Diary of a Student Engineer Part 6: Time to Launch

  • The launcher must store the required potential energy to launch the ping-pong ball.
  • The launcher must have an automated reloading system (i.e. you can’t use your hands).
  • The ping pong ball must clear an obstacle, therefore requiring the ball to have a positive elliptical trajectory.

Ideation

Hooke’s Law

Prototyping

Initial Launcher Idea
Further Details & Prototype

Design Tweaks

Design Changes for Final Design
Reloading Mechanism
End, Elevation & Plan View of Final Launcher

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