MAKE IT YOURSELF
Here's some step by step information if you want to reproduce the project
STEP 2 Let’s start with the racket file. This will be made out of plywood. We are using a 4mm ply but you can go up to 6mm; it’s up to you. Add the material in the lasercutter and set the parameters for this material.
STEP 3 Lasercut! Wait for a few seconds for all the fumes to disappear and open the lasercutter lid. You now have the basic rackets. Remove the rackets and the plywood material from the lasercutter bed.
STEP 4 Place the cork in the laser cutter and open the cork.svg or cork.dxf file file. The outer line is to be cut through and the inner ones are decorative lines to be etched in the lasercutter. Make sure you set the paramenters for both etching and cutting. Setting should be the right ones for this material. You can always make a test before.
STEP 5 You can use a racket grip that is available in sports stores or you can 3d print your own. Download the grip.stl file
STEP 6 If you 3d print it in your local makerspace/ Fab Lab, make sure you have already done the 3d printing induction so that you know how to set up the parameters. Choose the filament colour of your choice and import the file into the 3d slicer software your local Lab is using . The file is found here
STEP 7 Set the parameters for printing and… PRINT!!
Assemble all parts :
You can now glue the cork onto the plywood. Leave it to dry
You can now carefully glue the 3d printed grips on either side of the racket handle. We used super glue.
Clamps are always a good idea! There are always some clamps around in a makerspace, if not you can place weight instead.
Let the racket rest so that all pieces are firmly glued together
You can now carefully glue the 3d printed grips on either side of the racket handle. We used super glue
Find a partner and…Play!
You don’t always need a table tennis net
You can also make your own rules
You could customise the racket shape as well as the designs on the cork