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Above: LSAM Product Manager Scott Vaal with yacht hull mould/Image Source: Thermwood
Thermwood Corporation, Indiana-based company that develops, manufactures and distributes technology-based products, recently demonstrated the capabilities of its Large Scale Additive Manufacturing (LSAM) by 3D printing a yacht hull mould measuring 51 foot. It showcased how only a single mould may be needed for the manufacture of larger vessels, such as yachts.
This is what Thermwood calls a New Approach to manufacturing large-scale products.
The 3D printed Yacht sections of this test mould are made of carbon fiber reinforced ABS from Techmer PM. ABS was chosen because of its physical properties and relatively low cost compared to other reinforced thermoplastics.
3D Printing a Yacht – The Journey Till Date
Above: LSAM MT with large 3D printed yacht hull segment/Image Source: Thermwood
Thermwood has already 3D printed a full size pleasure boat master pattern which has been used to produce multiple production boat hull moulds. While this demonstrated the value of additive manufacturing small boat tooling, much larger vessels, yachts for example, require a different approach. In these instances, since only a single mould is needed, it is desirable to print the mould itself rather than print a plug or …
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