Project Predator, part four – Cosmetics

People are always asking me “why the hell do you have a 3D printer?  What do you use it for?”  Well, mostly stuff like this, designing and printing cosmetic attachments to make Nerf blasters look as science fiction as possible. Some of the pieces were pulled off Thingiverse unmodified, while …

Project Predator, part three – Code

So let me just say right up front that I basically don’t code and I have never in my life looked at a Python script before this project.  If anyone happens to know of better approaches for anything I’ve done here, I’d sure like to know. I wanted a few …

Project Predator, part two – Electronics and Mechanical

Electronics bill of materials: Raspberry Pi Zero Pimoroni Rainbow Hat 3S, 1500mAh lithium-polymer battery generic ultrasonic rangefinder adjustable stepdown converter a cheap-ass aluminum LED flashlight a couple of resistors, assorted microswitches 18ga, 20ga, and 30ga silicone-covered stranded wire heatshrink tubing (always heatshrink tubing) The brain of Project Predator is a Raspberry …

Project Predator, part one – Overview

So for some reason I have decided it’s time to hack up Nerf guns.  I was inspired to start by this neat little project, which added an ultrasonic rangefinder to a Nerf Recon MKII.  The world is full of simple digital shot counters for Nerf blasters but I liked the …