University of Waterloo mechatronics engineering co-op student Charles Holtforster of Hacksmith Industries set out to build a functional plasma cannon that looks to be something straight from the new Ghostbusters: Afterlife movie. Think of it as a giant ‘plasma popper’, which is essentially a device consisting of transparent plastic tubing and an ignited ball of methylacetylene-propadiene propane (MAPP gas). Read more for a video of it in-action and additional information.
The plasma popper was created by inventor Al Stahler and building your own isn’t as complex as you may think. Put simply, you’ll need a bernzomatic torch, propane fuel cylinder (MAPP if available), clear vinyl tubing (5/8″ ID / 7/8″ OD), and a PVC Conduit (3/4″ rigid). Most of these items can be picked up from your local hardware store, which means you won’t have to shell out hundreds for supplies over the internet.
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