Paintball is one of the most developing games in the world today because of its rapid increase in popularity. Most people are opting to play the game because it is more fun and engaging. Attracting many lovers, the sport has enkindled most businesses to integrate the sale of its paraphernalia to attract more customers. It is somehow similar to “Capture the Flag” game for children where players shoot at opposing players with paint pellets using paintball-customized guns.
Paintball manufacturing process
Since much is known about the sport, let’s deal with the actual paint, where it is got from, if it is harmful, or if it causes persisting stains.
Preparing the paint
The paint preparation process is quite an engaging process because the paint should, and is always biodegradable and soluble in water. The actual preparation of the paint is done on a particular facility before being shipped to an encapsulation facility where it is encapsulated in light membranes to burst on contact easily.
The encapsulation process
Special equipment of encapsulating the paint is required to make this process successful. Before, manufacturers used to encapsulate the paint in pharmaceutical companies where the manufacturing equipment only existed, but nowadays, there are a number of dedicated paintball manufacturers although the machines are costly but worth it. The paint comprises of gelatin, a water-soluble and biodegradable glutinous protein that tends to stick (an adhesive property). The capsules are created with the machine that contains two drums that counter-rotate and lined with dimples that form the casing. The machine injects the paint in controlled amounts as it seals the capsules.
The tumbling process
After the capsules are prepared and sealed in the previous encapsulation process, the gelatin feels soft and warm. The tumbling process cools the paintball capsules in a regulated process by shaking and spinning them round and round as they dry and become uniform and perfectly round.
The drying process
After the spinning process, the paintballs are now placed on shelves and left to dry. Drying depends on factory processes, gelatin and mixture amounts used and the various additional processes the paintballs are exposed to.
The inspection and packaging process
Inspection is visually done before workers package the balls. Packaging is done considering weight. The packaging machine makes the work very easy and the process flows very efficiently.