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Guide 0 - Introduction

This is the introductory guide to the build of OpenROV version 2.7.

  • Author: OpenROV
  • Difficulty: Moderate

This guide will lead you through how the rest of the build guide will look and feel as well as some steps you should take before starting the build.

Edit Step 1 Introduction  ¶ 

Image 1/1: The assembly for OpenROV 2.7 is broken down into several discrete guides. At the beginning of every guide is a list of the tools needed and an estimation of the time that should be set aside for that step.

Edit Step 1 Introduction  ¶ 

  • On behalf of the OpenROV team and community, welcome aboard. You are about to embark on a fun and rewarding experience.

  • The assembly for OpenROV 2.7 is broken down into several discrete guides. At the beginning of every guide is a list of the tools needed and an estimation of the time that should be set aside for that step.

Edit Step 2 If You Need Help  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Clarifications or mistakes in the Dozuki build guide should be posted directly on that step's comments section. Image 2/2: Problems or issues with the hardware or software can be tackled on our [http://community.openrov.com/forum|forums|new_window=true]. Our [http://community.openrov.com/forum|forums|new_window=true] are the first line support and often the best repository for known issues and user-generated solutions.

Edit Step 2 If You Need Help  ¶ 

  • Don't hesitate to use the following resources if you run into trouble:

    • Clarifications or mistakes in the Dozuki build guide should be posted directly on that step's comments section.

    • Problems or issues with the hardware or software can be tackled on our forums. Our forums are the first line support and often the best repository for known issues and user-generated solutions.

    • If you have any other issues please contact us.

Edit Step 3 Name and Register Your OpenROV  ¶ 

Image 1/1: [https://docs.google.com/a/openrov.com/spreadsheet/viewform?usp=drive_web&formkey=dG5BcHBIZkF2NERtU0lsRlJLM29iS3c6MQ#gid=0|Fill out the Form to Register.|new_window=true]

Edit Step 3 Name and Register Your OpenROV  ¶ 

  • Registering your OpenROV ensures that your serial number is unique and associated with you and your adventures. Being part of this community is both fun and rewarding. We encourage you to reach out to other users in your area or that share similar interests.

  • Fill out the Form to Register.

Edit Step 4 Share Your Adventures on OpenExplorer  ¶ 

Image 1/3: It's easy to follow along with different expeditions and stay up to speed on the latest preparations, sightings or reports. While following, you can comment and interact with the expedition team. Image 2/3: [https://openexplorer.com/home|Join here!|new_window=true] Image 3/3: [https://openexplorer.com/home|Join here!|new_window=true]

Edit Step 4 Share Your Adventures on OpenExplorer  ¶ 

  • OpenExplorer is a digital field journal connecting you to an entire community of like-minded explorers.

  • It's easy to follow along with different expeditions and stay up to speed on the latest preparations, sightings or reports. While following, you can comment and interact with the expedition team.

  • Join here!

Edit Step 5 Required and Recommended Tools  ¶ 

Image 1/1: You will need a computer (a laptop works better in the field) with a USB, Ethernet port, and Wi-Fi. You will also need a computer that runs the latest version of Google Chrome. An internet connection is required for at least the install of Chrome and the update of the OpenROV software and firmware, but not to operate the ROV in the field.

Edit Step 5 Required and Recommended Tools  ¶ 

  • The OpenROV build doesn't require that you have your own workshop but it does need a few specific tools. The tools you will need for each guide are listed at the beginning of the guide. A list of all the tools you will need for all parts of the build and afterwards is provided at the beginning of this guide.

  • You will need a computer (a laptop works better in the field) with a USB, Ethernet port, and Wi-Fi. You will also need a computer that runs the latest version of Google Chrome. An internet connection is required for at least the install of Chrome and the update of the OpenROV software and firmware, but not to operate the ROV in the field.

  • Some of the tools have their own pages with additional information. If you are having trouble sourcing them, you can post comments and sourcing solutions there. Here's an example for Acrylic Cement.

Edit Step 6 Parts List  ¶ 

Image 1/1: [https://docs.google.com/a/openrov.com/presentation/d/1QC5NAXgTk2vQF_zO8c4H17mmQTdCREJ1suG43Dqs6kU/edit?usp=sharing|Follow the link to see a manifest of the parts included in the kit.|new_window=true]

Edit Step 6 Parts List  ¶ 

Edit Step 7  ¶ 

Image 1/1: The red OpenROV hat is an homage to great ocean explorers from the past and present. You can easily identify your fellow OpenROV'ers with this accessory. It's also a great way to keep your head warm.

Edit Step 7  ¶ 

  • What's with the red hat?

  • The red OpenROV hat is an homage to great ocean explorers from the past and present. You can easily identify your fellow OpenROV'ers with this accessory. It's also a great way to keep your head warm.

  • Take a picture of you on an awesome adventure wearing this hat and post it to twitter or facebook.

Edit Step 8 Batteries and Charging  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Our recommended batteries and chargers can be purchased from our [http://store.openrov.com/|webstore|new_window=true] but are dropped shipped and will arrive separately from your OpenROV kit. Image 2/3: Please use caution when dealing with Lithium batteries as they can be very dangerous. We strongly encourage you to read [http://www.batteryspace.com/warningsforusingbatteries.aspx|this safety bulletin from Batteryspace|new_window=true]. Image 3/3: It is important to charge your batteries correctly. If you are using our recommended batteries and charger from TrustFire (pictured), it MUST BE SET TO 3.0V.

Edit Step 8 Batteries and Charging  ¶ 

  • Now is a good time to talk about batteries and chargers. OpenROV 2.7 is designed to use size 26650 (26.5mm × 65.4mm) Lithium batteries.

  • Our recommended batteries and chargers can be purchased from our webstore but are dropped shipped and will arrive separately from your OpenROV kit.

  • Please use caution when dealing with Lithium batteries as they can be very dangerous. We strongly encourage you to read this safety bulletin from Batteryspace.

  • It is important to charge your batteries correctly. If you are using our recommended batteries and charger from TrustFire (pictured), it MUST BE SET TO 3.0V.

  • Go ahead and start charging your batteries so they will be ready for you when the build is complete.

Edit Step 9 Get Started!  ¶ 

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Edit Step 9 Get Started!  ¶ 

  • Continue your build by progressing to Guide 1.

You're Done!

2 Comments

I struggled to find Flowmix epoxy (In Europe) and a solution is to buy 5 ml syringes (2 USD for a pack of ten). You can put your epoxy in the syringe, mix it with a toothpick, then inject the epoxy as per a Flowmix version. I hope this helps someone else!

Wild Rover - Reply

Hey Wild R,

Thanks, this is actually very helpful. We have a hard time finding things in Europe sometimes. Can you post a link where one could buy these?

~Z

Zack -