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Making the ROV frame The ROV frame is the body or chassis of the ROV that
Making the
ROV frame
The ROV frame is the body or chassis of the ROV that holds the thruster
motors and propellers and the buoyancy tanks.
Two people can make the frame in two halves and then join them together
ready for the rest of the ROV.
1.
Find the ROV frame kit:
10 x 21 mm tubes
2 x black
rubber caps
4
x 44 mm tubes
2
x 60 mm tubes
2
x 95 mm tubes
14 x Tee joiners
4 x 120 mm tubes

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  • 1. Note: making the frame involves pushing the tubes onto the joiners. It may help to warm the tubes in water or between your hands to soften them and to use something hard like a spoon or coin to press the pieces together.

1. Note: making the frame involves pushing the tubes onto the joiners. It may help to
1. Note: making the frame involves pushing the tubes onto the joiners. It may help to
  • 2. Select four Tee joiners and the 8 shortest tubes (21 mm)

  • 3. Make four side struts like this.

1. Note: making the frame involves pushing the tubes onto the joiners. It may help to
1. Note: making the frame involves pushing the tubes onto the joiners. It may help to
  • 4. Take the two vertical struts (60 mm) and make two “H” pieces.

  • 5. Take eight more Tee joiners to go with the two “H” pieces.

1. Note: making the frame involves pushing the tubes onto the joiners. It may help to
1. Note: making the frame involves pushing the tubes onto the joiners. It may help to
  • 6. Push the Tee joiners in and twist them all the same way so they are like table legs.

  • 7. Take the four longest pieces (120 mm).

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  • 8. Carefully ease the pieces into “C” shapes by bending them between your fingers little by little along their length so they do not kink. Take your time. Warming the tubes helps.

8. Carefully ease the pieces into “C” shapes by bending them between your fingers little by
8. Carefully ease the pieces into “C” shapes by bending them between your fingers little by
  • 9. Push the “C” shapes on to the two “H” shapes to make them into “D”s.

  • 10. Do the same to the other feet of the “H” to make two ovals.

8. Carefully ease the pieces into “C” shapes by bending them between your fingers little by
8. Carefully ease the pieces into “C” shapes by bending them between your fingers little by

11.

You now have two side frames.

  • 12. Take the four 44 mm and two 25 mm pieces to make two Tees as shown.

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13. Attach the two Tees to one side frame. 14. Take the last two tubes (95
13. Attach the two Tees to one side frame. 14. Take the last two tubes (95
  • 13. Attach the two Tees to one side frame.

  • 14. Take the last two tubes (95 mm) and attach them to the other side frame.

13. Attach the two Tees to one side frame. 14. Take the last two tubes (95
13. Attach the two Tees to one side frame. 14. Take the last two tubes (95
  • 15. Join the 2 halves together and gently straighten any slight bends or curves.

  • 16. The basic frame is finished! The Tees are at the bottom. They are used to hang ballast weights on and the rubber caps keep the weights in place.

When the other members of the team have finished their parts the ROV can be assembled.

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© G Dunbar, J Still, T McKay, S Allardyce 2003-2007

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