Digital Trends has picked up on a fascinating new device created by a 21-year-old. Archie O’Brien originally developed his 3D printed underwater jetpack for a Product Design class at Loughborough University in the UK.
The idea for such an ingenious device came to O’Brien “when he saw a promotional video for the SEABOB, a handheld aqua scooter that is half jet-ski and half…foam float.” Unfortunately, this aqua scooter costs $17,000 – which is hardly in a student’s budget. So, O’Brien turned to 3D printing. He may not be able to afford a SEABOB, but he could make one on his own!
First, O’Brien got to researching. Then he got in touch with 3D Hubs, which is a “manufacturing platform providing affordable and fast 3D printing, CNC machining and injection-molding services. He studied the design of high-end cars made by Lamborghini, McLaren, and Aston Martin.” Obviously, his interest in aesthetics has really paid off.
Speaking of his 3D printed underwater jetpack, O’Brien says: “I want this to be something so cool that you’re wearing it when you’re not even using it. [I want you to] feel like James Bond.” Evidently, O’Brien wants to start dressing like James Bond as well, because he wants to sell his ‘CUDA’ jetpack soon: “By this time next year, I’m planning on having the production model…I plan to get sponsored by GoPro and Red Bull. The idea is to be able to produce this one, get enough funding to reinvest it into the company, and try and make a much cheaper model. 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.”
Hopefully, the almost exclusively 3D printed CUDA jetpack will reach its targeted Q2 2019 date for first production models.
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