Design and construction of an electronic ice hockey target

Design and construction of an electronic ice hockey target

Programme: Exchange students

Course: Thesis project for exchange students

Corporate partner: 10x Labs

Challenge: Accurately detect a full hit from a grazing shot on an electronic ice hockey target and give this feedback in real time to the shooter.

Solution:After the research phase was concluded, two different electronic ice hockey target prototypes were constructed. After testing these prototypes, the best features of each prototype were combined in a final prototype. It consisted of a 3D-printed PLA body, a polycarbonate impactplate, 4 aa-batteries, an accelerometer and an arduino nano.

Impact:The thesis showed it is feasable to design and construct a working electronic ice hockey target. The weak links in our design could be improved upon by using mass production techniques in order to create a market-worthy product.

Prototypes: 3 prototypes were built. The major difference between them were the amount of bolts and springs, the method of connection of these bolts, and the sensor used to detect the impact.  

Quotes from sponsor/partner:

Project team: Brecth Jaspaert