Man creates handheld railgun with a 3D-printer

Guy creates handheld railgun with a 3D-printer

YouTube consumer “Xtamared” constructed a partly 3D-printed railgun that may hearth aluminum or graphite projectiles at over 250 meters per second (560 mph). No, this is not Quake, and it is no janky, all-plastic weapon, both. The “handheld” weapon homes six capacitors that weigh 20 kilos and ship over three,000 kilojoules of power per shot. And it certainly works identical to a full-sized railgun, utilizing parallel electrodes to fireside an “armature” bullet. The creator used an Arduino Uno R3 to watch charging ranges, temperature and different elements, and needed to modify the rails after he observed “plasma injury.”

Guy creates handheld railgun with a 3D-printer

The ensuing design was complicated sufficient that he even made a 3D CAD drawing that might do DARPA proud (above). The check photographs with graphite and aluminum projectiles have been far much less deadly than a daily gun, as you possibly can see within the movies under. However, the aluminum “bullet” nonetheless put a half-inch dent within the metal-backed plywood goal, and the graphite projectile “in all probability simply vaporized,” in response to the builder.

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