Friendly Fire Rocket (Canceled)
Friendly Fire Rocket (Canceled)
State of the art Training Projectiles for Military, Law Enforcement, MilSim, Airsoft, and Paintball!
State of the art Training Projectiles for Military, Law Enforcement, MilSim, Airsoft, and Paintball! Read more
About this project
All pictures and videos are of Training Devices and Toys, no weapons were involved in the designing and/or making of any videos, pictures, or products. All products are designed for and can only be used by/in toys, and do not have the capability to be used with/as weapons.
Military Simulations and Scenario Games
Military Simulations (MilSim) are airsoft or paintball scenario games that are designed to replicate real world military operations without anybody getting hurt, physically or mentally. MilSim operations are even currently being explored as a way to help off duty soldiers and veterans cope with PTSD. (more info on PTSD and the effects MilSim can have on it can be found here)
Friendly Fire Rockets
Friendly Fire Rockets (FFR) are a brand new foam projectile, designed in 2 common sizes, for use in pressurized launchers. Engineered for maximum distance, amazing accuracy, incredible consistency, and long lasting durability. The 40mm version fits gas powered under-barrel grenade launchers (m203, etc) and 1.5" PVC barrels, while the 50mm version fits 2" barrels (PVC, etc). Whether used as a rocket, grenade, or mortar round, (direct or indirect) these projectiles are sure to exceed all expectations.
The Friendly Fire Rocket was designed to be able to safely, predictably, and effectively reach out and "disable" Op-For vehicles and/or buildings at much longer ranges than currently available training projectiles.
Perfect for use in Military / Law Enforcement Training, MilSim, Airsoft and Paintball. Maximize the potential of your launcher!
Designed and made 100% right here in the USA!
Why I need your help
With your donation, I'll be able to afford the tooling costs for the Injection Molds. Once I have these molds made, I'll be able to offer these rockets to the masses through myself and retailers world wide, at large and small quantities alike. If you'd like to be able to purchase these rockets in the future, please donate today and help me make this a reality!
- 1. Blunt nose. Increased impact surface area to reduce impacting force and increase rocket durability.
- 2. Over-sized Seal Band with tapered leading edge and sharp tailing edge. Maximizes air seal to barrel. Tapered front reduces drag, sharp tailing edge decreases air-blow by during launch and increases launch stability by keeping launching forces near the front rather than the tail.
- 3. Reinforced and tapered tail stem. Thicker than previous designs, this extra thickness reinforces the tail to Increase durability and inflight stability by effectively transferring rotational and drag forces from stabilizing tail to forward mass.
- 4. Canted Tail Fins. All 4 tail fins are canted to maximize accuracy and inflight stability.
- 5. Mass Placement. The majority of the mass is kept as far forward as possible, further increasing the inflight stability of the rocket.
- 6. Overall Aerodynamic Design with slight air drag points placed strategically to increase stability.
- 7. Neon Orange Color. Bright colors allow maximum visibility for in-flight tracking, and easy recovery for re-use. (more colors may be available in the future depending on interest)
After I started playing airsoft several years ago, and being mechanically inclined, I decided to make a pressurized mortar style launcher utilizing a 2" PVC Barrel, and a shoulder mounted rocket style launcher utilizing a 1.5" barrel (which is the same size as an under-barrel 40mm grenade launcher)
Initially I used mini foam rocket footballs purchased from the local toy store, then moved on to trying several different projectiles available from online retailers. Between the different versions I tried, I was either unhappy with their availability in large quantities and poor fitment with the barrel, or lack of durability and high cost. I determined to find something better.
After several more attempts and failures to find the perfect, and cost effective projectile, I decided it was time to make my own. Realizing that there were no projectiles on the market designed to fit the under-barrel grenade launcher, I decided to make 2 different sizes. My first attempts were rather silly. After making a single mold using silicone rubber, I was able to make a decent 2" rocket. While not perfect in shape, this first attempt had great durability and barrel seal. After a few more attempts at finding the right density of foam, I was convinced that a solution could be made.
At this point I set out to design the perfect rocket. Initially I had a friend produce a CAD drawing of a design I had in mind. He was going to help me with getting a mold made that could be used to pour the foam into and make rockets one by one. However life caught up with him, between work and a new baby on the way, he was unable to help any further with the project. Since I did not know how to use the CAD programs, I decided to start tinkering with some free 3D modeling programs, teaching myself how to design and have 3D objects printed commercially. This lead to me designing and building tournament locks widely used and sold for Electro Pneumatic Airsoft Replicas. I then invested in a small 3D printer, and started making and selling 3D printed Tournament locks, that can be found today from several different retailers.
I decided to design the mold for the rockets myself, then print them on my 3D printer. This was a learning process, both in the mold design and usage/limitations of the 3D printer, but I worked through it.
After several attempts, I finally came up with a working mold design and made my first Friendly Fire Rocket. After much testing I found the tail portion to be too weak, causing the rocket to wobble in flight. Wanting to correct this, and also increase accuracy, I reinforced the tail stem and also added a slant to all 4 fins to induce a spiral effect inflight. (V1 = First version, 40mm rocket | V2 = Second version, 50mm rocket)
At this point I was very happy with the performance, yet unhappy with the consistency of surface finish. After several more revisions, and modifications I was able to further improve the consistency, accuracy, durability, inflight characteristics and overall visual appeal of the rockets.
I have since printed off a total of 7 molds for each size of rocket, each mold consists of 3 individual pieces that must be prepped and attached to each other. Then the foam colored, mixed, and poured into the mold. About an hour later, the molds are separated and the final rocket removed. This turned out to be an extremely time consuming process, with a possibility of failure due to the human nature influence of mixing the foam.
At this point, over a period of 3-4 years, I have invested hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars in perfecting a working prototype. I have taken my design to a local injection molding company to obtain a quote to build the injection molds and produce the rockets. All that's left to do is pay them for the quote and they'll start manufacturing the molds, then the rockets themselves after that.
Post Successful Funding Plans
If this project is successfully funded, the injection molding company will be paid to build the molds. Once the molds are built, a small production run will be made to test the properties of the selected foam, the beta testers will be shipped 10 dual packs from this production run. If the first production run is a success, the remaining rockets will be made, then shipped out to kickstarter backers.
Funding Costs Breakdown
The $16,000 from this campaign will be used to first pay for the cost of having the injection molds created. This cost takes up 70% of the campaign goal.
The remaining funds will be used to pay for the injection mold set-up fee, production runs, material costs, shipping, and campaign fees. At $16,000 this project breaks even, possibly a slight loss for myself. Any additional unforeseen costs, if not able to be funded by the campaign, will be funded by myself to ensure the completion of the rewards.
Any additional funds over the $16,000 goal will be used to further improve the rockets if funds permit, and also purchase product packaging and labeling supplies, allowing me to ship out rewards in a nicer, more retail style package.
Additional Test Footage
Gravel pit test video was shot using an FFR-40 projectile, with the target at roughly 175ft.
Grass park test video was shot using an FFR-40 projectile. Using a set of quickly made rudimentary sights duct taped to the launcher, at a psi of 130, we were able to launch the projectiles roughly 350 ft, 3 times, and all 3 hit the ground within 15ft of each other.
- 1 ($1): A huge thank you, and shout out for helping make this project a reality. I can't tell you enough how much I appreciate your help.
- 2 ($4 + shipping): 1 FFR. You will receive 1 Foam Rocket, your choice of either 40mm or 50mm, shipped to your preferred address anywhere in the United States.
- 3 ($8 + shipping): 1 Dual Pack. You will receive 1 dual pack, which contains 1 rocket of each size (50mm and 40mm), shipped to your preferred address anywhere in the United States.
- 4 ($18 + shipping): 5 FFRs. You will receive 5 Foam Rockets, your choice of either 40mm or 50mm, shipped to your preferred address anywhere in the United States.
- 5 ($30 + shipping): 5 Dual Packs. You will receive 5 dual packs. Each pack contains 1 rocket of each size (50mm and 40mm), shipped to your preferred address anywhere in the United States.
- 6 ($30 + shipping): 10 FFRs. You will receive 10 Foam Rockets, your choice of either 40mm or 50mm, shipped to your preferred address anywhere in the United States.
- 7 ($55 + shipping): 10 Dual Packs. You will receive 10 Dual Packs. Each pack contains 1 rocket of each size (50mm and 40mm), shipped to your preferred address anywhere in the United States.
- 8 ($200 + shipping): FFR-40 DIY Kit. You will receive a 40mm Do It Yourself Kit. Includes 1 of my personal 3D printed molds, plus a sample kit of foam, a dye in a random color, and everything else needed to make your own 40mm rockets from home.
- 9 ($200 + shipping): FFR-50 DIY Kit. You will receive a 50mm Do It Yourself Kit. Includes 1 of my personal 3D printed molds, plus a sample kit of foam, a dye in a random color, and everything else needed to make your own 50mm rockets from home.
- 10 ($200 + shipping): DHC Standalone Launcher. You will receive a 3D printed, Standalone Grenade Launcher Mount plus (10) 40mm Foam Rockets. Add your choice of Rail Mounted Grenade Launcher, Airsoft M4 Buffer Tube/Buttstock, and Airsoft M4/M16 Pistol Grip, and you have a working, fully customizable, standalone launcher.
- 11 ($300 + shipping): Beta Tester. You will get 10 dual packs of FFRs from the initial production run to test. You will also receive rewards 1-7 once the final production run is completed.
- 12 ($2,500 + shipping): Beta Tester + DIY + DHC Launcher. A MASSIVE THANK YOU! You will be the first one to get rockets! You will get 10 dual packs of FFRs from the initial production run to test. You will also receive rewards 1-10 once the final production run is completed.
* International beta testers will only receive one shipment when the entire order is ready to fulfill. The "beta" rockets will be delayed and shipped with the final production rockets.
- Campaign Launch: May
- Campaign End: June
- Meet with injection molding company, go over details: June - July
- Start production of molds: July
- Mold production complete: October
- First rockets production run: October
- Test and evaluation of initial production run: October
- Final rockets production run: October
- Ship rockets to backers: November
Risks and challenges
Building the injection molds is completely out of my hands. I will be giving input, but the machinists and engineers will ultimately be responsible for building the molds. I can not control their schedule, and therefore cannot control delays caused by this. However, I have been told that once paid, the lead time for building the mold is 8-10 weeks.
Once the molds are complete, lead time for completion of production runs is 2-3 weeks.
I am unable to control the Injection molding companies schedule and lead times, however, being that the company is local, any issues that do arrive should be easier and more speedily taken care of.
The foam being used for the injection process is different then the foam used to make these rockets by hand. Until the first, small production run is completed, I will not know how well this new foam performs. If it does not perform as expected, additional time will be needed to find and test a different formula of foam.
I will be continually updating the backers with any progress or delays that occur during this campaign.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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