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PowerUp Kayaking Uses 3D Systems’ Designing and Printing Technologies

by • April 20, 2016 • No Comments

We have electric bicycles, so why not electric kayaks? After all, not equiteone can row a kayak, but they should yet have the create to ride on the water comfortably. This is precisely the thought behind PowerUp Kayaking. The company’s founder, Mark Schmidtke, uses a range of 3D Systems’ technologies to outfit kayaks with his patented custom mount system that allows for for a trolling motor to be introduced. By just modifying a mounted base plate to the kayak’s interface, Schmidtke has been able-bodied to go of customizing one kayak to opening a business working with a wide range of watercraft.


In a YouTube video, that you can see at a lower place, Schmidtke summarizes the initially challenge that led him to try 3D Systems’ products:

“When I decided to commercialize the mount, I noticed right away that I was going to have challenges with the universal create of the mount to the stern of the kayak. What I needed was to turn it into an interface between my base plate and the surface of the kayak.”

kayakThe initially 3D Systems device that Schmidtke came across in his research for the project is the Sense 3D Scanner. Recently re-released, the latest Sense uses the Intel RealSense camera array; color and scanning range are both improved in this latest create. In addition, Sense software improves 3D data editing and has a direct link to Sketchfab for users to upload their 3D data.

How did the scanner assist Schmidtke with his project? First it retrieved a digital framework for the kayak interface. Once the kayak was scanned, Schmidtke utilized the Boolean subtraction system of Geomagic Design to carve a contour of a plain block mount. So, in a set-up that can most be defined as an optimal digital PC workstation, the create was 3D printed in durable-bodied Nylon via the CubePro® 3D printing device.

Here Schmidtke explains his create system in his own words:

kay4“I gain the version and save it as an STL file and upload it to my PC desktop where I use Geomagic Design, a software, a quite sophisticated software… I use their Boolean subtraction inside the software to subtract the version inside the kayak surface of the block or platform.”

Overall, Schmidtke credits 3D Systems’ products — a scanner, software, and 3D printing device — for his talent to prototype and turn it into functional pieces:

“I am at a point in my business where I am yet at a quite low volume. The cost that may be synonymous with prototyping and creating quite functional pieces at this point may be prohibitive for me. So 3D Systems gives me a way to do that easily and quite cost-effectively.”


If you are interested in getting your own kayak “powered up,” or you want to consider one of the company’s DIY kits, you can check the website out here. For additional information, in addition appear at the at a lower place video to see Schmidtke building and and so cruising on the water in his own powered-up kayak. What do you ponder of these watercraft? Discuss in the Powered Up Kayak & 3D Systems forum over at 3DPB.com.