Awesome Cannons

Overpowered Ball Launcher

Overpowered Ball Launcher

With the help of his gigantic 3D printer, maker Ivan Miranda built a ridiculously overpowerd toy weapon. It uses a pair of powerful motors and belts to quickly load balls into its hopper, then blows them out the front using a ducted fan like the ones used in leaf blowers.

Human-Powered Tennis Ball Cannon

Human-Powered Tennis Ball Cannon

Machines that fire tennis balls are as common. But we’ve never seen one that uses human power. Creative Machines’ ball cannon launches tennis balls up to 200 feet. Each time its handle is pushed, it raises a weight. When it reaches the top, it falls and becomes a piston, flinging balls into the sky using compressed air.

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Firing a Ship’s Cannon

Firing a Ship’s Cannon

The kinds of weapons used by modern militaries pack a wallop, but the cannons installed on ships hundreds of years ago weren’t exactly gentle. The Smithsonian Channel’s World of Weapons: War at Sea demonstrates a working replica of a 17th century cannon as it blasts a 9-pound metal cannonball into a ship’s hull.

Tiny Cannon vs. Christmas

Tiny Cannon vs. Christmas

Kuma Films sends off Christmas with a bang, shattering ornaments, gingerbread men, gift boxes, and other holiday items with a tiny desktop cannon, and capturing the carnage in glorious slow-motion.

Lighting a Match Cannon

Lighting a Match Cannon

“Caution! Do not try it in the house.” The warning message from YouTuber The S is quite the understatement, as he shows us just what happens when you build a cannon entirely out of matches, fill its chamber with thousands of match heads, then light its fuse.

How to Slice an Apple

How to Slice an Apple

Like many other makers, NightHawkInLight created a powerful air cannon. But he added a fun and unique accessory at its business end – interchangeable slicing blades which make quick work out of fruit and vegetables used as projectiles.

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