Introduction: Seafox ROV Submersible Retrofit

Picture of Seafox ROV Submersible Retrofit

(This instructable will be almost entirely pictures so click on the pencil on them)The Seafox worked well in it's original configuration but it was underpowered using the Standard Bilge Pumps with the way I had them wired so I've decided to Retrofit it with some new upgrades. I could have just used thicker gauge power wires for the pumps and that would have made a vast improvement but I decided to upgrade the pumps to run propellers for optimal thrust.
I'm also going to be using the Seafox as a test bed to finalize my software and try out some new features I will be using on the new Rov I am designing. The main thing I wanted to test out was the Camera, Manipulator, and Auxiliary Lighting pivoting on the same mount, I also wanted to add a digital compass for navigation. I've also went into a little more detail of how I did things that were never shown on the original Seafox Pages. I do need to fix a few issues, I am still working on the lighting, and I need to fix some buoyancy issues with the Tether as the pipe insulation just doesn't work. I also plan on adding one more Vertical Thruster, because the boat propellers are not very efficient in reverse so surfacing is slow and there is not enough thrust to lift objects from the bottom.Everything else worked great in the few dives I have done so far. I still may add more detail as I get farther into testing but if there is anything you would like to know that I haven't shown yet just e-mail me and I will try to explain things. I find that images are better at teaching than words.

Step 1: The Frame

Picture of The Frame

Step 2: The Robo Arm or Manipulator and Camera Assembaly

Picture of The Robo Arm or Manipulator and Camera Assembaly

Step 3: Substep: Sealing It Up

Picture of Substep: Sealing It Up

Step 4: Another Substep: the Assembly for the Thing That Will Make the Arm Go Up and Down

Picture of Another Substep: the Assembly for the Thing That Will Make the Arm Go Up and Down

Step 5: The Thrusters, Conversion to Propultion

Picture of The Thrusters, Conversion to Propultion

Step 6: Thrusters, Fitting Them Onto the Frame and Stuff

Picture of Thrusters, Fitting Them Onto the Frame and Stuff

Step 7: Making the Tether

Picture of Making the Tether

Step 8: Substep: Making Floatation

Step 9: Seafox Control Box

Picture of Seafox Control Box

Step 10: Navigation

Picture of Navigation

Step 11: Lighting

Picture of Lighting

Comments

Mjtrinihobby (author)2016-04-18

you got my votes!

AITplanet5 (author)2016-04-11

it's NICE inventor

bugcatcherjake (author)2016-04-06

I have absolutely no way to use this right now, but I want it.

then how about you find a use for it like make it an amphibious vehicle be a minion to clean up your room, hell if i know you kould turn it into anything, you just have to have GRIT

Alex 2Q (author)2016-04-06

Hi Stephen,

I think this is a really great project! I would like to suggest you break this down into more steps. Use 3-5 pictures max per step with some explanations about what the individual work step is about. That way you could increase your chances of getting featured by the editors and create more exposure for your project!

On a side note your username very closely resembles that of a popular YouTube channel and there might be some who would question this. Why not stick to Homebuild ROVs?

Cheers Alex

well :#1) I do not want to stick to rovs because it was kind of an assignment that I had and it was very hard, it was fun to do, but I wouldn't prefer to do it again

#2) as the name kind of states I was intending to do woodworking almost exclusively, this one was just something that I thought to share with the possibility of winning some stuff before I was late on in the project

#3)When I have the time and all of my homework is out of my hair I will be editing this instructable(assuming I remember)

#4) I WILL be publishing many more instructables when summer break hits, also ,any lathe workers out there might want to post tabs on this channel because I will be publishing an instructable on o homemade wood lathe steady rest for small spindles

#5)thank you for helping me with my first instructable!

well :#1) I do not want to stick to rovs because it was kind of an assignment that I had and it was very hard, it was fun to do, but I wouldn't prefer to do it again

#2) as the name kind of states I was intending to do woodworking almost exclusively, this one was just something that I thought to share with the possibility of winning some stuff before I was late on in the project

#3)When I have the time and all of my homework is out of my hair I will be editing this instructable(assuming I remember)

#4) I WILL be publishing many more instructables when summer break hits, also ,any lathe workers out there might want to post tabs on this channel because I will be publishing an instructable on o homemade wood lathe steady rest for small spindles

#5)thank you for helping me with my first instructable!

sorry,when I in the text "my website" that was an autocorrection. I ment to say *this website*

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