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.