DPRG trebuchet

It looks like the Dallas Personal Robotics Group (DPRG) would make a great team for our MAKEcation trebuchet challenge. Watch the video as a homegrown month-old squash gets squashed! Who said the DPRG only made robots?

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Our final main event for MAKEcation 2009 is our “Family Challenge,” as in the Hatfields vs. the McCoys, the Lancasters vs. the Yorks, the Macs vs. the PCs. Build a backyard trebuchet! The family that builds our favorite, and sends us the documentation, will get a $100 gift certificate from the Maker Shed. Five runners up will get a Maker’s Notebook and their choice of The Best of MAKE or The Best of Instructables.

Read more about the challenge here.

12 thoughts on “DPRG trebuchet

  1. rjnerd says:

    One somewhat directly applicable: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8FJuahxm0Y&feature=channel_page Teens building a traction treb.

    Scaling up further, we have http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPEbzaiHjVI&feature=channel_page The Piano mover from hell.

    In a future episode, there will be some siege engine footage in “Lock and Load” (History Channel). No idea what footage will actually make it onto the screen, but they got footage of “Yankee Siege” throwing a piano (on fire no less), and got footage of us firing various melons with our Hatra Ballista.

    Oh yea, still looking for a company that would like to run a one day treb building team event. Mail to dp at the-nerds.org if you are interested.

  2. Marc de Vinck says:

    If you’re into launching pianos, check out this Burning Man moment!


  3. swild says:

    That treb looks terrible! At 14, I built a 12 footer over two weeks. It can be disassembled, has a 120 lb counterweight, and launches shot put farther than you can throw a baseball. When will people start building real ballistic devices?

    1. swild says:

      scratch that. I’m a terrible person!

  4. Dale Wheat says:

    Sadly, this was the final performance for Martin’s trebuchet. After no takers were found, it ended up in the very dumpster it was targetting.

  5. Anonymous says:

    yeah. launched a 10 pound pumpkin 87 feet. the nearest competitor was 17 feet. we used weights from the gym room, they had a telephone pole segment and a lawnmower engine as a counterbalance. tragically, they drilled the hole for the shaft a foot off, so they lost tons of momentum.

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