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

19 Awesome Lego Movie 2 Sets Arrive This December

first_img The New Lego UCS Imperial Star Destroyer Is Nearly Four Feet LongLego Makes Building Sets Accessible to the Blind Stay on target Emmet Brickowski is back! The trailer for the Lego Movie 2 yesterday, and if you thought Lego would have a bunch of cool new sets to go along with the sequel… well, you thought right!Lego revealed the full lineup this week. They’ve got 19 sets in total and they’re due to arrive next month. You’ll be able to pick them up at your favorite shop on December 26.The new releases are every bit as imaginative and fun as the originals were. This time around Lego worked in a few Friends elements, a full Duplo sets for the wee ones, and a pair of multi-model builders kits.While there’s nothing that matches the epic scale of Metalbeard’s Sea Cow, there are two big builds in this batch. One is the 1,024 piece Pop-Up Party Bus which sells for $79.99. The biggest is Rex Dangervest’s Rexplorer — with 1187 pieces and a price tag of $99.99.Lego is also letting its fans do more than just build and play with the creations they’ll see in the The Lego Movie 2. One of the new sets actually lets you film your very own scenes!The Lego Movie Maker will sell for $49.99 and it comes with just about everything you need to record your own stop motion animation. It includes a pair of backdrops, Emmet, Lucy and Rex Dangervest minifigs, Unikitty, vehicles, a stage.All you need to add is a smartphone to snap the stills. The Movie Maker kit even includes a buildable stand that will hold it steady for you.If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, it’s well worth watching. The Lego Movie 2 promises to be every bit as much fun as the first installment. Once you’re in a master builder state of mind, check out the rest of the sets that are heading your way next month!View as: One Page Slides1/381. 10895 Emmet and Lucy’s Visitors from the DUPLO® Planet53 pieces, $29.99 SRP2. 10895 Emmet and Lucy’s Visitors from the DUPLO® Planet3. 70820 LEGO Movie Maker482 pieces, $49.99 SRP4. 70820 LEGO Movie Maker5. 70821 Emmet and Benny’s ‘Build and Fix Workshop’117 pieces, $19.99 SRP6. 70821 Emmet and Benny’s ‘Build and Fix Workshop’7. 70822 Unikitty’s Sweetest Friends EVER!76 pieces, $9.99 SRP8. 70822 Unikitty’s Sweetest Friends EVER!9. 70827 Ultrakatty and Warrior Lucy!383 pieces, $29.99 SRP10. 70827 Ultrakatty and Warrior Lucy!11. 70826 Rex’s Rextreme Offroader230 pieces, $29.99 SRP12. 70826 Rex’s Rextreme Offroader13. 70825 Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi’s Build Whatever Box!455 pieces, $39.99 SRP14. 70825 Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi’s Build Whatever Box!15. 70824 Introducing Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi115 pieces, $9.99 SRP16. 70824 Introducing Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi17. 70823 Emmet’s Thricycle!173 pieces, $9.99 SRP18. 70823 Emmet’s Thricycle!19. 70828 Pop-Up Party Bus1013 pieces, $79.9920. 70828 Pop-Up Party Bus21. 70829 Emmet and Lucy’s Escape Buggy549 pieces, $49.9922. 70829 Emmet and Lucy’s Escape Buggy23. 70830 Sweet Mayhem’s Systar Starship500 pieces, $69.99 SRP24. 70830 Sweet Mayhem’s Systar Starship25. 70831 Emmet’s Dream House/Rescue Rocket706 pieces, $69.99 SRP26. 70831 Emmet’s Dream House/Rescue Rocket27. 70832 Emmet’s Builder Box125 pieces, $29.99 SRP28. 70832 Emmet’s Builder Box29. 70841 Benny’s Space Squad68 pieces, $9.99 SRP30. 70841 Benny’s Space Squad31. 70836 Battle-ready Batman and MetalBeard168 pieces, $19.9932. 70836 Battle-ready Batman and MetalBeard33. 70835 Rex’s Rexplorer1172 pieces, $119.99 SRP34. 70835 Rex’s Rexplorer35. 70834 MetalBeard’s Heavy Metal Motor Trike458 pieces, $59.99 SRP36. 70834 MetalBeard’s Heavy Metal Motor Trike37. 70833 Lucy’s Builder Box141 pieces, $29.99 SRP38. 70833 Lucy’s Builder Boxlast_img read more