Excel-ARK Kinetics Coil Gun

Building a coil gun inspired by Halo and Mass Effect artwork and started with an AR-15 lower

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Started working on a coil gun a few weeks ago after playing a ton of Halo and Mass Effect. The idea of energy weapons instead of gun powder intrigued me as they just plain look cool. Figured I'd try to build one and learn a bunch on the way. Started from an AR-15 lower receiver and worked form there. I still hardly know what I'm doing and at the time i posted this project on here I only have the lower receiver, butt stock, mag and grip printed. These parts will most likely need to be reprinted later as I most likely forgot to include design elements for locking mechanisms or wiring or triggers somewhere. Enjoy :)


AR-15 lower receiver

short mag

butt stock

16" barrel- uses an inner barrel with coil stops to assist in coil winding

barrel cover - acrylic (protects electronics)

muzzle - holds barrel cover in place, looks nice, "iron sights"

custom upper housing - guides projectile from mag to barrel and had (poor) "iron sights" (actually PLA)

push rod - pushes projectile into first coil since the first coil is forward of the mag (not directly above) 


Plan to use super-caps to provide the current to the coils when firing

-circuit will use power mosfets to turn the coils on and off

-mosfet will be triggered by an optical sensor

-rest of electronics is unclear (still building housing)

  • Log Entry 2

    joe09/26/2017 at 23:32 0 comments

    Sadly, I have had to put the project on hold for a little while due to a car accident.  Also my access to the 3d printer has timed out and I will need to buy one now, instead of borrowing one.  I am currently trying to figure out the capacitors and wiring so when  i do get a new printer, I can continue with assembling the coil gun.


  • Log Entry 1: Progress So Far

    joe07/31/2017 at 00:32 0 comments

    in this log ill add pictures for all of the components ive printed so far.  I am currently printing the inner barrel (with coil stops) at about 15.3" (388.5 mm)  tall with  about a 1.25" radius.  Did a few test prints for the interface between the barrel and upper housing to  make sure it was snug.  Used a 45 degree chamfer on the the tip of the barrel receiver on the upper housing.  Personally found this to be the easiest way to line up the barrel and the hole in the upper housing.  

    After dropping the jerk and acceleration values on the printer it seems to be printing out fine.  Will also upload picture.

    Worth mentioning.  Tried two times to print the upper housing.  Every time the print has failed.  Still much to learn on 3d-printing.  First attempt print upper housing, didn't include spot for the push-rod.  Reprinted after adding push-rod slot, printed jammed.  Guess my basement is too dusty.

    what happened on my first attempt to print both the upper  housing and grip.  Forgot to enable filament retraction, causing multiple layer slips.

    In the failed print there were more layer slips in the upper housing since it was taller than the grip.

    The above picture contains the AR-15 lower receiver (center, white), the butt stock (upper right, white), the 4 prints of handles I have so far (bottom right, black and white), the two mags both short and long (bottom left, black) and the test prints for barrel alignment and coil stopper (top left, white).  Also in the top center of the picture you can see the second failed print of the upper housing in white.

    These were the first successful parts I had printed, however as you  can tell they did not mesh well.

    After  printing new parts and changing tolerances, I came up with this following assembly...

    (sorry, redacted a logo i didn't notice until i took the picture)

    Barrel print at about 12% progress.  A brim was used to stabilize the print from wobbling as the extruder head moved around on the top surface.  The break you see in support is the second coil stop, the first being on the print bed.   The space between these two coil stops will be where the copper wire coils will go.  The coil stops will help keep the wrapping neat.  This will also help me get a more consistent coil length for each  of the three coils.  

    Barrel print at 20% progress.  I dropped the jerk value for X and Y to the minimum.  Same with the acceleration value for the extruder head motion.

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