Despite the seemingly endless amount of project management and instant messaging apps, spitwads and Nerf darts are oftentimes still used as a form of communication between some engineering and design teams. Whether you have an ongoing game of office warfare or not, it also never hurts to be prepared.

For those who simply just want the best, the Pennypult kit comes with everything you need to build your very own desk sized trebuchet (also known as a gravity-powered catapult).

Using little more than a flat surface and 16 pennies to use as a counterweight, the nine-inch Pennypult is capable of throwing projectiles of your choice (mini muffins? thumb drives? ketchup packets?) up to thirty-five feet (!!)

Unlike a traditional trebuchet design, the counterweight of the Pennypult is strategically positioned above the throwing arm, which helps increase the throwing distance.

Created in Los Angeles by Apptivus, a small group of entrepreneurs and creatives, the simple laser cut design, can be constructed in just a few minutes without the need for tools, glues, sanding, or additional woodworking.


Currently, the team is seeking funding for the project and has already exceeded their campaign goal with nearly a month to go in their campaign. For just $30, it also makes one heck of a desk toy in the case that your office has already signed a peace treaty.

Get it (and a snazzy Pennypult tshirt) over at Kickstarter.


Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.