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Testing the final prototype

As you know, we’ve been testing Ziphius, and on our last post we said we would have new photos and info about the final prototype. Here you have it.

We’ve made some changes regarding size and form. The major visible differences are:

  • Easily replaceable motors;
  • Protection in the turbines for children safety;
  • Right turned and left turned propellers, for more stable behaviors;
  • Easiler way to detach Ziphius skin from the rest of the body;

These are the type of tests we’ve been doing:

  • Test of the new attach of the EPP

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  • Speed

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  • Image captures

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  • Maneuverability – to see how easy is to make it swim straight

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We’ve also been busy making the DIY edition ready for you. We’ve ordered the components. Once we have these components, we will then test them and see if everything’s okay before we start sending them.

Keep tuned!

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Ziphius final prototype

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The moment we’ve been waiting for is here. This is Ziphius last prototype. We used the September days to do some testings to make sure everything is topnotch. Soon we will have more pics and improvements to show you. Next step: steel mold production. Let’s go!

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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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