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    Question Shuttlecock serve machines?

    Hi, did anyone see some shuttlecock serve machines? I saw the machines which are used to serve in tennis and pingpong, but never see the familar machine on the badminton court. If there's no such a machine for now, why there's no manufacturer make it?

    I think a good serve machine might be very useful to provide a tough training for a single person. Also, if it's computer-controlled, the training should be perfect if the coach is in holiday!

    Does anyone have any idea about this casual question?

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    Im just trying to think how this would actaully work lol, i mean its easy for launching tennis balls since they only require two rollers to be spinning at high speed and balls drop in. But a shuttle is such an odd shape.. my initial ideas were launching them from a tube with some kind of gas powered valve. Or simply have a mech arm constantly swinging with a shuttle feeder lol.

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    i think it would definitely have to be an arm being swung mechanically - using gas power wuold be complicated because of the structure / nature of shuttles...

    also if you use and arm and a racquet it would be a better simulation, and you wouldnt have to worry too much about how damaged the shuttles are..

    one problem - i don't think mechanical arms are at a standard where the necessary racquet head speed can be generated...

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    Its so complicated to make a shuttle launching system, thats probably why no companies actaulyl attempted it. I mean how much would they sell it for? No ones going to pay alot for it.

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    Hang a tube which contains shuttlecocks, use a switch on it's bottom to drop the shuttlecocks. Then trigger a power motor to swing the racket to hit it. I guess the whole system must be controlled by computer to keep high accuracy. Does it work?

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    Default launching machine

    They already exist...how do you think companies test the shuttles they've made? Unfortunately they're too big/expensive for the kind of use you're thinking of.

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    http://www.sport-teknik.se/

    already exists

    costs about $25, 000 CDN

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    This topic has been talked about many times in previous threads. Please do a search. Thank you.

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    Oh...The machine doesn't look elegant...there's no swinging racket as I imagined.
    Hi Pete, sorry for raise this repeated question. It just suddenly appeared in my mind when I saw my coach had been doing multi feed too much.

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    Here's one in action... nice to see how birdies get made 2...

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...36&q=badminton

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    Quote Originally Posted by qqsu_azure
    Oh...The machine doesn't look elegant...there's no swinging racket as I imagined.
    Hi Pete, sorry for raise this repeated question. It just suddenly appeared in my mind when I saw my coach had been doing multi feed too much.

    Having a racquet swing at the shuttle in fact would be the "not elegant" design. There's no need for such complexity because controlling the timing and angular velocity would take a lot of sensors and embedded software. Using compress air or a hydralic ram would be much more elegant from an engineering standpoint.

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