Hi All,

I have not posted for a while, but have been busy building my 2nd generation ROV. I was struggling a bit with the first model to get all the electronics inside, so this 2nd version has a longer and wider body.

I just finished today the main body work. Hopefully next week adding 2 lights and some motors so I can test and shoot some footage underwater.

here some pics:
Front of ROV
Back of ROV


  1. Jacob says:

    Hello. A very very cool looking ROV you have there. May I ask how you made it or is it bought? What are all the pinol screws for? Those that are going into the plates mounted to the main tube? /Jacob

  2. anykey says:

    Hi Jacob,

    I made / designed it my self. It is not done yet, currently working on the lighting system (using 4x 10watt LEDs) that will be mounted on the front.

    The screws are there to keep that plate in place so the back and front plate can be pressed against the main tube. At some point i might want to get this welded or glued, but for now the screws work and I can put enough pressure on the back plate and rubber sealing to be water tight.

  3. Niall says:

    OMG This is so so cool..

    How do you steer it??

  4. Tiago says:

    Really really cool…
    I just going to follow your project very closely…
    I was wondering how to build one of these ROVs so i have many questions.

    I’m wondering how you get your cnc plugs water prof between the pipe and the plugs, you soldered? is is just a tight fit?

    Maybe the rubber ring is enough and you press it between the pipe and the lid?

    The new Dome is amazing, is it tempered glass?


  5. Thomas says:

    Hi Richard,

    As a recently graduated mechanical engineer, I am looking for new challenges. So now I am planning to build a rov myself. On the way in doing some research for it I found your interesting website!

    Since your last post is from april, I am curious if you made any progress on the leakage problems? The design looks quite solid though! Or didn’t you have any problems anymore with the second design?

    Another question on the camera: were did you buy it and do you know the maximum range for sending hd video over the cat5? Do you need special software for it? I was thinking to use a security cam with motors in it, so you can pan the camera during the dive..

    Well nice to read this common interest, hope to hear from you!


    Ps: your own cnc milling machine and turning lathe, how cool is that!

  6. anykey says:


    I have no more leakage problems, but only have tested up to 30 meters depth. I have used a few different IP cameras, not sure yet with which one I am going to settle. Might use GO PRO camera as they have 180 degree lenses, so I do not need to pan/tilt.

    I do make from time to time progress, but I have many project going on :-) So I am for sure not the world-fastest ROV builder :-)

    Are you dutch as well? If you need help having things manufactured, feel free to reach out.

  7. Brian says:

    Hello there, I am a few years into building my own ROV, I took a slightly different approach to yourself but one thing I really do love is the dome you have the front of the new design. I am also going to be using a gopro camera for streaming and recording video so the dome is the best way to go, my question is simply how did you come across a dome with an appropriate strength and lip for sealing? Any kind of help in finding this would be very much appreciated, I know I am resurrecting an old thread but I can’t seem to find a good solution. Thank you!

  8. anykey says:

    Hi Brian,
    I had my dome custom build in china, was not that expensive, paid 70 euros for 2, including shipment. I was able to fully specify dimension and thickness.
    I found the supplier via alibaba.com

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