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Pro Camera-HD Upgrade

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  • Author: OpenROV
  • Time estimate: 2 - 3 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate

These are the instructions for putting together your Pro Camera-HD Upgrade. You can purchase this product from our store.

Edit Step 1 Introduction  ¶ 

Image 1/1: There are '''different instructions''' for the v2.8 and the v2.7, v2.6, and v2.5, make sure to follow the appropriate ones.

Edit Step 1 Introduction  ¶ 

  • Please read through ALL instructions before starting the build.

    • There are different instructions for the v2.8 and the v2.7, v2.6, and v2.5, make sure to follow the appropriate ones.

    • The software is entirely new and accessing it is different from previous versions.

  • This product is in the experimental section of the store, and as such we appreciate all feedback on the design and operation in order to make it better. Please email support@openrov.com with any comments or questions.

Edit Step 3 Version Identification  ¶ 

Image 1/1: To tell what version you have first remove the electronics chassis from your ROV.

Edit Step 3 Version Identification  ¶ 

  • There are different instructions depending on what version of OpenROV you have.

  • To tell what version you have first remove the electronics chassis from your ROV.

  • Next look at the side panel of it:

    • If you panels are full circles, you have an OpenROV v2.8

    • If your panels are semi-circles, you have an OpenROV v2.7

    • If you panels are T-shaped, you have an OpenROV v2.6 or v2.5

Edit Step 4 Disassemble Current Electronics Chassis  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Remove the camera USB, light and laser wires, and servo wire.

Edit Step 4 Disassemble Current Electronics Chassis  ¶ 

  • You will need the controller board stack from your existing Electronics Chassis.

  • Remove the camera USB, light and laser wires, and servo wire.

  • Remove the 4 screws that hold the board onto the acrylic (save the screws and nuts).

  • Your final stack should look like the picture.

    • If you have an OpenROV v2.7, v2.6, v2.6 this connector will look different.

Edit Step 5 Acrylic Cement Introduction  ¶ 

Image 1/1: You may have some acrylic pieces that have some debris from the laser cutting process in the holes. They should come out easily pushing them through.

Edit Step 5 Acrylic Cement Introduction  ¶ 

  • You will find the acrylic pieces you need in both the 6mm and 3mm bags of acrylic.

  • You may have some acrylic pieces that have some debris from the laser cutting process in the holes. They should come out easily pushing them through.

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Image 1/1: A knife or your fingernails can be used to start removing the paper from a corner.

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  • Before starting each section make sure to remove the paper backing from the pieces used only in that section.

  • A knife or your fingernails can be used to start removing the paper from a corner.

  • Use caution when using sharp tools.

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Image 1/1: '''Before you start, watch this great video on [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hT6Ow_cBTps|how to use acrylic cement|new_window=true] from TAP Plastics.'''

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  • The cement is solvent based, meaning it is not sticky but as it cures it bonds like materials.

  • Before you start, watch this great video on how to use acrylic cement from TAP Plastics.

    • The best way to apply cement is to hold the syringe bottle upright (tip at the top) and squeeze out a bunch of air, so when you turn the syringe bottle upside-down (and don't squeeze the bottle), air will burble inward and not allow cement to flow out. When you're ready to apply cement, lightly squeeze the bottle to overcome the vacuum pressure.

    • Only a little cement is required to make a good bond. Use the capillary effect to apply cement to a joint and have the cement work its own way into the space.

    • The acrylic cement does drip and should be done over a surface that can get dirty. Paper towels work well for this.

  • When working with acrylic cement it is recommended that you wear gloves, safety glasses, and work in a ventilated area.

Edit Step 8 Lens Mount Acrylic Cement  ¶ 

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  • The 1.5mm piece of black acrylic is in a different bag.

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  • The piece with the smaller holes is on the bottom.

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Edit Step 15 v2.8 Camera Platform Acrylic Cement  ¶ 

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  • If you have a v2.7, v2.6, or v2.5 move to the appropriate section.

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  • Make sure it is flush in both directions.

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  • Make sure it is flush in both directions and at a right angle.

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Edit Step 21 v2.8 Electronics Chassis Back Acrylic Cement  ¶ 

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  • If you have a v2.7, v2.6, or v2.5 move to the appropriate section.

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  • The edge piece is pointing up.

  • The tab is on the outside.

  • The large opening is to the left.

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Image 1/1: The tab is also on the outside.

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  • The edge piece is pointing up.

  • The tab is also on the outside.

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  • This piece is on the same side as the semi-circle opening.

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Edit Step 29 v2.7, v2.6, v2.5 Camera Platform Acrylic Cement  ¶ 

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  • If you have a v2.8 move to the appropriate section.

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  • Make sure it is flush in both directions.

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  • Make sure it is flush in both directions and at a right angle.

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  • If you have a v2.8 move to the appropriate section.

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Image 1/1: The tab is on the outside.

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  • The edge piece is pointing up.

  • The tab is on the outside.

  • The large opening is to the left.

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Image 1/1: The tab is also on the outside.

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  • The edge piece is pointing up.

  • The tab is also on the outside.

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  • This piece is on the same side as the semi-circle opening.

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Image 1/1: Use caution when soldering electronic components. The temperatures are 500 degrees F and higher. Eye protection is required.

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  • Video (How to Solder Electronics)

  • Use caution when soldering electronic components. The temperatures are 500 degrees F and higher. Eye protection is required.

Edit Step 44 Light Board Soldering  ¶ 

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Image 1/1: The red wire is the +

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  • Make sure the wires are on the same side as the text labels.

    • The red wire is the +

    • The black wire is the -

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  • Repeat for the LASERS on the other side.

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Image 1/1: The blue/black wire is the negative wire and the red wire is the positive wire.

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  • There are three lasers in the kit. You will only use two of them.

  • The blue/black wire is the negative wire and the red wire is the positive wire.

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  • Repeat for the other laser.

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Edit Step 52 v2.8 Camera Mount Assembly  ¶ 

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  • If you have a v2.7, v2.6, or v2.5 move to the appropriate section.

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Image 1/1: Make sure the holes are at the top.

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  • Make sure the logo is upright.

  • Make sure the holes are at the top.

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  • Note the orientation of the camera standoffs.

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  • You will only use three screws.

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Image 1/1: These should be in the grooves on the lens mount.

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  • Place the other o-ring on the other side.

  • These should be in the grooves on the lens mount.

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Edit Step 64 v2.8 Electronics Final Assembly  ¶ 

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  • If you have a v2.7, v2.6, or v2.5 move to the appropriate section.

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Image 1/1: Make sure the camera is on the same side as the semi-circle.

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  • The red and black wires go through the middle hole.

  • Make sure the camera is on the same side as the semi-circle.

  • Make sure the Camera Mount Assembly is not upside down.

  • Make sure the opening is at the top.

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  • Do not tighten the nut all the way.

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  • Tighten this side so the camera platform stays on, but can still move up and down.

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  • Tighten the other side, but have it still loose enough the platform can still move up and down.

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  • Make sure to screw on the nut snugly to allow the camera mount to rotate up and down without much resistance.

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  • Make sure to screw on the nut snugly to allow the camera mount to rotate up and down without much resistance.

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  • Make sure you have slack in the camera wire.

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  • This is not enough camera wire slack.

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  • The servo should be flush.

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  • The wires should be going towards the same side as the vertical plate.

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  • The wires should be coming through this slot.

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  • Do not tighten so much that the board bends more than in this image.

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  • Make sure you have installed all 4 screws.

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  • Make sure your electronics board is not bending.

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  • Make sure black wire is oriented to the outside of the board.

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  • Check the labels on the light board and follow the red and black wires.

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Image 1/1: P1+ is the red wire connected to the lights.

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  • P1- is the black wire connected to the lights (see label on back of light board).

  • P1+ is the red wire connected to the lights.

  • P2- is the black wire connected to the lasers.

  • P2+ is the red wire connected to the lasers.

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Edit Step 94 v2.7, v2.6, v2.5 Camera Mount Assembly  ¶ 

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  • If you have a v2.8 move to the appropriate section.

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  • Make sure the logo is upright.

  • Make sure the holes are at the top.

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  • Note the orientation of the camera standoffs.

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  • You will only use three screws.

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  • These o-rings will hold the corrective lens.

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Image 1/1: These should be in the grooves on the lens mount.

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  • Place the other o-ring on the other side.

  • These should be in the grooves on the lens mount.

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  • If you have a v2.8 move to the appropriate section.

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Image 1/1: Make sure the camera is on the same side as the semi-circle.

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  • The red and black wires go through the middle hole.

  • Make sure the camera is on the same side as the semi-circle.

  • Make sure the Camera Mount Assembly is not upside down.

  • Note the orientation of the side wall.

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  • Do not tighten the nut all the way.

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  • Tighten this side so the camera platform stays on, but can still move up and down.

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  • Tighten the other side, but have it still loose enough the platform can still move up and down.

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  • Make sure to screw on the nut snugly to allow the camera mount to rotate up and down without much resistance.

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  • Make sure to screw on the nut snugly to allow the camera mount to rotate up and down without much resistance.

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  • Make sure you have slack in the camera wire.

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  • This is not enough camera wire slack.

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  • The servo should be flush.

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  • The wires should be going towards the same side as the vertical plate.

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  • The wires should be coming through this slot.

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  • Do not tighten so much that the board bends more than in this image.

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  • Make sure you have installed all 4 screws.

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  • Make sure your electronics board is not bending.

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  • Make sure black wire is oriented to the outside of the board.

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  • Check the labels on the light board and follow the red and black wires.

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Image 1/1: P1+ is the red wire connected to the lights.

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  • P1- is the black wire connected to the lights (see label on back of light board).

  • P1+ is the red wire connected to the lights.

  • P2- is the black wire connected to the lasers.

  • P2+ is the red wire connected to the lasers.

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You're Done!

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