15 Dangerously Mad Projects for the Evil Genius

A few months ago I had a blast playing with Simon Monk's 30 Arduino Projects for the Evil Genius, and noticed that his 15 Dangerously Mad Projects included a coil gun. I've always wanted to make a coil gun!

Since the coil is wrapped around the tube from a plastic pen, and the iron projectile is inside the tube, it will fly along towards the coil. As all the energy from the capacitors will be spent in a matter of milliseconds, the coil should ideally be turned off by the time the projectile passes its center and exits out the other side of the tube.

Simon's plans and walk-through are wonderful. I learned a lot reading the detailed but easy to understand instructions. He also selects parts and components that I am sure I can source locally and I love that he improvised brackets from a plastic drinking bottle.

I also learned that I will not be making a coil gun. That curiosity is now satisfied!

Simon Monk's 15 Dangerously Mad Projects for the Evil Genius


    1. I don’t think I could do it without hurting myself. This is a problem with my low-amateur skill level and not the instructions. I understand them, I just don’t trust my work on the labor.

      1. Dude.

        This is why you hire minions.

        If they get hurt building you a coil gun or giant death robot or gelding laser you toss the corpse in the alligator pit and send the family a ham.

  1. Thank you for the introduction! I’m currently working my way through Make’s intro to electronics book at my makerspace, and this author is going to give me lots more fun stuff to play with before I’m ready to make stuff up on my own. YAY!

  2. I’m glad you are enjoying my books! If I thought I could get it through customs I’d bring it to the Bay Area Maker Faire! But that would just be asking for trouble!

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