Futurism reports on three world records the University of Maine just shattered “in one fell swoop.” Apparently, “using the world’s largest polymer 3D printer, a team at UMaine build the world’s largest 3D printed boat.”
This “world’s largest 3D printed boat” also happens to be “the world’s largest solid 3D printed object.” Also astoundingly, this 3D printed boat took a mere (and also record-setting) three days to construct. Truly a marvel of additive manufacturing.
This 3D printed boat project was undertaken by UMaine’s “Advanced Structures and Composites Center, which unveiled the 3D printed boat during a ceremony involving officials from Guinness World Records, to confirm the group had indeed set three new records.”
At the very end of UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center event, “the team tested the seaworthiness of its 25 foot long, 5,000 pound ship, which was dubbed 3Dirigo, in UMaine’s Alfond W2 Ocean Engineering Laboratory, which features a multidirectional wave basin and a high performance wind machine.”
Additionally, “according to a UMaine press release, 3Dirigo isn’t even the largest object the school’s 3D printer can construct. Apparently, if pushed to its limits, this 3D printer can print objects up to 100 feet long, 22 feet wide, and 10 feet high.”
“The school already has several applications for the printer lined up, too, including a partnership with the U.S. Army, through which it’ll help develop shelter systems for soldiers the military could quickly deploy.”
Image and Quotes Courtesy of UMaine and Futurism