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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 Round Table had a particular focus on the use of 3D printing and rapid prototyping for nautical construction.
The first day on stage focused on the latest news in boat construction. An interesting range of topics were discussed, including an innovative sensor that can be incorporated into composite structures to measure deformation in situ and the load conditions inside a component. New engineering solutions designed to solve the issues of equilibrium and overall rigidity that affect superfast RIBs which speed along at up to 60 knots were also examined. And a material that can reduce fuel consumption by four per cent without increasing costs was presented – a real breakthrough for the nautical industry.
What is happening in the shipbuilding industry?»
The theme of the second day was to shed light on the state of the art of 3D printing in the nautical sector. There is a great deal of confusion about how and for what purpose 3D printing and rapid prototyping can and should be used. The contrast between 3D printing and traditional production, in which objects are given shape by the removal of excess material, is evident. The recent advent of 3D printers is making technology much more accessible: even small businesses and individuals can often afford these machines nowadays. This is an ongoing trend and it is expected that 3D printers will be widely used at all levels in a very near future.
Discover the new possibilities»