Seeing Ignacio’s new paddle, I just had to come up with an invention of my own !
So I was thinking, can we make a paddle from just one piece of plastic sheet, and with simple home tools ?
Yes, we can !
Here is my OP³ or One Piece Plastic Paddle
So I took a sheet of plastic, drew a few lines where the plastic had to be removed, and started cutting it to size, then drilling a lot of holes , then used a Dremel to remove the plastic between the holes.
I guess one could also “melt” all this with a soldering iron.
I cleaned the edges a bit with an X-Acto knife, but they are far from “factory” quality.
Bending was done by holding the sheet over my soldering iron until the plastic started sagging, then I bent it into shape.
First part that was bent was the middle part, then the right paddle.
After that , I soldered the wires to a 3,5 mm connector, mounted in a hole in the right paddle.
Finally the left paddle was bent into shape, and the wires soldered to the three pieces of self-adhesive copper strip.
Because of the large base plate, it is not the lightest, it weighs 29 grams without cables. The base plate can be fixed to your table or clipboard with velcro strips, or double sided tape, magnets, etc … .
Does it work ?
It does, I made a short video :
As you can see, it is a bit wobbly, so I should have used a thicker piece of plastic (or some stiffer material, I wonder if an old CD would work ?).
And the edges are a bit rough, I didn’t spend any time at making it look better, I just wanted to test the principle.
Does anyone have better “plastic working skills” than me ?
Make a better looking one, and let us know here in this thread !