Whether it be moving from spot to spot, shooting, or reloading, speed is key when playing paintball. Most paintball guns have a hopper which can carry approximately 100 paintballs. When a player wants to reload their paintball gun, they open a cover on the hopper and pour in the paintballs. This process is slow, requires two hands, and takes concentrated effort so that the player doesn’t lose his ammunition on the ground.
I created an add-on product which would attach to the standard hopper. This device provides a sealed iris that mates with a secondary iris on the spare ammunition canister. When mated, the player simply twists the canister to open the iris and allow the paint balls to fall into the hopper. Quick loading gives the user an advantage on the game field.
Rapid prototyping is critical to the design process and something I rely heavily on during my product realization phase. I created the prototype device to show the concept. The prototype was created using SLS (Selective Laser Sintering) and Laser cut parts.