Loom Launcher: A 3D Printed Rubber Band Shooting Play Gun
I woke up getting this news in my email. It awakens my still sleeping mind when I read that it uses Rainbow Loom Bands to shoot! Yes. A toy gun that could launch rubber bands.
When I was younger, I remember that I have played a wood toy gun who shoots rubber bands too! (Yes, I’m kinda into “boys” toys when I was little). But then the rubber band before was bigger and it is made of wood and sticks that is bind by tapes or another rubber bands.
Comparing the band that was used before Loom Launcher, Rainbow Loom bands are almost just a tenth of its size.
The Loom Launcher design is posted on Kickstarter, Inc. website. It is a company that allows creative people like us with ambitious, imaginative and innovative projects comes to life by serving as a funding platform for these kind of projects. It is everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology.
The designer of this Loom Launcher is Adrian van Wijk a sustainability advocate and dad of two boys from Vancouver, Canada. He says this is the world’s first 3D printed, mechanical, multi-shot, self-priming, rubber-band launcher all designed to be 3D printed in a single run. Adrian has been into years of product development and most of his designs have been granted multiple patents and has won international and eco designs awards. This design according to him started when he saw a vintage rubber band gun made using 19th century tools.
“I wondered, how the same idea would look in today’s world of 21st century technology?” van Wijk says. “And so, it started with a stick… and after many handcrafted keyboard strokes and 27 prototypes later, the Loom Launcher was born: a rubber band launcher designed for the 21st century. You can even 3D print it yourself and have it materialize before your 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 Rainbow Loom® rubber bands as it’s bullets.
“What makes this design unique is all the parts are printed in one go with a laser powered 3D printer, and the energy needed to make the mechanism work comes from the elastic bands you load into the launcher,” van Wijk says. “I’ve worked with many mechanisms (even patented a few) and have never seen anything like this before, so I want to share it with everyone.”
You can load up to 12 rubber bands in one go in this toy Loom Launcher. It only needs just a little responsibility and common sense on operating this device according to the designer. How ever there is a list of warning he enumerated.
- Load the Loom Launcher and use as instructed in the “How to use” leaflet.
- Obey the laws regarding toy guns in your jurisdiction!
- For your own safety, never hold and point a toy gun in public.
- Rubber bands are a choking hazard.
- Don’t shoot at people or animals (including pets).
- Don’t put elastic bands in the eyes, ears, nose or mouth of people, or animals (including pets).
- Don’t stretch the elastic bands over body parts of people or animals (including pets).
- Keep out of the reach of people (including small children) or animals (especially pets) who may not understand the above warnings.
For the initial production of printing these Loom Launcher on demand, Adrian van Wijk’s partnered with Anubis 3D.
The Loom Launcher, according to Adrian, is printed as a single part. Replacement parts will never be needed since the has been extensively tested but should be printed on any filament printer with a 100 mm² build plate in SLS Nylon.
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