I recently finished my internship at Montie Design and it was great! I got to work hands on several projects and gained a great deal of experience in Industrial Design. We toured several companies; Accufab, FineLine Prototyping, ADR Hydro-Cut, and JMC Tool to name a few. The atmosphere was great and everyone was really helpful and welcoming. We had a great time camping and the advice I received will be really helpful for my future as an Industrial Designer.
This week has been very interesting, we’ve been wanting to test the speed of ammo when fired from the Y-Shot Slingshot, so we setup a testing area in the shop. The setup uses a mechanical release to fire the slingshot and a chronograph to measure the speed. We ran into a problem with the chronograph, it would not work indoors because of the fluorescent lights in the shop.
We need an indoor testing area so we can control the temperature of the room and avoid wind and other variables. We found an accessory that uses infrared LED’s to give the constant light source the chronograph needs to work. We plan to test many different bands and record the speeds compared to our current slingshot bands. The setup is working very well, now that we have the chronograph lights, and we will be testing the bands soon.
Over the past few weeks we have been working on a Paintball Marker Stand. This stand can be broken down into three pieces using the pins on the sides of the stand. The marker is supported by the U-Shaped cut out in the back of the stand and the Slot in the front of the stand. The sliding cylinder, seen in the middle of the stand, allows this stand to support the marker and prevent it from falling forward and out of the stand. This slide also allows the stand to work with multiple markers. Everything is going well and we should be trying out a prototype soon.
This week we’ve made some progress with some accessories for the Y-Shot Slingshot and the Breakdown Arrows. The Whisker Biscuit Mount came in, it looks and works great! We still may change the design a bit more but, that’s mainly aesthetic. A few weeks ago we started working with Bob from bobsleatherworks.com and we came up with design for a holster for the Breakdown Arrow Set. This holster holds 3 arrows and fits on belts up to 2 inches wide. Expect more pictures as we do more testing.