2017-03-06 (M) Pi0 Laser Tag PiTagErrUs

There were two epiphanies today. The first came when all the tagger pieces were arranged as they would be if they were going to be assembled. I have never designed like this but I wanted a cool exploded view so I took the time to arrange everything. As I did this I realized the intrinsic value of designing like this from the beginning. Several model changes were necessary after rearranging and they would have been printed incorrectly otherwise.

Exploded and rotating view

The second epiphany was that this will be a weak enclosure with plenty of points for failure. 3D printing is powerful and valuable but it still has weaknesses and every time a five-hour-print fails midway through it exemplifies this. With an entry-level printer, this is simply a factor to contend with every time. I began to explore possibilities for building on top of a different enclosure and augmenting it with 3D-printed parts. Normally a tubular shape would be difficult to add to but properly modeled parts could easily turn a piece of inexpensive PVC into a durable tagger.

PVC was explored in the past as a tagger material but discarded because it was too restrictive due to the shape but with 3D-printed parts, it should be a simple matter. This also opens up the opportunity for a tagger longer than a printer’s platen and parts which can be printed on smaller printers for anyone copying this project. Currently, the tagger was pistol sized and already as wide as my printer’s largest dimension.

Close-up of the emitter portion

The rest of the posts for this project have been arranged by date.

First time here?

Completed projects from year 1.
Completed projects from year 2.
Completed projects from year 3.



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2017-02-23 (Th)

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