A German man has just finished a very impressive Paper Airplane Machine Gun, or a Papierflieger-Maschinenpistole, which just sounds so much cooler. It actually takes a stack of paper, folds it into paper air planes and shoots them.
The device takes a stack of what looks like post-card size paper in the “clip”, forms them into paper air planes by a series of rollers and folding edges and then launches them out of the end. A cheap electric screwdriver powers the entire drive train, which allows him to shoot around 20 planes per minute (PPM?).
Sadly there’s really not too much information on how it works, nor the files to reproduce it. [Papierfliegerei], as he goes by on YouTube, decided to build this awesome contraption to show off just what 3D printers are capable of these days. He designed the whole thing in 3D CAD and had many of the parts printed off at a 3D printing company called fabberhouse.de, while the rest of the components are off the shelf.
Let’s see him upgrade that electric screwdriver with a Dremel….
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Maybe he works in container line design or maintenance.
Next: print motors battery controller etc in the same pass!
Agreed, it need to do at least 60 planes per minute
Where are the design files???
this would definitely spice up the office wars
Das is nicht gut. Kraftwerk ein stahl von stein ist ehr wircht de nicht! Tot zeins!
Was möchtest du uns sagen?
Wenn ist das Nunstück git und Slotermeyer? Ja! Beiherhund das Oder die Flipperwaldt gersput!
Ich glaube der Google-Übersetzer funktioniert grad nicht…
Ich benutze den Doppel zurück Methode, um mit Google zu übersetzen. Ich übersetze das, was ich bin zu sagen , dann habe ich in die andere Richtung zu übersetzen und sehen, wie sie wieder auf die Originalsprache kommt . Wenn etwas anders ist , versuche ich einen anderen Wortlaut .
I use the double back method to translate with Google . I translate what I am saying , then I have to translate in the other direction and see how it comes back to the original language . If something is different, I try a different wording.
Ich benutze die “doppel-zurück” methode, um mithilfe von Google zu übersetzen. Ich übersetze das, was ich sagen will, übersetze es dann in die andere Richtung, und schaue das es in der Orginalsprache wieder richtig ankommt. Wenn etwas anders ist, versuche ich es mit einem anderen Wortlaut.
There. I thought I’d clean up that German a little.
There might still be minor Rechtschreibfehler in there, and it’s not the best wording to use.
Have a look at his website, at least we can see how the paperplane is folded. Must be possible to reverse engineer the folding machine http://papierfliegerei.de/AUTOMATIX.html
This is exactly how I folded paper plans when I was a child.
Still no paperfolding gun here…
Cooler hack, muss ich schon sagen…
“A German man has just finished…” : October 9th 2014
Youtube video posted January 25, 2014 , almost 10 months ago.
shhh.. nobody cares
This is a nice video to research viral distribution thru the interwebs as it uses an unique term to search for and just went viral after over half a year out of nothing. The video got “that unique thing” that leads people to share it. There must be something like a “critical mass” of attention?
Schon geil :) Aber viiieeel zu langsam !!!
uberride, das lyft on ze taxiz
Holy cow that’s really cool. Next is an automatic gun that can fire an origami of your choice.
Thats A6 paper (ISO-216 Standard), approximate to US 4×6 postcard size.
Thank you!!! Yes it is! :D
How have all of the comments not been focused around “that’s awesome”? This is incredible! Well done.
Yes, but how do you say “awesome” in German?
(this man clearly has too much spare time, lucky for us!)
ausgezeichnet (well… actually, it’s “execellent”)
That’s got to be the least threatening machine gun in the world. (c:
I’m sorry, but until I see video otherwise, I’m not going to believe this actually folds the airplanes from plain sheets.
I’m confused – did you watch the same video I did where the mechanism is shown to fold a flat piece of paper?
Or are you doubting that the raw paper stock was without prior modification?
You mean “if you see video which shows that this gun doesn’t fold planes, you will believe that it folds planes”. Also, please see video linked in article. It looks like it indeed does fold those planes from plain sheets of paper.
Imagine using this at political rallies, especially with a really strong throw to get some decent flight range.
The only modification this thing needs is a more precise paper pickup at the start – we’ve got printers that can reliably grab a sheet off the stack every time, shouldn’t be that hard to adapt their designs or actual hardware to make this thing more reliable.
And I have a printer which doesn’t reliably grab anymore but mechanism doesn’t look like it’s used up. It’s not that easy, just some small change means it stops working.
yetihehe Clean the pickup roller. I have seen printers that have grabbed 10^6 pages of paper, the pickup rollers need replaced every so often, but the basic mechanical method is very reliable.
Would be even more funny if he had managed to build this from recycled printer parts.
Quite an amazing accomplishment, actually.
Next iteration needs a built-in printer, in the form of a person-tracking turret. Never have to get up to pick up what you just printed again!
Add an additional magazine of those little elastic or electronicly powered propellers with say self adhesive pads pre-attached.
Maybe the ability to rearrange the components to fold them how you want.
Tie this thing to one or those “sub-orbital” balloon projects and start launching airplanes from 100,000 feet, have a stamp and your address on the paper and have people mail them back.
or leave one running on the top of a skyscraper :)
I’m picturing one that can do a few hundred per minute in the hands of a Dr. Who villain :D
German engineering at its best!
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