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Two years ago, we launched the T100 Thruster for marine robotics. Today we commemorate that with a Make/100 limited edition thruster!
Two years ago, we launched the T100 Thruster for marine robotics. Today we commemorate that with a Make/100 limited edition thruster!
26 backers pledged $9,101 to help bring this project to life.

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Just over two years ago, out of a garage in Redondo Beach, California, we launched a Kickstarter campaign for an innovative underwater thruster - the T100. Thanks to over 350 awesome backers, that project became a reality and Blue Robotics was born.

Since then, we've put everything we've got into designing the most innovative and accessible components and systems for marine robotics. We've reached thousands of people around the world, supported hundreds of schools and research projects, and launched our own complete vehicle, the BlueROV2.

As a company, we always strive to be open and transparent, putting our customers first and sharing as much information as we can about our products. With the Make/100 Edition Thruster, we're taking that transparency to a new, literal, level. 

The prototype Make/100 Edition Thruster next to a standard T200 Thruster!
The prototype Make/100 Edition Thruster next to a standard T200 Thruster!

The Make/100 Edition Thruster is a completely clear version of the T200 Thruster, perfect for showing off to curious minds, learning about engineering and design, and for making some unique looking underwater projects! We will only ever make 100 sets of these thrusters and this campaign is limited to 100 backers!

We'll donate 50 thrusters to the MATE Center, which sponsors ROV competitions around the globe.
We'll donate 50 thrusters to the MATE Center, which sponsors ROV competitions around the globe.

 

In our continuing effort to support STEM programs and the overall education of marine robotics, as part of this campaign we'll be donating 50 thrusters (not clear ones) to the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center to be distributed to schools that are in need of financial support for their programs.

The thruster was originally launched in 2014 through a Kickstarter campaign and supported by Proto Labs through the Cool Idea! Award.

Our mission has always revolved around education and learning. Our products, including thrusters, support hundreds of STEM programs, MATE ROV competition teams, and more. Beyond educational programs, it's really important to us that all of our users and fans can understand how our products work so they can take full advantage of them. We strive to make our product designs easy to use and flexible enough to promote creative uses. Here are just a handful of projects using the T200 Thruster.

Just a few projects where our thrusters and components have been used!
Just a few projects where our thrusters and components have been used!

We love talking to those who use our thrusters and we often visit schools, competitions, and trade shows to meet those people first-hand. We always get asked, "how do the thrusters work?" and "what's inside?" - we've always thought that a clear thruster would be an awesome tool to answer those questions. So, when were invited by Kickstarter to participate in the Make/100 initiative, we knew exactly what we wanted to do!

Whether you're a student, educator, hobbyist, or just a marine robotics enthusiast, the Make/100 Edition thruster is a unique tool for your next project.

We owe our initial success to the "kickstart" that we got on Kickstarter - it was the start of an incredible journey. Things have changed a lot since then! We've moved twice, grown our team, and launched many new products.

Thanks to your initial support on Kickstarter in 2014, we've grown out of a garage into a workshop/office and out of that one into a larger one!
Thanks to your initial support on Kickstarter in 2014, we've grown out of a garage into a workshop/office and out of that one into a larger one!

We're back on Kickstarter to raise the funding to make this project happen. Hopefully we're not the only ones excited about clear thrusters! The funding goal is set at $5,000 to cover the set-up costs and minimum order quantities required to make a batch of clear parts.

We're thrilled to be on Kickstarter again with a really cool and fun project! We hope that you'll join us as one of our 100 backers on this campaign.

The T200 thruster is basically a brushless electric motor, just like you’d find on an RC airplane or a quadcopter drone. But, it's purpose-built for use in the ocean and was designed specifically for use on marine robotic vehicles of all sorts. We've had customers use them on everything from ROVs to stand-up-paddle boards!

The Make/100 Edition Thruster is clear so you can see everything.
The Make/100 Edition Thruster is clear so you can see everything.

The T200 is made of high-strength, UV resistant polycarbonate plastic. The core of the motor is sealed with a protective coating and it uses high-performance plastic bushings in place of steel bearings that rust in saltwater. Everything that isn’t plastic is high-quality 316 stainless steel that doesn’t corrode.

A specially designed propeller and nozzle provides efficient, powerful thrust while active water-cooling keeps the motor cool. Water flows freely through all parts of the motor while it's running. That means it can go deep in the ocean and handle extreme pressures.

Key Features

  • Efficient brushless electric motor 
  • Compact design that fits in any project 
  • Strong and UV resistant clear polycarbonate plastic 
  • No enclosed pressure cavities to handle extreme pressures 
  • High-performance plastic bushings that don't corrode 
  • Comes with clockwise and counter-clockwise propellers to counter torque 
  • Rugged cable with clear urethane jacket

Performance

  • Thrust (forward): 5.1 kgf (11.2 lbf)
  • Thrust (reverse): 4.1 kgf (9.0 lbf)
  • Minimum Thrust: 0.01 kgf (0.02 lbf)

Electrical

  • Operating Voltage: 6-20 volts
  • Max Power: 350 Watts
  • Max Current: 25 Amps

Physical

  • Length: 113 mm (4.45 in) 
  • Nozzle Diameter: 100 mm (3.9 in) 
  • Propeller Diameter: 76 mm (3.0 in) 
  • Mounting Holes: 4 x M3 x 0.5 screws 
  • Electrical Cable Length: 1 m (39 in) 
  • Weight in Air: 344 g (0.76 lb) 
  • Weight in Water: 156 g (0.34 lb)

For all details, check out the T200 Thruster documentation page.

Each backer will receive two clear Make/100 Limited Edition T200 Thrusters. We will ship all of the thrusters by the beginning of March.  

As part of the campaign, 50 T100 thrusters will be donated to middle school and high school robotics teams through the MATE Center

To learn more about our mission, check out the video below! 

Thanks for visiting our campaign! We hope you'll consider backing us. If you're interested in marine robotics, please visit our website for more info!

Risks and challenges

Every project has risks, of course, but we think that the risks in this project are rather low. We've built thousands of thrusters and we have the process down to a science. The unique thing about these thrusters is the clear appearance - we'll be using the funding raised here to make special production runs of our injection molds with clear plastic as well as special runs of clear cable.

Fortunately, we're able to use nearly identical clear versions of the materials we always use for our thrusters, so the risks are pretty low. We expect the thrusters to perform well and last for a long time, just like our standard thrusters.

We've set the funding limit to help us cover the set-up costs and minimum order quantities required to make this happen.

If you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to reach out in the comment section or directly at info@bluerobotics.com.

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    EARLY BIRD Make/100 Edition Set

    EARLY BIRD Price: A set of two limited edition clear T200 Thrusters. Each thruster comes with two propellers, one for each direction. Free shipping anywhere in the world.

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    Make/100 Edition Set

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