Auck­land de­sign agency helps launch game-chang­ing am­phibi­ous ve­hi­cle

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Auck­land-based Blen­der De­sign, has an­nounced the release of a ma­jor project col­lab­o­ra­tion for Sealegs new am­phibi­ous mil­pro craft.

The new Sealegs prod­uct is a large for­mat Am­phibi­ous En­able­ment Sys­tem (AES) for boats up to 12m me­tres or 6500kg. Called Sealegs Sys­tem 100, the new sys­tem is de­signed specif­i­cally with the mil­i­tary and pro­fes­sional (mil­pro) mar­kets in mind, be­ing three times larger than the ex­ist­ing Sealegs offering. The new am­phibi­ous en­able­ment sys­tem ( Sys­tem 100) has been f it­ted to a RC36 11m craft from US boat builder Recon­Craft, a Sealegs OEM part­ner.

Blen­der was bought into the project in late 2013 when Sealegs ap­proached them to com­plete some ini­tial con­cept ren­der­ings and ba­sic spec­i­fi­ca­tion draw­ings.

Sealegs worked with engi­neer­ing spe­cial­ists, hy­draulic en­gi­neers, naval ar­chi­tects and its own in-house team to work on the new larger am­phibi­ous sys­tem. Blen­der worked along­side th­ese par­ties and with US-based Recon­Craft boats to re­fine the vis­ual and f unc­tional de­sign from the early con­cept and started adding engi­neer­ing de­tails. de­cent pay. The fact we’re not train­ing enough peo­ple in this area goes right back to sec­ondary school. Stu­dents need to take the right sub­jects like maths and physics in or­der to be able to move into an engi­neer­ing diploma or de­gree and it’s much bet­ter if they can understand the rel­e­vance of th­ese sub­jects to jobs like engi­neer­ing. This pro­gramme aims to ad­dress this.”

Fraser High School prin­ci­pal Vir­ginia Craw­ford said that cre­at­ing pur­pose and con­text in learn­ing with a clearer line of sight be­tween what a stu­dent learns at school and how it is con­nected to the engi­neer­ing vo­ca­tion is a game changer, while Fair­field Col­lege prin­ci­pal, Richard Craw­ford said the pro­gramme will con­nect his stu­dents to an engi­neer­ing path­way that of­fers sig­nif­i­cant ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“Next year will not be the fi­nal year of sec­ondary school for th­ese stu­dents, he said, “but the first year of a three-year pro­gramme that places them in the strong­est pos­si­ble po­si­tion to achieve the New Zealand Diploma in Engi­neer­ing in 2018.”

The re­sults of the pi­lot pro­gramme will be eval­u­ated at the end of 2017, with the aim of in­creas­ing the num­ber of par­tic­i­pat­ing schools and stu­dents in 2018.

Blen­der was largely re­spon­si­ble for the over­all vis­ual im­pact de­sign, as well as er­gonomic and func­tional as­pects work­ing to­gether with the other key col­lab­o­ra­tors. This in­cluded the deck­ing lay­out, dash­board, cock­pit, cabin, seat­ing, f loor­ing, as well as ac­ces­sories. The larger vis­ual and func­tional el­e­ments in­cluded the de­sign of the Hy­draulic Fold­ing Radar Arch which holds all the elec­tronic com­mu­ni­ca­tions equip­ment and lights, along with the Hy­draulic Re­tractable Board­ing Lad­der, both of which de­ploy at the push of a but­ton and add highly func­tional ca­pa­bil­i­ties and of course sub­stan­tial ‘wow’ fac­tor. Th­ese larger items were de­sign projects in them­selves and pre­sented var­i­ous tech­ni­cal chal­lenges which had to be over­come.

Dur­ing the pro­to­type con­struc­tion and as­sem­bly process Blen­der was re­spon­si­ble for in­cor­po­rat­ing var­i­ous el­e­ments of the de­sign, as well as pro­vid­ing var­i­ous sup­port­ing ma­te­ri­als for man­u­fac­ture and mar­ket­ing pur­poses, in­clud­ing as­sem­bly draw­ings, brochures, f ly­ers, 3D ren­ders and an­i­ma­tions.

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