Embry-Riddle RobotX Challenge Submarine Rises to the Challenge

Students at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), wanted the best of everything when it came to the submarine they entered in the Maritime RobotX Challenge, off Sand Island, Hawaii. Team Minion, with members from 11th grade students to Ph.D. candidates in software, electrical and mechanical engineering, wanted “more than a hull with okay shape and okay structure,” said Chris Hockley, Ph.D. candidate. What they wanted was a streamlined and watertight vessel. And, of course, they wanted to win the international competition.

Team Minion’s entry in the RobotX Challenge

Team Minion’s entry in the RobotX Challenge.

“Some of the mounting geometries on the submarine are very difficult. We could not have designed a solution with subtractive technologies. 3D printing was the only technology that could provide a solution.”

Dr. Eric Coyle, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University