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videoConstructing a SeaPerch

Below are a series of instructional videos that provide hands-on demonstrations of how to construct a SeaPerch.

Instructor: Chris Hansen, SeaPerch Technical Director

Resources Needed:

seaperch SeaPerch Kit

manual SeaPearch Construction Manual - 2011-02S (PDF 3.3 MB)

SeaPerch Basics

Description: Chris Hansen, SeaPerch Technical Director, walks you through the tools utilized in buliding a SeaPerch.

TIP
: These videos are helpful to anyone who has never used power tools and soldering irons. If you have some knowledge and skills in this area, you can move on to Unit 1.

Title Time Download (MAC) Download (PC)
SeaPerch Basic Modules 1 Intro 00:26 .MOV (62.8 MB) .MP4 (9.1 MB)
Measuring PVC Pipe 01:05 .MOV (26.3 MB) .MP4 (24.2 MB)
Drilling PVC Pipe 03:59 .MOV (94.9 MB) .MP4 (94.1 MB)
Cutting the PVC 01:03 .MOV (25 MB) .MP4 (24.4 MB)
Cutting the Wire 01:02 .MOV (24.8 MB) .MP4 (24 MB)
Soldering 03:49 .MOV (90.5 MB) .MP4 (87.7 MB)

 

Unit 1: Assembly of the Vehicle Frame

frame
Description:
Chris Hansen, SeaPerch Technical Director, with Fiona Redman and Gwen Gray will walk you through the entire process of how to build a SeaPerch frame.

After successfully completing this unit, you will have built and assembled the ROV frame

TIP: These videos cover pages 2 - 6 of the SeaPerch Construction Manual.

Title Time Download (MAC) Download (PC)
Unit 1.1: Cutting the PVC 02:38 .MOV (62.8 MB) .MP4 (62.5 MB)
Unit 1.2: Drilling the PVC 02:13 .MOV (53.3 MB) .MP4 (52.9 MB)
Unit 1.3: Assembling the SeaPerch 03:39 .MOV (87.6 MB) .MP4 (87.1 MB)

Tools Needed
  • Eye Protection (Always Worn)
  • Ruler and Pencil (or Marker)
  • PVC Pipe Cutter (or Saw)
  • Wire-Cutting Pliers (Flush-Cutting Type Preferred)
  • Electric Hand Drill
  • 1/4" Drill Bit
  • 3/32" Drill Bit
  • Table Vice

Materials Needed

  • 72" (1.8 m) 1/2" PVC Pipe (Or Six, one foot. Lengths)
  • 10 1/2" PVC Elbows
  • 4 1/2" PVC Tees
  • 2 Floats
  • 1 12" x 6.5" (31 x 17 cm) Payload Net
  • 8 6" Tie Wraps (small black)

 

Unit 2: Motors, Control Box and Testing

Image of Chris Hansen showing Gwen how to balance the SeaPerchDescription: Chris Hansen, SeaPerch Technical Director, with Fiona Redman and Gwen Gray will walk you through completing your SeaPerch build.

In this unit, you will waterproof the motors using wax, install propellers, waterproof the tether cable and mount the thrusters onto the frame. You will also build the ROV's control box by mounting electrical components on a printed circuit board, assembling and connecting the power cord, and mounting the circuit board in the plastic control box. Finally you will balance your SeaPerch.

TIP: These videos cover Unit 2 and Unit 3 of the SeaPerch Construction Manual (pages 7 - 25.)

Title Time Download (MAC) Download (PC)
Unit 2.1 Taping the Motor 06:50 .MOV (164 MB) .MP4 (164 MB)
Unit 2.2: Drilling Holes in the Film Canisters 01:41 .MOV (39.7 MB) .MP4 (39.7 MB)
Unit 2.3: Connecting the Cable Tether Wires 04:33 .MOV (109.3 MB) .MP4 (107 MB)
Unit 2.4: Waterproofing the Motors 06:02 .MOV (144.5 MB) .MP4 (144.5 MB)
Unit 2.5: Attaching the Propellers 07:45 .MOV (185.7 MB) .MP4 (185.6 MB)
Unit 2.6: Building the Control Boxes 17:05 .MOV (408.4 MB) .MP4 (408.3 MB)
Unit 2. 7: Testing the Motors 01:08 .MOV (27.3 MB) .MP4 (27.3 MB)
Unit 2.8: Attaching the Motors 10:57 .MOV (263.2 MB) .MP4 (263.1 MB)
Unit 2.9: Mounting Tether Cable 04:44 .MOV (113.7 MB) .MP4 (113.7 MB)
Unit 2.10: Balancing the SeaPerch 06:09 .MOV (146.6 MB) .MP4 (146.6 MB)

Tools Needed

  • ~50" (15 m) CAT 5 Tether Cable with RJ-45 Connector Installed on One End
  • 3 35 mm Film Canisters, with Caps
  • 3 12-Volt DC Motors
  • 3 Propellers
  • 3 4-40 Threaded Propeller Shaft Couplers
  • 3 4-40 Tee Nuts
  • 3 4-40 Lock Nuts
  • 1 Super Glue
  • 1/3 Wax Bowl Ring
  • 1/2" Butyl Rubber Tape
  • 1 12-Volt Battery
  • 5 6" (15 cm) Tie Wraps (small black)
  • 6 11" Heavy-Duty Tie Wraps (large Blue)
  • Alcohol Pads
  • Paper Towels
  • Electrical Tape

  • ROV Frame with Thrusters and Tether Cable Installed
  • 1 Pre-Drilled Control Box with Lid and Screws (Black)
  • 1 Printed Circuit Board (PCB)
  • 4 PCB Mounting Screws (Silver)
  • 6 (~2 m) #18 Speaker Wire (Or Lamp Cord)
  • 2 Alligator Clips (With Red and Black Covers)
  • 1 Fuse Socket
  • 1 6.3 Amp Fuse
  • 1 12-Volt Battery
  • 2 Double-Pole, Double-Throw (DPDT) Toggle Switches
  • 2 Single-Pole, Double-Throw (SPDT) Pushbutton Switches
  • 1 Type RJ45 CAT-5 Modular Connector Jack