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This year’s METSTRADE Show hosted the second edition of a round table dedicated to the use of materials for nautical construction. The second day had a particular focus on the use of 3D printing.
The second session also boasted high-quality panellists – Gabriele Natale of moi Composites, Jose Antonio Almenara of CRP Technology, Gabriele Bandini of Blacks Composites, Massimo Musio Sale of SUPERFICI and Pietro Angelini of the Revyta Project.
The discussions concentrated on the potential uses for 3D printing in the marine industry. The main advantages of this technology are the great speed of execution, the uniformity of the products, and short production times. They make a big difference in a highly specialised market where prototypes are always necessary for the realisation of projects, parts are very complex and resistant, and aesthetics are of the utmost importance. 3D printing offers designers the possibility to choose the most suitable material and build a functional prototype in a few days.
Jose Antonio Almenara of CRP Technology presented the Windform composite materials, describing how materials originally developed for the motorsports industry are now finding highly competitive and advanced uses in other sectors. He explained the effectiveness of additive manufacturing and use of Windform as a structural material for marine equipment applications.
Another presentation looking at boat construction, specifically additive manufacturing in the future, was held by Massimo Musio-Sale, professor of industrial design at the University of Genoa, and Paolo Nazzaro of Superfici. They explained how – in the age of Industry 4.0 - additive technologies, 3D scanning and modelling allow a high level of detailing for both geometry and functional performance.
Additive manufacturing techniques give designers a high grade of geometrical freedom while preserving control over mechanical performance thanks to computer-aided design techniques. This opens up new opportunities for design manufacturing, shifting prototyping into the production field. Superfici was created precisely to fill this niche as a spin-off company from the Polytechnic School of Genoa affiliated with DAD (the Department of Architecture and Design, a major branch of the Polytechnic University of Turin). This young company is working for both innovation and production, and is active both in university research and industrial production.
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