Tonight was our first night of prototyping. We are trying out several brainstorming ideas which were drafted up a couple nights before by everyone on the team. We are currently prototyping a catapult, a pneumatic piston, and a slingshot.
The pneumatic piston is being tested using different sizes, different sources, different punching motion, and overall aimed to become a possible shooting mechanism.
Our spring-based shooter design is being tested with PVC Pipes and Metal Rods. We have found the PVC works better than the Metal Rods as the PVC pipes are swift and far lighter giving the ball more momentum.
Finally, we are testing a slingshot based design as well.
The catapult is being tested as another possible option for shooting, as for the actual testing the ball doesn’t seem to be getting an airtime.