In manufacturing iAQUA products, we wanted to use the same processes, techniques and software that we have perfected for our automotive components. Duo (our Lead Designer) started sketching initial ideas for a sea scooter, after a few weeks of styling and packaging design in CAD, Stingray was conceptualised in a full-size physical 3D clay. The highly skilled process of carving a clay is usually the realm of automotive design studios, but we wanted to ensure the form and lines were perfect.
The clay surfaces were digitized using a 3D laser scanner with any imperfections solved in a-class surfacing software. Vital design considerations such as the hydrodynamics, buoyancy and ergonomics were manipulated in solid-3D modelling software before committing the parts into tooling.
Unlike smaller design firms we have large-scale tooling facilities available in-house, so were able to tune the design and parts in real time. In developing our own tools we could many solve the technical, performance and manufacturing challenges whilst ensuring the final bodywork and hull was as Duo originally conceived.