How To Make Ping Pong Ball Launcher
Last modified: October 9, 2023
Have you ever wanted to step up your ping pong game? Or maybe you’re just looking to have some fun with friends and family in the backyard. Either way, building your own ping pong ball launcher can be an exciting and rewarding project. In this post, I’ll guide you through the steps to create a simple yet effective ping pong ball launcher that will elevate your pong skills to new heights.
Before we jump into the process of making a ping pong ball launcher, let’s gather all the materials you’ll need. Here’s a list of what you’ll need to get started:
1. PVC Pipe (1-inch diameter)
- 1 x 36-inch length (main barrel)
- 2 x 12-inch length (supporting legs)
2. PVC Connectors
- 1 x T-connector (1-inch diameter)
- 2 x 90-degree elbow connectors (1-inch diameter)
3. Ping Pong Balls
- Several ping pong balls for testing and practice
4. Rubber Bands
- A handful of rubber bands to create tension
5. Duct Tape
- To secure and reinforce the structure
- To cut the PVC pipe and rubber bands
- To mark measurements on the PVC pipe
Building the Ping Pong Ball Launcher
Now that we have all the necessary materials, let’s get started on building our ping pong ball launcher. Follow the steps below:
Step 1: Assembly
Start by assembling the main barrel of the ping pong ball launcher. Connect the two 12-inch PVC pipe lengths to the T-connector. Then, connect the 36-inch PVC pipe as the main barrel to the T-connector.
Step 2: Support
Attach the two 12-inch PVC pipe lengths to the bottom of the T-connector, forming the supporting legs of the launcher.
Step 3: Securing the Rubber Bands
Wrap a few rubber bands around the top section of the main barrel. Leave enough space in between the rubber bands to hold and launch the ping pong ball.
Step 4: Adjusting the Tension
Experiment with the number of rubber bands and the tightness to adjust the tension according to your desired launch distance. More rubber bands or tighter tension will result in a more powerful launch.
Step 5: Reinforce with Duct Tape
To ensure the stability and durability of your ping pong ball launcher, reinforce the connections and the area around the rubber bands with duct tape. This will help prevent any potential cracking or damage.
With just a few simple materials and some basic assembly, you can create your own ping pong ball launcher. This DIY project will not only add excitement to your ping pong games but also allow you to practice and improve your skills. Remember to always prioritize safety by wearing protective eyewear and launching the ping pong balls in a controlled and supervised environment. Get ready to have a blast with your new ping pong ball launcher!