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CRP Discusses 3D Printing in Boat Building

CRP Discusses 3D Printing in Boat Building

  • Tuesday, 13th November 2018
  • Reading time: about 3 minutes

CRP Technology will present its Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) technology and patented Windform composite materials at the MetsTrade 2018 marine equipment, materials and systems trade show on 13-15 November in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

CRP will attend the second session of the round table on boat construction and materials, organised by MetsTrade in collaboration with Studio Pegorari in Milan. This will focus on the use of 3D printing in boat building and will be held on 14 November at the Construction Material Pavilion, Room D201 Elicium, from 10:00 am.

“Since the first edition, the round table has stirred great interest among yacht designers and technicians, and this year the success will repeated,” states Franco Cevolini, CTO CRP Technology. “But there is more: it is necessary to shed light on additive manufacturing techniques and composite materials in the maritime sector. There is a lot of confusion about it, and the round table will offer interesting insights into knowledge, reflection and understanding of the most recent developments in these technological fields.”

CRP will explain how the Windform composite materials, originally developed for the motorsports industry, are now finding many uses in other highly performing and demanding sectors, thanks to their mechanical characteristics and selective laser sintering technology.

“The nautical sector is one of these sectors,” says Cevolini. “But it is necessary to debunk a false myth: for example, many people believe that the hull of a boat can be built via 3D printing, just because nowadays ‘3D printing’ is even more often analogous to the word ‘composite.’ The subject is actually more complex, and it needed to be clarified. Laser Sintering Technology and Windform materials allow for the manufacturing of wind tunnel and water tunnel mock-ups, finished and functional parts and prototypes for marine equipment applications, highly customised, avoiding the construction of moulds, and with no limits in design. I mean small parts or elements on the main deck, non-metallic marine motor components, and mock propellers.”

According to the event organiser, there is a great confusion on how and for what purpose to use 3D printing. This year, it is holding a round table organised in two sessions. A first one (on 13 November at 2:00 pm) dedicated to topics related to the marine construction and a second one dedicated to the use of 3D printing in boat building. The round table offers an opportunity for technicians and yacht designers to exchange knowledge and ideas, while also giving the public a chance to interact with the speakers and gain a better understanding of the latest technical topics.

Moderator of the second session is Aaron S. Porter, Editor, Professional BoatBuilder magazine. The panelists are: Gabriele Natale of moi Composites; Jose’ Antonio Almenara of CRP Technology; Massimo Musio Sale of SUPERFICI; and Pietro Angelini of The REVYTA Project.

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