AMAZEA, an underwater scooter designed thanks to large format 3D printing
The company JAMADE Germany recently presented a brand new concept for underwater riding: AMAZEA is an underwater scooter where 75% of parts have been 3D printed. Designed on a BigRep large format 3D printer, the device allows you to explore the marine ecosystem without too much effort since you just have to grab the handles of AMAZEA and let yourself be guided. One more gadget, but one that shows that large format 3D printing has a bright future ahead.
It must be said that there aren’t many large format 3D printed products on the market today. The Olli minibus comes to mind: 80% of its parts are 3D printed, which allows unlimited customization of the vehicle. It is currently on the road in several campuses and health institutions. Other projects are worth mentioning, such as the University of Maine’s boat, even though it is not for sale. The underwater scooter joins the party, presented for the first time at Boot Düsseldorf, the world’s largest boat show!
AMAZEA’s manufacturing process
The body and front parts of the jet ski were produced on three BigRep ONE large format 3D printers – remember that the manufacturing volume is one cubic meter. The technical material Pro HT was preferred, especially due to its temperature resistance and low shrinkage. Developed by BigRep, it is a material derived from organic compounds, biodegradable under the right conditions and therefore more environmentally friendly compared to other thermoplastics on the market. Janko Duch, Managing Partner of JAMADE, adds: “We opted for BigRep ONE because of its profitability, precision and quality compared to the extremely high investment required for traditional tools, especially in the first year when the quantity is lower“. In addition to the cost advantages and reduced lead times, 3D printing allows the German manufacturer to offer a product that can be customised in terms of colour and size.
In terms of performance, AMAZEA is equipped with a BI electric motor powered by two motors and a rechargeable battery at the front of the scooter. It can reach 20 km/h underwater and 10 more on the water, and go down to a depth of 18 meters. Without the battery, the scooter weighs 25 kilos, making travel smoother and easier. It is also equipped with GPS to easily track its position in real time on the dedicated application. Finally, thanks to the additive large-format manufacturing, AMAZEA is perfectly waterproof: by manufacturing it in one go, the company is freed from the constraints of assembly and therefore from the risk of leakage.
The price was not communicated by JAMADE. If you are tempted to swim like a dolphin and explore the seas, go to the manufacturer’s website to find out more! Let us know in a comment below what you think of the AMAZEA scooters or on our Facebook and Twitter pages! Don’t forget to sign up for our free weekly Newsletter, with all the latest news in 3D printing delivered straight to your inbox!