A single-person pedal-powered submarine designed by students has been given a professional makeover by the experts at 3M
The 2.8m submarine, built by students at the University of Warwick (which is about as far away from the sea as it is possible to be in the UK) received a professional makeover from 3M experts ahead of a global competition. The finishing experts company, which is sponsoring the WarwickSub team, had been tasked with making HPS-Godiva 4 the best-looking contender in the European International Submarine Races, which are running from 3 to 13 July 2018.
Over five days of stripping, masking, priming, curing and painting, 3M experts at the Automotive Refinish Centre (ARC) in Atherstone, Warwickshire turned the unique human powered vessel into a fierce grey, with 3M red and black using first-class 3M products.
3M applications engineer James Cavalot said: “It’s not often we get to work on a human-powered submarine, so we really enjoyed putting our skills and products to the test. We’re really pleased with the end result, which we hope will help the WarwickSub team to stand out in the competition. It’s great to be able to help the next generation of engineers with a project like this. They’ve all put in a tremendous amount of effort and come up with some really innovative solutions, so we’re wishing them all the best of luck for the contest.”
3M has sponsored the WarwickSub project for the past five years, providing services, products and expertise for each successive team.
Last year HPS-Godiva 3, earned the 2017 WarwickSub team three awards at the International Submarine Races (ISR), held in Washington DC.