Group 3 - Nerf Vortex Praxis Blaster

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The purpose of this gate is to plan out the rest of the project. In section 2 there will be two sub sections, the work proposal and the management proposal. In the work proposal we will outline how we plan to dissect our product, with what tools , and how long it should take. In the management proposal we will outline how our group plans to manage it's work and provide roles to each group member. In section 3 we will complete a thorough analysis without doing any dissection of the product.

Project Management

blab about what is in this section

Work Proposal

texty text

Management Proposal

roles texty text
meeting plan texty text
plan for group conflicts texty text

Product Archaeology

what is in this section chief?

Development Profile

The product was released in September 2011, and was developed in the year before that. When this

new line of Nerf blasters, vortex, was developed, Nerf completely redesigned their ammunition from

foam darts to foam disks and redesigned their launch mechanism as well. They did this because they

were not satisfied with the range of their previous blasters. Nerf guns are intended to be toys for

children 8 years old and up. They are made by Hasbro, which is a company based in America. While

there is no list or information on where Nerf guns are allowed, one can assume that any country that

allows citizens to own an actual gun would allow Nerf guns. The intended impact of a Nerf gun is to

entertain their user.

Usage Profile

The intended use of the product is use in a Nerf battle, which is when two or more people who own Nerf

guns try to shoot each other without getting shot by the other player(s). The winner is the person who

remains after every other player has been shot. This product is definitely for home use. This product

performs the job of keeping the user/users entertained. In order to achieve a different objective, you

would have to find a way to apply the product to that objective, and if necessary modify the product.

Energy Profile

This particular Nerf gun is powered by the user. The user uses the pump on the front of the gun to load

the spring. This creates potential energy. When you pull the trigger, the torsion spring releases and

converts its potential energy into kinetic energy on the disk. The disk will release its energy on whatever

it ends up hitting, usually the ground, a wall, or an opponent.

Complexity Profile

Due to the fact that our group has not yet dissected the product, we can only speculate to the internal

parts. There are about 10 components: the shell/body, the trigger mechanism, the torsion spring, the

magazine, the magazine spring, the disks, the mechanism that holds and releases the magazine, the

spring release mechanism, the pumping mechanism, and the stock release mechanism. Most of these

components on their own are not very complicated. The pumping mechanism, trigger mechanism,

magazine components, torsion spring, spring release and disks all interact with each other. It is difficult

to gauge how complex these interactions are without dissecting the product, but from what we can see

it is not very complicated.

Material Profile


User Interaction Profile


Product Alternative Profile