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NinjaFlex 3D Print Withstands Multiple Underwater Scuba Tests

Application: Parametric knurled ring for underwater dials on electronics
Material used: NinjaFlex® 3D Printer Filament
Industry: Industrial Manufacturing

Jim Rouse and his team at Boudlo Forge Ltd in Guernsey, have created print samples to test in underwater atmospheres. Using NinjaFlex 3D printing filament, they created a simple parametric knurled ring that can be added to knobs on various underwater dials. This simple ring, when added to electronics such as camera rigs, aids diver manipulation with cold water gloves on.

The team conducted over 50 Scuba dives in saltwater at depths averaging 18 m and topping out at 40 m. The tests totaled 50 hours at an average pressure of just under 3 atmospheres with no deformities on the print.

Based on their findings, Jim’s team is confident that NinjaFlex offers a safe and effective solution for creating prints that withstand underwater environments. They recommend that prints avoid having any internal air spaces in the design, as these would most likely contract and expand during descent and ascent. Find out more about their work here.

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