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  • 06-Mar-2017

Avem Dynamics


Clay target throwers are used to mechanically launch small clay disks (targets) into the air. Once airborne, a person with a shotgun then attempts to shoot the disk out of the air. Many sportsmen use clay target throwers to help improve their shooting skills. These throwers vary widely in functionality and price range. The simplest and cheapest of these are a hand-held plastic stick with a molded C shaped clamp on the end to grasp the clay target. The user then swings the plastic stick, as they would a tennis racket, propelling the clay target out of the grasping clamp and into the air.

Currently there are a wide range of clay target throwers on the market in the United States; however, the functionality of economical units is limited. An economical automated unit typically is fixed in one direction and is manually operated with a switch and does not allow for randomization in the shooting experience. If a clay target is not thrown in varying directions the shooter may become proficient at targeting a bird that flies in that specific direction, but their skill set will not grow to be able to hunt game birds that are by nature, random.

While there are numerous options on the market for automating the throwing of clay targets, they are either cost prohibitive for the average sportsman or they can only launch in a specific direction and plane. The problem statement for this design is to create an automated clay target thrower that provides variability in the trajectory of a clay target while still being cost effective enough for the average sportsman. Variabilities in launch patterns can be obtained by oscillating the plane where the target is launched from by rotating the three axis of the launch plane. The launcher should be able to launch clay targets 40 to 45 mph within a 90 degree envelope in the horizontal plane, and a 45 degree envelope in the vertical plane. In addition to varying horizontal and vertical throw, it should also be able to rotate within a 20 degree envelope about the axis formed between vertical and horizontal planes. We will also target an MSRP of less than $500.


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