How Vaupell helped WHOI achieve their ocean research initiatives with the production of cost-effective parts.

The Company

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is the world’s leading, independent  non-profit organization dedicated to ocean research, exploration, and education.

Industry: Nonprofit and higher educationVaupell Case Study – WHOI
Location: Massachusetts
Company Size: 1,000 staff and students

The Project

Critical Business Issues: The R&D team needed a cost-effective way to create small-batch parts for autonomous vehicles and other systems to use in ocean exploration.

The Solution: Vaupell provided small-batch urethane molds and assembly for a unique chassis component.

The Outcome: The production costs for this project 92% lower than the fees associated with large-scale manufacturers, enabling WHOI to deploy their innovative technology faster and make progress on their scientific research initiatives.

Our oceans are as vast as they are valuable to life on Earth. An incredible 95% of the ocean remains unexplored, and the mission of WHOI is to discover the wealth of unknown data that could shed insight on essential environmental issues like plant and animal life, erosion, pollution, and climate change.


Small batch manufacturing projects are notoriously expensive. With Vaupell, WHOI was able to reduce the cost of production by 92%.

Quick Turnaround

Vaupell’s expertise in small-batch projects made it possible for WHOI to assemble their innovative technologies faster than before.


WHOI occasionally faced challenges dealing with tolerances on larger urethane molded parts. Vaupell has been a valuable, solution-oriented partner in these instances, helping WHOI with part design, features, materials, and new techniques.

“Vaupell’s ability to make
quick-turn, small batch,
molded parts via rubber molds
from 3D printed positives is

-Keenan Ball, Senior Engineer at WHOI