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Ping3D - The Next-gen Table Tennis Blade

Completely 3D printable. Mobile app integration. The table tennis coach of the future.

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Ping3D is a new type of table tennis paddle that extends normal gameplay and actively aids the player with realtime statistics, coaching and more! The purpose is to create a product or kit that can easily be replicated by makers.

In this first release, I have been testing 3 different print setups for materials compatibility in real environment play. The latest version (seen in the photos) is nearing completion.

A second phase will consist of electronics and calibration of sensors. All sensors are aimed to fit inside the enclosure and add minimal weight to the current design.
This next phase will begin once the materials used match gameplay expectations.

The final phase will be a digital representation of all data points from sensors, realtime analytics (i.e. orientation, habits, player associated), visual calibration, user help and others. I will be using the data connection from ping3D to feed a mobile app, which should be quite simple to use and setup.
  • 1 × Woodfill Fine PLA Colorfabb 2.85mm Filament
  • 1 × Wound Up! Coffee Filament, see link in instructions, this is optional
  • 1 × Ninjaflex 3mm, see link in instructions
  • 1 × Poro-lay Fomm 60 The foamy stuff :), see link in instructions

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    Step 1

    Project and Printing Setup

    Before you get started, please make sure you have a few things:

    1. 3D Printer (or 3dhubs)
    2. Minimum build plate 200mm x 200mm
    3. Ninjaflex (any color)
    4. Regular PLA or ABS
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    Step 2

    Design Files

    You can download all files once I have finalized the material configuration that performs the best. Testing is currently under way :)

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    Step 3

    Print the Hub

    The largest piece of the Ping3D, make sure your printer can fit this piece in your printer!


    Settings used:

    Material: PLA (Colorfabb Woodfill Fine, 2.85mm)
    Nozzle: 0.8mm @ 212*C
    Heated Bed: 60*C
    Build time: 5 hours 16 minutes
    Filament length: 10711.1 mm
    Plastic weight: 85.41 g (0.19 lb)
    Material cost: 3.93

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