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The AutoNaut: Ogle Models Produces 3D Printed Bow & Tail Fin Design for Weather Data Collecting Sea Drone

by • July 20, 2016 • No Comments

Kdb3wz1zWhilst many of us frequently doubt the actual efficacy of those giving weather reports, the meteorologist of in modern times is pretty well-supplied with innovation. Because as much accuracy as possible is truly required due to storms or weather issues that may endanger lives, weather organizations and governments around the world are always exploring new ways to gauge the weather, as well as giving reports to the public in an accelerated style. We’ve seen the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration via 4D software as well as 3D printed weather stations being utilized in Zambia. employing a range of methods that many of us have nat any time considered and may not have actually heard of.

Now, the UK is looking into additional methods for monitoring the ocean to create accurate weather predictions in the next and MOST Autonomous Vessels (AV) hired Ogle Models to assist with a portion of the project in outfitting a super sea drone. Headquartered in Hertfordshire, Ogle was asked to 3D print prototype parts for a remote-controlled drone, called the AutoNaut, that may be utilized at sea. This may allow for a whole new realm of study in comparison to conventional ocean mapping and marine biology studies.

9c6ea075-485d-47de-839c-b0d212607d26Ogle’s part was to manufacture both a hard bow and tail fin create for the oceanic drone—in addition known as an unmanned surface vessel or USV—that requires absolute precision. Using laser sintering (SLS), Ogle relied on what is one of the many exact 3D printing technologies, via a laser to trace the 3D version across a powder bed, melting and binding the material together to form a sturdy, solid shape.

Once 3D printed, the parts created by the Ogle team were rigorously tested, as it was imperative—additional than at any time, in this case—that the surface finish was not just completely accurate, but in addition able-bodied to handle ocean conditions.

“The material and production system in addition needed to guarantee that the final part may be non-porous that intended the version may be tested accurately,” noted the Ogle team in a new press release.

“We are incredibly proud to have been selected to create these parts for the MOST Autonomous Vessels (AV), the major innovator of autonomous drones. The company’s products have become so integral to research and belief additional of our oceans.”

01daf13a-fa3b-4829-9882-572f150392c1Ogle has worked with MOST AV preceding on other projects, but this, according to Dan Alldis, Design Manager at MOST, was the biggest job they have worked on together. Ogle’s prices for 3D printing were discovered to be competitive for the task at hand, and the MOST AV team was impressed with their lineup of machines and tools.

“They have led the way in 3D printing for years, assembling a quite astounding portfolio,” said Alldis. “It created sense to work with the experienced team at Ogle for this project. We have an order going through for three additional parts since the completion of the bow and tail fins, and may not hesitate to work with them on next projects.”


Already in the water, drones such as the AutoNaut can undoubtedly alter many traditional methods for gathering data, aside of meteorology. Technology like this is a excellent example of how we are now able-bodied to perform exercises that just weren’t possible previously.

557a72ee-1649-49fb-8ae0-d09f4b914d3f (1)Just finishing a four-day trial of Plymouth, UK, carrying Met Office sensors, the AutoNaut has so far been a good results, testing the viability of this concept in attaining weather and forecasting data. This should prove to be a additional streamlined system, as well as additional low-cost-bodied. Not just that, with the use of 3D printed parts and prototypes, edits are simpler to manufacture to the create should they be required as development continues.

The Ogle team sees a bright next for the use of drones, offering a ‘priceless resource’ to numerous industries as they are manufactured in volume and utilized around the world for a multitude of tasks in gathering data, many of that may have been previously not easy. Discuss additional in the 3D Printed Sea Drone forum over at 3DPB.com.

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