3D Printing Goes Underwater with the Watersports Scooter

What Large-Format 3D Printers Can Do

Amazea is the name of JAMADE’s underwater scooter that pulls a rider or diver through seawater. It is shaped like a dolphin, mimicking its gliding capability. The device is environmentally friendly, emission-free and low-noise for underwater exploration – coupled with swift fluid motion. What is remarkable is that 75 percent of the scooter is additively manufactured. It was first revealed at boot Duesseldorf, the international water sports trade and boat show in Germany. JAMADE is an e-mobility tech company based in Germany while BigRep, the manufacturer of Amazea, is a developer of the world’s largest serial production 3D printers, creating the industry benchmark for large-format additive manufacturing.

The Amazea weighs only 25 kg and has a user-friendly control panel. Its electric BI motor drive is powered by two engines, each 3.1 KW each, and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery set up in the scooter’s front. The device can be operated at a depth of 18 meters. Maximum speed is 20 km/h underwater, or 30 km/h gliding above the water.

JAMADE uses BigRep’s Pro HT filament as it is suitable for marine environments with a softening resistance up to 115 °C, which offers a significant increase in temperature resistance, as well as minimal warping and shrinkage. Pro HT also matches the environmentally friendly concept of the product for the filament is CO2 neutral and biodegradable under the correct conditions. In addition, the large-format printing ensures the scooter’s water-resistance, considering that if it was assembled using several smaller parts, openings would be a potential risk for leaks.

BigRep is proud of this scooter as it showcases their digital solutions empowering production by leveraging the full potential of large-format 3D printers with high-performance filaments. High flexibility, speed, time and cost efficiency, and operational reliability are advantages offered by BigRep ONE 3D printer. Also, 3D printing allows further customization, like changes in size or shapes, as well as customer feedback or requests, are able to go straight into the product. For the first year, a three-digit number of AMAZEA scooters are scheduled to be additively manufactured. The price of the scooter is EUR 7950.

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