Tag Archives: hardware

When traditional tools aren’t working…

…we go further and further to try and solve problems, pushing the limits of imagination. Happily, Vinod has already dropped the stethoscope, meaning Ziphius is good and healthy. 😉

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Growing pains

Our cemetery of broken equipment keeps evolving. We’ve added some boards we’ve accidentally burned.

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Final master done!

Some travels are totally worth it! Yesterday we went to the mold factory (just about 100 km/62 miles away) to verify the master unit in order to produce the final prototype.  This will lead us to the steel mold production. We captured Edmundo taking some photos of an unmounted Ziphius. Photoception! 

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It’s not only a question of size

Apart from size, there are many issues concerning the creation of the right 3D model for the plastic parts of Ziphius, being the most challenging the accommodation of all the electronics. To make them fit in a water-proof box without increasing too much the size of Ziphius isn’t a easy task. Moreover, the model involves a lot of details: it includes 12 different pieces, all of them with specific requisites. On top of that we have been adapting this 3D model to follow the engineering principles of the steel molds.

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Gladly, we have now a prototype that fulfills the product major requirements (and finally the right size!): the Ziphius in the middle. We have been testing and refining it to have the final prototype, including the most important test of them all: get it into the water. We first need to produce silicon molds and then proceed with a battery of tests.

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Ups and downs

Remember our cemetery for broken equipment? Well, we widened the theme, and now we are adding failed attempts too.

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This was the first attempt we did to adapt the prototype to the steel molds. Sadly, it presented some weaknesses that we wanted to correct. Most of them were details, such as the best way to mount and replace the turbines and propellers, but others were more crucial for the assembly of the Ziphius, such as to ensure that at the assembly line we could mount all the electronics. Well, gotta try a few times before succeeding, right?

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In other news, we’ve tested the new turbines and propellers and we are very satisfied with their performance.

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Testing makes perfect

Howdy dear readers,

After a lot of testing, we are proud to present to you our exquisite turbines and propellers. Take a look. This is the final prototype.

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We are demanding when it comes to anything related to Ziphius and water. Ziphius deserves the best!

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