The world’s first 3D printed sailboat hull was unveiled and introduced during a ceremony at the sailing club Circolo della Vela Sicilia (CVS), Italy. The revolutionary boat is designed and produced by OCore, an innovative Italian start-up dedicated to new manufacturing technologies. This challenging project was sponsored and supported by several companies, including Autodesk and the LEHVOSS Group. Its beginnings can be traced as far back as 2014 and 3pdbm is proud to have had a small part in helping it go from a fascinating idea into another amazing 3D printing world’s first.
Back to Arthesis
In 2015 we organized an event during Milan Design Week in collaboration with Autodesk. The Arthesis conference and exhibit invited some of the most interesting 3D printing designers working on real products. One of these companies was Livrea Yacht, the design studio behind OCore. Livrea had been working with CRP Group on the first 3D printed sailboat prototype. After meeting Autodesk, the companies began working on taking this project to the next step. The support of LEHVOSS’ materials and OCore’s development of a specific AM technology for the production of large format parts, made it possible to bring the project to completion.
Prior to the presentation of the boat and after the opening remarks of the sailing club, president Agostino Randazzo, OCore and the project partners gave a detailed overview of the concept and the technologies involved.
The body and other functional parts of the 6.5-m-long ocean racer boat are manufactured by 3D printing. “OCore, supported by the project partners, has developed a dedicated technology”, said Daniele Cevola, Managing Director of OCore. “This includes a robot, software and printing technology, including the print head. OCore succeeded in developing a material deposition system that, using the logic of a proprietary algorithm, replicates organic and morphologically complex structures. This provides lightness and resistance to a boat that could not be built in any other way.”
A faster, 3D printed sailboat hull
The concept involves the integration of digital production processes to create large components and enable simplified production processes, reduced production costs, improved flexibility of production and reduction of time to the market for products.
The LEHVOSS Group developed the customized material for this project: LUVOCOM 3F PAHT CF, a high-performance polyamide, reinforced with carbon fibers. The compound provides high stiffness, strength and low weight, which are precisely the properties needed for this application. Furthermore, it is optimized for 3D printing, allowing high Z-layer strength. “We are proud to be a partner in this exciting project and happy to be providing support with our material and processing know-how”, said Thomas Collet, Director Marketing of LEHVOSS.
The boat will start the first sailing tests in the sea in early 2019 after the actual launch.