July 14, 2014

It didn't sink! On July 13, 2014, a 3D printed boat, fabricated by a large FDM based 3D printer, successfully completed her water trials. The boat is 2 m long, 0.8 m wide and 0.3 m high and weighs 35 kg. It is printed in nylon and can hold up to two adults.

The 3D printer was designed and developed by Sanya Sihai Innovative Electromechanical Engineering Co., Ltd in China and has a build envelope of 6 x 4 ×2m (19'68″ X 13'12″ X 6'56″). Similar as other Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printer, the printer extrudes and deposits molten thermoplastic or other material in layers to built parts from bottom up. In May, the company showcased the printer and a ceramic vase of 1m (H) x 80cm (W) created using the printer.

This FDM 3D printer will be priced around 2M RMB (US$320K, EUR235K). According to project leader Chen Min Qiao, the company plans to develop some cheaper and smaller versions of the printer for small businesses or individuals.

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