100psi air cannon test

5 hours of cutting, plastic welding, hacking, connecting and pizza consumption later, we had the air cannon ready to test. It was a conservative test at 40psi as we really didn’t want to pop open our freshly glued PVC joints, but a successful test nonetheless as we fired an empty soft drink bottle across the basement.

Next test is the exciting 100psi test, which we’ll be doing at 5pm at Format tonight.

As always, this is an open test, so if you’re nearby 15 Peel street, come along to see the action.

If you’re interested to know how we managed to afford to build such a nice looking air cannon, you should probably have a quick look at the DFEEST website. Those lovely chaps are the ones that have brought the Adelaide educated, MIT “Human-Robot Communications” co-ordinator, aka Zoz back to Adelaide. They’ve also funded the parts for the air cannon, which if you ask me is definitely a good practical way of inspiring people to engage with science.

But enough of the ranting and shameless plugs, here are some photos from the construction last night.

And a video of the first 40psi test.

Next up, a test at about 90psi.

Then a full 100psi test with some makeshift confetti.

And finally, a view from the receiving end.

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4 Responses to 100psi air cannon test

  1. Cobi Smith says:

    Lol. It’s working!

    If you can hold off until 5:15ish I would love to see tonight’s test… my dreams of an explosion of petals seem to have been crushed by the projectile drink can.

    Thanks for taking photos and video last night so those of us who couldn’t make it can share.

    • sighmon says:

      5.15 should be fine. we’ll need to plug it all together and charge the tanks.

      If you bring the petals, we’d be happy to replace the soft drink bottle. :-)

  2. Dan Thompson says:

    Wow works great. Congrats guys! John Park from Make magazine would be proud :)

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