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Final stretch, Ring launcher build complete
Posted by Krux on Tuesday February 23, 2016 @ 02:05am
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I've been working on Project Hathor, my 2KV ring launcher. Since my last update I've been spending a lot of time finalizing the design, ordering any critical parts, as well as 3D printing most of what I was going to need for assembly. However this past weekend was the last weekend I was going to have available to finish the project on time for the Las Vegas Mini Maker Faire, which is taking place next Sunday, so it was time to finish the build.

So this past weekend I spent assembling all the pieces and parts I have been making and otherwise collecting into a working ring launcher. I started this project ages ago, so with my four day weekend I spent the time lasering, 3D printing, machining, soldering, and wiring.

With everything designed in Sketchup, I turned this:



Into this:



The end result looks absolutely gorgeous. The case is made from 1/2 laser cut acrylic. I used my 3D printer to make all the connecting pieces, as well as the parts for the custom designed high voltage contactor.

Video of the first test is here. I ran a low power test at 400 volts, and it performed exactly as designed.

https://youtu.be/fqBPMTmn23Y

The pictures of the build are located here:

https://krux.org/gallery/index.php/electronics/Ring-Launcher

And the project details are here:

https://krux.org/article/Project_Hathor
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