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Penny Shooter

by clide, published

Penny Shooter by clide Jan 13, 2010

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Description

This is a business card that shoots US pennies. It has a little magazine that pops up and allows you to load up to 10 pennies. Then you can just pull back the slide and release to shoot a penny, and repeat until all the pennies are gone.

A video of the card in action - youtube.com/watch?v=5KNZZ9qDJtQ

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I also live in australia so I made the hole big enough for ten cent pieces :)
I'm so close to finishing my own penny shooter without me even knowing about this website I just looked at pictures and measured out everything my way. 8-)

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Instructions

Cut the thick parts from a material that is approximately the thickness of a penny (0.061"). A good 4 ply mat board should be close to .06". If the material is too thick or thin then the pennies will jam, but I am not sure of the tolerance limits. The thin material should be strong enough to give good support, but thin enough to handle the folds for the magazine. I use a .014" thick cover stock. The dotted lines on the magazine area of the thin components should be a perforation or a crease.

The thick components get sandwiched between the two thin layers. Start by gluing the two identical thick pieces to the thin side without the magazine. Use the other thick piece (the slide) as a guide and make sure it can slide easily between the parts and close flush. Then glue the side with the magazine on top. Take care not to glue the magazine down and make sure the slide can still move back and forth. The slide must be in place before you glue it together because it can not be installed after the rest of the card is assembled. Two #32 rubber bands are needed to use the card.
I also live in australia so I made the hole big enough for ten cent pieces :)
I'm so close to finishing my own penny shooter without me even knowing about this website I just looked at pictures and measured out everything my way. 8-)
Can i just buy one i am VERY Very lazy (not)i just don't want to buy all the materials and mess up. so can i buy an amazing new penny shooter O:-) :) ;)
how can I contact you clide?...I'd like to ask something about this card shooter. you can contact me through cutandfold.info
Required tools laser cutter?!

I am pretty sure my xacto knife can manage this, and probably nearly as quickly as the Laser Cutter.
By all means, cut it with whatever tool you like. "Required Tools" is the heading built into the Thingiverse template. If I could I would change it to "Recommended Tools". I didn't want to add other possible options to the tools list because it seems like an implied 'and' rather than 'or'. Plus there are all kinds of different tools you could use.
how can i get some?
clide - in reply to Guest
I am currently selling prototype versions on my website. cardnetics.com/randd/pennyshooter.html
throwing your money away, I say
clide - in reply to Guest
Indeed. Although it also works pretty well as a money savings device. Shoot pennies around your house or office and they will find their way into all sorts of places. Next time you move or rearrange you'll find pennies everywhere. :)
Since I use a Craft ROBO, I would cut several sets of the thick pieces and then glue them together to achieve the penny's thickness, then proceed as directed. :)
Yep that should work too. That's how I made my earlier catapult card, built up several layers to get the thickness I needed.
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