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Manbench Industries; Purveyors of general mayhem since 1994, a blog to follow the crazed, possibly deranged projects and emotive musings, of an undergraduate engineer, and an apprentice organ builder who have always felt they were born in the wrong age. Follow us as we, re-write history, learn lost skills, discover strange new worlds, break things, rant at things, mend things, make new things and generally find ways of passing the day instead of doing "proper work" !

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Compressed Air Powered Snow Gun

Miniature armaments are something that will probably crop up quite a lot here - after all, what's more fun than a gun! The one shown here was built in two days for the schools Christmas performance. We were asked to produce something to fire fake snow at the audience at the end of the show. It wasn't going to be seen - but that doesn't mean we have to do a half-assed job of the design. The idea that something needs to like nice even if not seen is something we at MBI strongly feel has been lost in the last one hundred years.

Anyway, the gun consists of a bit of plastic tube, a ball valve some hardboard and some bits found in the bottom of the school scrap bin! A plunger was also made to load the snow into the barrel but the school Physics department now use this with their potato cannons!

The Engineer.

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