DIY Mini Foosball Table

Production video:

Design motivation

A while ago, I tried to make an electric foosball table (https://youtu.be/z2ItNWJ2Zps), but was unable to come up with a stable, low-cost design. But I still want to make myself a foosball table, so this time I made the cheapest possible mini foosball table on a 60 x 40 fiberboard.

List of materials

  1. Two 3 mm fiberboards
  2. Four 33 cm M5 sticks, and two 5.5 cm M5 sticks
  3. A marble or any 10 mm diameter ball
  4. A design plan

Tools

  1. Universal VLS6.60
  2. Kingssel Education Edition (optional)

Procedure

1. The design

As usual, first do the 3D modeling in Fusion 360, then use Adobe Illustrator to carry out the laser cutting. Not so fast, however: this time, there’s more editing to be done in Adobe Illustrator—for example, the living hinge on the bottom left.

The following picture shows our design plan. The foosball table is exactly the same size as a sheet of A4 paper and has over 100 parts, most of which are small parts that make up the figures and the handles. If you 3D print the handles, you’ll have 64 fewer parts to deal with!

The initial design had three rows of figures, but that took up too much space, so I removed one row, although I did leave space for an optional third row.

2. Laser cutting

The cutting path is rather long this time: It takes a little over 30 minutes. Overall, it’s pretty easy, so there’s not much else to say.

3. Assembly of small parts (handles and figures)

The box itself is even easier to assemble, so I won’t go into detail. You can do it yourself just by following the video.

The most annoying parts are in the handles and the figures, so here’s an explanation:

  • Handles: Eight parts in each set, as shown in the assembly drawing below. Take note of the assembly order for the middle parts. There are two middle parts with notches for fasteners.

  • Figures: Eight parts in each set, as shown in the assembly drawing below. Because of the thickness of the fiberboard, you might need something like a small rubber mallet for ease of assembly.

4. Finishing

When you’ve finished the small parts, it’s time to attach them to the main shafts with superglue. There are a few small areas that might require more glue.

Make sure the figures can move across the entire width of the table. Then you can start playing!

(optional) We also made a scoreboard, which is easy to assemble. You can follow the video.



5. Improvements

  • Three rows is too crowded: I might remove one row in the future.
  • The biggest mistake was using superglue. I might replace it with screws.
  • The long handles make it difficult to store the table. For my next design, I’ll try making removable handles that can be stored inside the table. I would also need to design a storage space for the ball.

Made @D-School, NTU   @New Taipei Makerspace and Tool Library

For more projects like this, check out the author’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/不務正業

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