Industrial - Honours
The FerroFoil is a new type of naturally powered hydrofoil board intended for use in open & calm water environments. The board is designed for the novice rider, utilising design characteristics to increase the boards usability and encourage participation through being more approachable than other boards currently on the market.
The overarching research topic that led to the development of the FerroFoil was ‘Naturally Powered Adrenaline Water Sports.’ The fundamental purpose of the topic was to create a product that would encourage people to get outdoors, have some fun, and be social.
To ensure the board is competitive in the market, it must be priced accordingly. The two biggest determining factors of board price are materials and manufacturing methods – it is for this reason that the above materials were chosen. A perfect blend of lightweight, affordable, and structurally capable.
The overall cost of materials for the board (as based off the prototype) is approximately $650. The Board, stabilisers & Wing will all be moulded components and the rudders will be CNC machined before being assembled & finished. The final sale price of the board is estimated to be $1999 – significantly cheaper than most hydrofoils on the market today.
– 1500mm X 1000mm X 650mm
– 8.5 kilograms (prototype)
– 30 Litres (volume)
The above video demonstrates the build details of the board through a time-lapse video. It begins after the board had already been hand shaped and covers only the key parts of the prototyping stage.
Moving forward, The FerroFoil will undergo more rigorous user testing before any minor design changes may be made. The design will then look to incorporate modular construction so that it may be disassembled for travel & when not in use. Finally, a prototype of an E-Foil version may be produced.
Dominic loves working with his hands to bring products to life during the design process. Fundamentally, Dominic focuses on creating products that improve the life of their user through being deeply considered, simplistic, and functional solutions.