Automatic Paper Plane Launcher


This paper aeroplane launcher design was created along with five other people, studying either Mechanical Engineering or Integrated Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. The task was to design a launcher to fire six planes at angles of 0°, 30° and -30° in the horizontal plane, without human interaction past pressing the initial ‘Go’ button. This was accomplished using a crank mechanism for the rotation, and a gap dropping mechanism to allow for the precise timing needed to reach the tolerances required for the angles.

The project allowed us to firstly gain a greater understanding of the design process and problem solving, along with the use of CAD software (Solid Edge), but also highlighted the importance of working in a team and the ways communication can be improved using internet based collaboration tools, as well as the dividing of project work in order to complete a solution to a problem.


Video of completed product


3D Model