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3D printing and the sea

May 17, 2017.

Livrea 26.

Livrea 26, la barca figlia del vento. © Livrea Yacht.

Additive printing is about to make a splash in the maritime sector. Damen Shipyards Group, RAMLAB, Promarin, Autodesk and class society Bureau Veritas have entered into a consortium to develop the world’s first class-approved 3D-printed ship propeller. The propeller will be based on a Promarin design typically found on port tugs. The propeller, 1.3m in diameter and weighing 180kg, will be made from a bronze alloy using the Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing process. The actual printing will be performed by RAMLAB in Rotterdam. This will be the first 3D-printed maritime component to be approved by Veritas, after testing. On the pleasure craft side, Autodesk has once again entered into a partnership, this time with Italian startup Livrea, to build the first 3D-printed yacht, more specifically a 26-foot cutter. The plan is to finish the yacht in time for the 2019 Mini Transat, a solo 4,000-nautical mile race from France to the Caribbean.

gCaptain, “Dutch Consortium to Develop Class Approved 3D Printed Ship Propeller.”

3Dnatives, “Livrea veut créer le premier voilier entièrement imprimé en 3D.”

“In the Fold,” Autodesk news and opinions, “Sicilian boat builder Livrea harnesses robotic additive manufacturing to build world’s first 3d printed yacht.”