This project purpose was to create an operating cannon that can turn and move to different angles to fire a ball in a set distance. We worked on the different components of the cannon for about 5 months. It all started with arduino
We stared this journey with the Arduino, we started off learning the components and how it worked. We learned how circuits worked and made many circuits using 123dcircuits. Using the arduino we are able to control many different components with a small computer giving it simple commands. We can make a music player, a auto light switch, etc. For the Arduino we had to complete a booklet of 12 basic circuits to prove our understanding
Below there are examples of circuits made
Once we completed the Arduino aspect, we got in the starting point of our canon designs. We started out brain storming the basic idea for the cannon. We started with the base. We first came up with the idea for a sentry gun type base. That idea eventually evolved into something entirely different. We came up with the idea of using stakes with spikes that sit in the ground
One we decided what we were going to do, we made barrel supports to figure out how to hold up and support the cannon. We needed a sturdy design that would work out side and fire a ball a considerable distance with consistent accuracy.
Once we printed the barrel supports we began thinking about the full design for the actual cannon. We had to have a design that had adjustable angles and be able to spin and be stable. We made a design that seemed pretty good in theory and we a good for the terrain we were working on.
That is the basic design on the stakes that go into the ground and hold the cannon down. These spikes also manage recoil.
We also need a way to hold every thing up and chose to use dows. Dows would hold up the cannon and allow use to change the angles. We slide them in holes pre cut in the design. They are the sturdy support of the entire cannon
We began working on the pipe system we had some issue with it due to the fact we sealed on the cap too early. SO we had to scrap our barrel supports