This 21YearOld 3D Printed a Working Underwater Jetpack

first_img U.S. Scientists 3D Print Miniature Human HeartGeek Pick: Juku 3Doodler Create+ Is A 3D Printing Pen Set Most people leave college with a diploma and a dream. Archie O’Brien is not most people.As a product design student at Loughborough University—and a self-proclaimed adrenalin junkie—O’Brien dreamt of flying weightlessly through water.But, discouraged by the cost and capability of existing underwater jet drives, he took matters into his own hands.Enter CUDA.The 3D-printed alternative is worn like a backpack, offering users a hands-free experience “of ultimate freedom, whether it be gliding through the converging tectonic plates in the crystal-clear waters of Iceland, or off the coast of Bora Bora, being accepted into a pod of wild dolphins,” according to O’Brien.Inspired by a love for exploration and nature, the recent graduate buried himself in research, design, and construction, creating a predominantly 3D-printed prototype.“I want this to be something so cool that you’re wearing it when you’re not even using it,” O’Brien told Digital Trends. “You feel like James Bond.”CUDA is made of roughly 45 printed parts—including a hand-held trigger that controls speed—and can be assembled in fewer than 10 minutes. Rechargeable batteries promise quick replacement and continuous use in remote locations.What began as a student project only a year ago is expected to go into production in 2019; possible future applications include water rescue, videography, and commercial use.3D-printed CUDA is worn like a backpack (via 3D Hubs)O’Brien hopes to sell his device for an as-yet-unconfirmed price of about $6,000.“By this time next year, I’m planning on having the production model. I’ll be going around doing promo videos around the world,” he said, vying for sponsorships from GoPro and Red Bull.“The idea is to be able to produce this one, get enough funding to reinvest it in the company, and try and make a much cheaper model,” Digital Trends reported. “That’s almost working it like Tesla did, with something that really grabs people’s attention, and then bringing that price down to something people can afford more.”Oh, honey, you might not want to base your life goals on this guy…Already well on his way to becoming the Elon Musk of watersports propulsion, O’Brien is just getting started.“I’ve got many more ideas I’m not working on at the moment, but I’ve got draft drawings [to] expand this brand,” he told Digital Trends. “I’ve got a very clear vision of where this can go. The plan is to be the market leader.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more