RS DesignSpark documentary showcases 10km journey for autonomous model boat
RS Components (RS), a trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE: ECM), a global omni-channel solutions partner for industrial customers and suppliers, has released a 10-episode documentary series – titled SeaQuest – featuring members of its DesignSpark engineering community who embarked on a first-of-its-kind challenge to design, test and build a self-guided, 3D-printed model boat and send it on an ocean adventure. The challenge, which was initiated back in the spring of 2018, set the goal of fulfilling RS’ ambition to achieve a world record for the greatest distance travelled by a 3D printed autonomous model boat.
After many months of prototyping, in September 2019 the boat was ready to set out on its journey. Pete Wood, Head of Partnerships at DesignSpark, explained: “This project has been all about demonstrating innovation and inspiration within technology and engineering, and we’re delighted with how our 3D-printed boat design turned out. The entire journey has been a real labour of love on the part of everyone involved, which has aroused a spirited determination to develop a vessel capable of setting a world record.
The SeaQuest mission is featured on the RS landing page, and tells the story of how the team designed and tested the boat.
Pete concluded: “As an organisation committed to inspiring the next generation of engineers, we believe it’s important to spearhead initiatives such as SeaQuest, involving engineers and the maker community, to celebrate engineering talent and inspire young people in this exciting area.”
The SeaQuest documentary series is available to watch on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqnIaXrARxXFRLsU2SJsJbinsm5iSUea2, released in short weekly episodes from Wednesday 7 October 2020. The final episode will reveal whether the team achieved the world record it set out to fulfil.
The ten part series features Gary Fletcher as the principal engineer.