this student uses 3d printing to create the world's first underwater jetpack
 

this student uses 3d printing to create the world's first underwater jetpack

to build an affordable alternative to expensive underwater jetskis, british student archie o’brien has developed ‘cuda’, a 3D-printed jetpack. the propulsion device, which has been developed from a university project into a mass production, is worn as a backpack giving the user a hands-free experience as they glide through the water.

this student uses 3d printing to create the world's first underwater jetpack

 

 

after researching on the subject, o’brien has developed his own propulsion system, which would let him fit the jet into a backpack configuration. once the design was ready and all necessary prototypes were created, the designer built his first-ever 3D-printed underwater propulsion backpack with the help of local manufacturer 3D hubs.

this student uses 3d printing to create the world's first underwater jetpack

 

 

‘the impressive part of the project is that most of the components used FDM [fused deposition modeling] technology and PLA [polylactic acid],’ explains 3D hubs team. ‘both FDM and PLA are the most commonly and easily accessible materials and technologies respectively due to their low cost.’

this student uses 3d printing to create the world's first underwater jetpack

 

 

to make cuda run underwater safely, o’brien uses some extra materials: all the 3D-printed elements are covered with epoxy resin, while silicone parts are added to protect the batteries from the water. the creators claim that, after testing the jet by leaving it in water for months and close to freezing conditions, it doesn’t show any issues with leakage or deterioration.

this student uses 3d printing to create the world's first underwater jetpack

 

video by 3D hubs

 

this student uses 3d printing to create the world's first underwater jetpack

 

this student uses 3d printing to create the world's first underwater jetpack

 

this student uses 3d printing to create the world's first underwater jetpack

 

this student uses 3d printing to create the world's first underwater jetpack

this student uses 3d printing to create the world's first underwater jetpack

  • Fun until your head gets sucked back into the intake port. lol

    db comentor
  • Yoo! Good one! I’d love to snorkel with one. But…how strong is the excentric thrust? Don’t you have to correct this permanently with the fins?
    And please close the intake with a grid…unless you want to catch fish and seaweed.

    Dirk

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