Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Not Your Old Epson

Using the world’s largest 3D printer, the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center last week unveiled the largest boat ever produced by additive manufacturing. The printer made a 25-foot boat weighing 5,000 pounds, using material that’s a blend of plastic and wood cellulose.

The patrol boat was christened 3Dirigo after Sen. Susan Collins smashed a champagne bottle across the bow at the Composites Center. A Guinness World Records adjudicator came to Orono, Maine, to verify three records--the world’s largest polymer 3D printer, largest 3D-printed boat and largest solid 3D-printed item.

Pretty neat, but I wonder how well a blend of plastic and cellulose will hold up. It's hell when the termites eat your boat, not to mention the Toredo worms.

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