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LEGO Mindstorms "Projectile" ball replacement
In the Lego Mindstorms EV3 set (#31313) there are three red plastic balls ("Technic Bionicle Ball", #54821) used as projectiles for a ball shooter ("Technic Bionicle Weapon").
As it can be expected they have an almost magical ability to disappear just to reappear in another part of a house or in a left winter boot stored in a shoe cupboard since the last winter.
I designed this simple replacement piece to worry no more. I can always print some new munitions for my sons robot wars.
In order to obtain a good geometry and surface finish I split the ball into two halves. They are assembled by press fitting the male and female halves together.
I used a small vice with soft padding between vice and the part. I did not see a need for any glue but to be sure that the halves do not split a drop of CA glue can be added before joining the halves.
Doe to a rougher surface the projectile to projectile shooting precision might vary more then for original parts.
It is also recommended to smoothen the ball around the split line with a fine sand paper to avoid jams during shooting.