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A project log for OSUG: Open-Source Underwater Glider

A versatile autonomous environmental drone using a buoyancy engine

alexwalexw 10/15/2017 at 09:2711 Comments

Full instructions for the glider are now completed, with a level of detail that if you're able to assemble a RepRap kit, you should be able to assemble the glider. The only tools required are a 3D printer, soldering station, dremel and then various handtools such as hacksaw/allen keys etc.

With the Onshape CAD model, you are able to duplicate the model and adapt the hardware for your own requirements (such as adding a front mounted camera) - this glider is designed to be a hardware platform for others to use/adapt, not a project with a fixed use case.

If there is interest, I may look into the possibility of putting together a few kits containing all parts/3D printed components that are known to work together so you can assemble the whole glider in a couple of weekends.

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nonstop99 wrote 03/29/2018 at 11:16 point

I am also interested in a kit once they are ready and the project has been tested a bit

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kaosrulz wrote 11/25/2017 at 20:19 point

A kit would be great as long as it is realistic in price. Not everyone out here has a full wallet like kevin( no offence ). I'm in NZ so how do I  get involved, local info, in fishhackathon?, Graham

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alexw wrote 12/03/2017 at 10:53 point

Sorry for the delay, I'm not receiving emails for comments :/

I've just released an update concerning current progress - I'm currently improving the design and testing before I make a few kits. I will definitely try and keep cost down for early adopter kits.

It could be worthwhile sending Graham a private message to make sure that he sees that :)

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Kevin Klemens wrote 11/16/2017 at 19:56 point

Put me down for a kit as well. I finally read through all the instructions and I lack some of the heavy equipment to build this (Drill press, hot plate, etc). Any part that I can't get off the shelf "as-is" without modification would be helpful. You may name your price :)

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alexw wrote 12/03/2017 at 11:09 point

Sorry for the delay, I'm not receiving emails for comments :/

Great! I've just done a general update on the glider, I'm currently modifying the glider design to remove the requirement of some of the heavy equipment (primarily the drill press by not using aluminium bars etc) and to optimise slightly for kits.

I will likely offer a kit with the SMDs already soldered/bootloader flashed, so only through-hole soldering is required. In the interest of keeping cost down I will likely offer a couple of versions of the kits with various parts not being included in each. The Blue Robotics parts will not be included in any of the kits, as this will increase the price.

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8-Bits wrote 11/15/2017 at 15:08 point

I would be interested in a kit!

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alexw wrote 11/15/2017 at 17:40 point

Sure thing! I've had a few people contact me over the last few days, so I will potentially look at putting together some sort of alpha/beta program if people are interested

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graham wrote 11/09/2017 at 01:30 point

thanks. Also have you heard about fishackathon.Co ? I'm running the Auckland NZ event Feb 10-11

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alexw wrote 11/15/2017 at 17:39 point

I hadn't, but it looks interesting so I may attend the London/Long beach event next time it occurs

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graham wrote 11/08/2017 at 21:12 point

I would be interested in such a kit... 

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alexw wrote 11/08/2017 at 21:49 point

That's great to hear, I'm going to LA tomorrow for the supercon, but will be back in the UK in a week or so. I'll keep you posted on the idea of kits when I'm back :-)

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