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Mousetrap using only Paper,Rubberband and glue stick

  1. Jul 16, 2014 #1
    Hello everyone.

    The purpose is to be able to build a mousetrap with a trigger mechanism to initiate the trap. In my case it's a ping pong ball that will act as the mouse and will be rolled down from a ramp to the mousetrap. Once it's in the trap the ball must remain in place.

    I need some ideas.

    Any help appreciated.
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  3. Jul 16, 2014 #2


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    Welcome to PF.
    Is this challenge part of your school or homework ?
    It would be too obvious to use the glue to hold things together, the rubber band as a spring and the paper for the trap. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Origami

    So start by analysing each material on it's own to evaluate their applicability to different tasks.
  4. Jul 16, 2014 #3


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    From paper you can make cardboard? You can shred paper and weave strands like wicker into any 3D shape desired?

    Sounds like hours of fun, and totally app-free! :smile:
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