Here's how Flickenger and Rusty Oliver of the HazardFactory made the gun Tesla coil-ready:
He made an aluminum version of the plastic toy. He gathered cans, scrap metal, and even a bicycle fender and melted it all down. Then he and Oliver created a cast of the Nerf gun out of sand and clay and poured in the molten aluminum. After it hardened, Flickenger milled excess metal from the interior using a CNC machine and cleaned up the edges with a rotary tool.Flickenger, who taught himself the physics of high-voltage electricity, used a transformer from an old TV, a battery from a power drill and a fan from an old computer server for the Tesla coil portion. Check out the video below and see the science behind the Tesla Coil Nerf Gun at PopSci.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Building a Tesla Coil from a Nerf Gun
... well, perhaps a little more complicated than that. From Gizmodo: