with 50 mini rubber bands and is also printed in high resolution , strong and durable nylon. The difference of this one to the Princess Loom is that, it can shoot 1 Maximum Velocity with every trigger pull.
Here are some more of the Loom Designs you can choose from. You can get the Loom Launcher Family (all loom design in this post printed in 3D nylon) for a pledge of $160 (CAD) or more. Together with 250 rubber bands, “1x Silenter”(range extender applicable to all looms), and a magazine storage. How cool is that!
The designer Adrian van Wijk says that 1% of all the total Kickstarter commitments will go to a global network of non-profit organizations dedicated to environmental protection. And since the design has been tried and tested as per the designer, then “Lock and Load”!
Watch this video to know how it started and how the design is made.
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