San Diego City Robotics’ primary objective is to develop our members’ engineering, leadership, collaboration, and communication skills through the development of an autonomous underwater submarine. Our main focus was to develop a low-cost platform that allows new two-year students to understand and contribute to the project quickly.
The mechanical design started with the choice between an all new custom fabricated chassis or modifying a previously used custom chassis. To keep costs to a minimum, we chose to modify the existing chassis we had. The high-density polyethylene (HDPE) side panels were flipped and new holes were cut to allow optimal water flow for the thrusters.