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How to Make Spider-Man Web Shooters

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by Justin Page on July 14, 2017

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On a web slinging episode of Odin Makes, host Odin Abbott demonstrates how to make Spider-Man‘s web shooters based off of the design from Captain America: Civil War and Spider-Man: Homecoming. This was a highly requested DIY prop from his viewers.

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How to Make a Spiderman Web Shooter
that really works

This is a tutorial on how to make a spiderman web shooter that really shoots. It uses a rubber band for power and it shoots a string like a web. Easy project and I had a lot of fun with it.
You just need a few supplies like a piece of foamboard, a string, a rubber band and some paint.

The PDF template for this project is right here: Webshooter Template

If you came here from youtube I will be posting this tutorial shortly! I will need a few hours!

There is a video for this tutorial right after the first picture.

You can also watch the video tutorial here:

Supplies list for this project:

  • 1 sheet of foamboard
  • 15 feet of thin string, kite string is great for this
  • 1 rubber band
  • hot glue gun ( works best but regular glue is ok too)
  • 2 toothpicks
  • some tape, masking tape is best
  • Red, Blue, Black Paints

For the Armband:

  • A piece of cloth, leather or vinyl big enough to wrap around your wrist
  • Some velcro is best to attach it all together but you can improvise something else if needed

Let’s Make this web shooter!!

Print out the pdf and cut out the various pieces.

Put those pieces on a piece of foamboard. You can trace around them and then cut the pieces out of foamboard. Or you can even use gluestick to just glue the pieces down then cut them out.

The trickest part of this whole assembly is the main piece. Be sure to cut out the slot. It is marked on the template. Cut out the whole piece then just cut through a layer of the paper so you can fold it like in the picture. Foamboard is really good for this. This way you get this shape.

Now Glue one of the quartermoons right into the bottom of the webshooter. Notice that it is about 1/2 inch from the bottom edge and it is right up against the side where the slot is.

Next glue two quarter moons to the top piece. This will go on top of the webshooter. The quarter moons will sit directly over the one quarter moon below. And in the same orientation.

Now glue two more quarter moons to the top piece.

This picture shows the three quarter moons as they should be. The one on the bottom and the two glued to the top. The extra piece you see between them is the trigger. I will show you how to put that in .

Now insert the trigger into the slot. Position it in a way that it will have free range of motion.

With the trigger in the right place so it moves freely pierce a hole through the whole assembly. As you are piercing pause to check the range of motion on the trigger. You can always move the trigger to a new position and repierce it.

Next insert a toothpick all the way through the whole thing. Apply glue to the top and bottom ends of the toothpick then trim the toothpick down.

Now insert another toothpick into the other end of the assembly as shown. This is where the rubber band will be strung over. Trim it down so it is about 1/2 inch. Glue it in place too. And pre punch a hole if needed before installing the toothpick.

Now tape the hinged cover onto the assembly. Just tape it on one side so you can hinge it open to reload the rubberband and web.

This picture shows the hinging action.

Okay this web shooter is almost done! Let’s finish it up and paint it!

Elmer’s Guide-Line Foam Board 20 Inches x 30 Inches, White, 2 Foam Boards per pack

I love elmers foam board, and this has light grid lines on it .

Spiderman Mask

You’ll be a complete superhero with this deluxe Spiderman mask. The red mask is made from a nylon/spandex blend and features Spidey’s signature webbing. The holes for the eyes are covered in a white mesh for clear vision. Discrete nose holes are in the front for easy breathing. Put on this classic mask for the complete Spiderman experience!

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You can hang around as many laboratories as y o u want, but there are zero chances you’ll ever get bitten by a spider and find yourself with superpowers. The easiest (and safest) way to realize your Spider-Man fantasies is to build this DIY web shooter instead , which also ensures no music stands will ever pose a threat to you.

YouTube’s HeroTech channel is responsible for this excellent, and mostly functional, cosplay upgrade . You, unfortunately, can’t use these web shooters to swing from building to building; instead of an ultra strong and sticky silk-like substance, they launch a short length of lightweight thread with a magnet on one end so they attach to any metallic targets. It’s useless against the likes of the Green Goblin, Venom, or the Lizard, but if you’re trying to rescue a quarter that’s fallen down a storm drain, you’ll be 25 cents richer with one of these strapped to your wrist.

The HeroTech channel has also posted an in-depth tutorial on how the web shooters were assembled, including an exhaustive parts list and links to download the 3D printer files needed to create the custom housing. You’ll need to be comfortable with several DIY skills to make a set of these for yourself, including 3D printing, soldering, basic electronics, and using some very permanent glue without adhering your fingers together.

It’s not quite Tony Stark levels of sophistication, but there are enough tiny moving parts here to make this one challenging. With San Diego Comic-Con still a few months away, however, you’ve got lots of time to practice (and rebuild these as needed) as you perfect your Spider-Man outfit for the convention.

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Web Shooter

Web Shooter

Specifications

Range

Rate of fire

Obtained

The Web Shooter is the most basic gadget in Marvel’s Spider-Man, available to players at the start of the game. It is Spider-Man (Peter Parker)’s chief weapon, worn on his wrists beneath the gauntlets of his costume, and capable of projecting chemical webbing.

History Edit

Following his initial transformation into Spider-Man, Peter Parker invented the wrist-worn devices he calls his Web Shooters as a means of helping him fight crime and traverse the city of New York at high speeds. He designed and created his first pair of Web Shooters at the age of fifteen.

During his first eight years as the web-slinging defender of New York, Spider-Man continuously upgraded the Web Shooters, improving them so he could deal with all kinds of threats—including villains like Electro, Vulture, Rhino, and the Scorpion.

The Web Shooter appears as the default gadget that Spider-Man employs in Marvel’s Spider-Man. It is introduced in The Main Event, the opening mission; during the raid on Fisk Tower, Spider-Man uses the latest model for his Web Shooters to incapacitate Wilson Fisk and his men.

Use Edit

Concept art from Marvel’s Spider-Man: The Art of the Game

At its most basic, a single shot from the Web Shooter is an effective means of momentarily staggering an enemy. A few consecutive shots can also be used to ensnare a target and make them available as a weight to swing around and knock over other enemies. If an enemy is close to a wall, firing multiple webs at them will cause them to stick to the walls, incapacitating them. The Web Shooter is the most effective way of taking down brutes, who need to be webbed up before they can take damage from hits. It can also incapacitate enemies by webbing them to the ground after they’ve been knocked over.

The Web Shooter, like the Electric Web, can regenerate its own ammunition over time without the need for Spider-Man to perform special takedowns.

Like all other gadgets, the Web Shooter can be upgraded with various tokens throughout the course of the game. The first four upgrades either add more capacity or make the Web Shooter refill faster. The final upgrade makes enemies that have been tied up with web unable to move for a longer period.

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The Physics of Spider-Man’s Webs

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The Physics of Spider-Man’s Webs

Perhaps the most distinguishing feature of Spider-Man is his ability to shoot webs. Now, let’s be clear. Spider-Man’s webs are a technology-based superpower. Forget what you saw in previous Spider-Man movies. His webs don’t just come out of special holes in his wrists. Those movies were wrong. No, Peter Parker developed these devices using his brain (or maybe he stole them).

Web Strength

The first thing to consider is the strength of these webs. There are several methods that could be used to estimate the web strength. Let me just consider a case from a previous movie that shows Spider-Man using his webs to catch a falling car. What kind of tension would the webs need so that they don’t break? Oh, just find the weight of a car? Nope. That’s not good enough. The webs not only support the car, but also slow the car down.

Let’s say that a falling car has a mass of 2,000 kg and for 1 second before being stopped. This means that I can use the momentum principle to find the momentum of the car in the downward direction.

Since the car starts from rest, the initial momentum is zero. Now, what about stopping the car? Once the web grabs onto the car, there will be two forces on the car: the downward gravitational force and the upward force from the web. Of course a web doesn’t instantaneously stop the car, it also takes some amount of time over which the web stretches. All materials stretch a little bit. For simplicity, I will assume a stopping time that is also 1 second long. The momentum principle looks the same as before except there are two forces on the car and the final momentum is zero.

This means that the web would have to have a tension of at least 39,200 Newtons.

Let’s use this value to make a comparison to other web-like options. The strength of a material can be describe by the ultimate tensile strength. This is the maximum tension per cross sectional area that the material can withstand before breaking and is measured in units of MPa (mega Pascals — or 10 6 Newtons/m 2 . In order to get a maximum tension, you need to know the cross sectional area of the wire since obviously thicker wires are stronger. Here comes the first wild estimate (ok, not the first). Let me approximate the web shot from Spider-Man as a cylindrical shape with a radius of 1 mm. If I replaced the web with real materials of the same size, this would be their maximum tension (based on the values from Wikipedia).

  • Steel cable: 6,503 Newtons
  • Nylon rope: 235 Newtons
  • Spider silk: 3,142 Newtons
  • Carbon nanotube rope: 1.98 x 10 5 Newtons

Based on these calculations, it looks like carbon nanotube rope is the only thing that would work. Well, the steel cable could work but it would have to be much thicker with a radius of 2.5 mm.

How Much Webbing Can Spider-Man Carry?

In the recent versions of Spider-Man, it seems that all the webbing “ammo” is contained in a small watch-sized wrist thing. In order to estimate the amount of webs, Spidey (he lets his close friends call him Spidey) can shoot, I need to first settle on the webs. I am going to go with carbon nanotube rope. According to Wikipedia, this could have a density of around 0.55 g/cm 3 which I assume is the density for the nanotubes in the form of a cable.

How much webbing would Spider-Man need for just one shot? It seems like he primarily uses the webs for swinging. If I were Spider-Man (and I’m not saying either way), I would aim for a height of about 5 to 10 stories high. Let’s say this requires a web length of about 20 meters. Using my initial estimate of a 1 mm radius web, this would be a super skinny and long cylinder. The volume of this cylinder would be:

This would put the total web volume for one use at 6.28 x 10 -5 m 3 . That might be a little difficult to visualize in terms of the size. How about a comparison to the volume of a standard pencil with a radius of 0.25 cm. If all of this webbing was put into a pencil, the pencil would be 3.2 m long. That’s a long pencil and remember, that’s for just one of his typical web shots.

Well, then how big of a container would he need to have a reasonable number of shots? Let’s say he wants 50 uses of the web for each hand. If I were Spider-Man, that’s what I would want. In that case, we can find the web volume estimation by a factor of 50. That gives a total volume (per hand) of 0.00314 m 3 .

What would this look like if it fit around a wrist? If I use my own wrist for a basis, then I find that it has a circumference of 16.5 cm. In my web container design, I will let the cartridge go back 10 cm along my arm. Now I can calculate the thickness of this container. Maybe a picture will help. Here is a look at my device looking down the arm.

Using the values from my estimates, I get a container radius of 9.6 cm or a height above the wrist of 7 cm. Here is what that would look like.

Yes. That looks a little awkward. But just imagine how large this thing would be the webs were something like nylon or steel cable instead of nanotube rope.

Web Speed and Range

I already said that it seems like these webs should be able to reach at least a 10 story building (about 30 meters). What kind of launch speed would a web need to get this high? Let’s just start with the assumption that that the front of the web is just a particle and that air resistance is negligible. Yes, that is obviously not realistic but I will proceed anyway. As a bonus, isn’t it great that I can say “not realistic” when talking about Spider-Man? This is what makes the Internet so great.

If a web is launched straight up, there will be only one force on it — the gravitational force. This constant force will make the vertical velocity decrease as it rises. At the highest point, the web velocity will be zero m/s (assuming it just barely makes it to the top). This will give an average vertical velocity of:

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Since the web is slowing down with an acceleration of -g, I can find the total time to get to the top of the building using the definition of the acceleration.

Now I can use the average velocity and this time interval to get an expression for the change in vertical position.

And there is your expression for the launch speed of the web. Sure, you could have just used one of the kinematic equations but what fun would that be? Using a the value for the change in height of 30 meters, the web launch speed would be 24.2 m/s (54 mph). That doesn’t seem too bad, does it? But wait. What about air resistance.

I’ll admit that calculating the air resistance in this case can be quite tricky. I could use the typical model for air resistance that say the force from air is proportional to the square of the speed:

Here ρ is the density of air at about 1.2 kg/m 3 and A is the cross sectional area of the web. The problem is with the value of C which is a coefficient that depends on the shape of the object. If a web is like a cylinder, a longer cylinder (as the web shoots out) has a different drag coefficient than a shorter web. This means that I will just have to guess at a value for C.

Here is the next problem. As the web rises, it goes slower. With a slower web there is also less air resistance. This means that there is a non-constant acceleration on this rising web. In cases like this, the only practical method for solving for the motion is to use a computer to create a numerical model. It’s not too difficult, but if you want the details check out this previous post.

For this simulation, I am going to assume carbon nanotube webs with a radius of 1 mm and a length of 2 meters in a cylindrical shape. The mass of this section of web can be found from the density of 0.55 g/cm 3 .

You can see from this plot that the web doesn’t quite go 30 meters high — but it’s pretty close. Ignoring air resistance isn’t such a bad assumption so that the web launch speed of 24 m/s seems legit.

What if Spidey wants to shoot his webs at a bad guy somewhere down the street? How far away horizontally could these webs go? I’ll spare you the math (but it’s here if you want it) and just give you the expression for the horizontal projectile motion distance when and object is fired on level ground at 45°.

Putting in an angle of 45°, Spider-Man gets a range of 58.8 meters. Oh, but maybe he can ramp up the launch speed up to 40 m/s for those special occasions. In that case, he would have a range of 163 meters.

And now for some preemptive comments and answers:

  • This is silly. Toby McGuire is the real Spider-Man, not this guy that looks like Anakin Skywalker. You might be correct.
  • I think you made a mistake. You assumed that the density of Spider-Man’s webs once it comes out of the shooter is the same as the density inside the shooter. Couldn’t it be packed in even tighter when inside? Yes, this is possible. However, it would be difficult to estimate the compression inside the shooter.
  • Why are you wasting your time on stupid posts like this? Don’t you have more important things to do as a physicist? Maybe you should be working on fusion or other clean power sources? You are probably correct, but I just can’t help myself.
  • I thought Spider-Man’s webs came out of his wrist and were just part of his super hero powers. No. You are very wrong. That was from the previous Spider-Man movies. I suspect they did that because they didn’t want to spend the time to show how Peter Parker developed the webs. If he did have webs as part of his super hero powers, the webs would probably come out of his butt and not his wrist. That would be weird.
  • What if Spider-Man’s webs are stored in another dimension and his web shooters just grab them and pull them into this dimension? Wouldn’t that explain how he can shoot so many webs? Yes. I think you are correct. This must be the real way that his webs work.
  • Did you just say «real way the webs work»? You are really disconnected from real life, aren’t you? Comic books aren’t real you massive dolt. __ If I realized I was disconnected from reality, would I be completely disconnected from reality? I think not. Spider-Man is real but Superman is not.__

Do you need some more Spider-Man physics? Hold on, soon I will have another post that answers the question: is it faster to swing webs or just run?

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