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BlueROV2 Frame Updates

By: Jonathan N., Mechanical Engineer at Blue Robotics

Hello everyone! Today we’ve got a few BlueROV2 updates to announce. We’re always working to make our products better, especially the BlueROV2, and these small changes make a big difference in the feel of the ROV’s frame. Here are the changes.

Minor updates to the BlueROV2 frame.

We have rounded the edges everywhere on the frame. Not only does this look awesome, but it makes the ROV much more comfortable to carry by hand.

Rounded edges on ROV side panel.

We have changed the threaded inserts from press-in inserts to captured inserts. We made this change to make the frame stronger and more rigid. This makes it much more ruggedized and resistant to damage. There are more pictures on the BlueROV2 product page.

Captured insert on ROV bottom panel.

Last, there are now two sets of vectored thruster mounting holes; the original set at 45° and a new set at 30°. Mounting the thrusters at 30° instead of 45° increases the available forward thrust by 22% but reduces lateral thrust by 22%. This configuration is better for missions that require flying forward quickly or for a long time. We wanted this option to speed up the ROV when searching for shipwrecks or other targets. You rarely need to move laterally at full speed, so the loss of lateral thrust is barely noticeable. In any case, the original holes are still available to give you options!


Mounting options for 45° angle to forward.


Mounting options for 30° angle to forward.

The new frame is now available separately on our store for anyone who is interested. This frame kit comes with all of the HDPE panels, the anodized aluminum enclosure cradles, and all of the required hardware.

That’s all today! Thanks for reading.

Notable Replies

  1. Tim,

    The radius is 1/8".

    We can definitely make a 3D printable template for modifying existing frames.


  2. Avatar for PacNW PacNW says:

    Hi Jonathan,

    Thanks. Not having a 3D printer that didn’t even occur to me but it’s a great idea. Actually I meant something like a PDF or DXF that I could print on paper as a drill guide either on the frame itself or to make my own hard template.


  3. Tim,

    I have attach a 1:1 scale drawing of the front and rear center panels. Let me know if this works for you. They should be printed on A4 or 8.5"x11" paper.


  4. Avatar for PacNW PacNW says:

    Thanks Jonathan! It’s not printing quite accurately for me but I can tweak it to fit. Yup 2D printing is still a thing out here in the boonies. I’m even going to use a hand drill to make the holes!


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