Every year around the end of October PADT has our holiday season kick-off event, our Pumpkin Fest and Launch. This year we also added in a company meeting, killing three birds with one pumpkin.
The weather was fantastic, and we all enjoyed sitting outside in the sun under a clear blue sky. Our pumpkin catapult, recently improved, was then rolled out for some pumpkin chunkin’ fun.
Thanks to the folks at Tech Shop Chandler we had a redesigned basket for the pumpkins to go in. Their industrial sewing machine was a perfect tool to make something strong enough. Her are some picture below that I took with my phone, we will add video next week.
Manoj M won on distance, and Jeff McK took the prize for accuracy.
For a couple of years now, PADT has had a tradition of shooting off pumpkin mortars on Halloween. Originally we took dry ice, sealed it with some water in a 2 Liter bottle, put it in a tube with a pumpkin on top and “bang-whooosh” a pumpkin goes a flying.
Being engineers, we have to improve on the process… this year we used foam wadding, put cameras inside foam “pumpkins” and tried launching an ice pumpkin. Here is the first attempt: