I was reading up on the Lingo programming language and found out that it was invented by a Jamaican computer scientist named John H. Thompson , which led me to learn about Lonnie Johnson.
> "After I had settled into my new job and home, I set to work making the parts of the plastic water gun on a little lathe and milling machine in the basement."
It would be super interesting to find out which lathe and milling machines he had used. It sounds like they might have been Sherline machines.  I wonder how easy it would be today to 3D print a SuperSoaker prototype given the difficulties due to overhangs in the geometry of SuperSoaker parts (e.g. tube, barrel). Something tells me that manually fabricating it on a small lathe/mill like Lonnie Johnson did would be much faster for prototyping than 3D printing, even today ... but I could be wrong.
I think you are correct, and this is true for many designs. Widepsread love for 3D printing doesn't change that. When all you have is a hammer etc.
In my limited experience SLA can be made to work.
That a black guy invented this thing makes this even more ironic.
I would tell my son if there was a realistic looking gun not to play around with it outside, but that's regardless of his color. I say that as a "black" man
What's ironic about it at all?
This is incredible... I can't find a single decent air pressure water gun on Amazon.
I love it.
In retrospect, it makes a lot of sense.
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=6702535 (Super Soaker creator awarded $72.9M from Hasbro)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1785189 (Super-Soaker inventor may have solar-powered fuel cell breakthrough)
> I went on to design the N-Strike range of Nerf dart guns...